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Fisher wins region cross country championship

Anderson County High team advances to state

Kaitlyn Fisher, a sophomore at Anderson County High School, won the Region 2 A/AA cross-country championship on Tuesday at Victor Ashe Park in Knoxville.

Her winning time was 20:09.00.

The boys and girls teams from Anderson County also qualified for the state meet.

The Clinton teams failed to qualify for the state meet.

“None of the Dragons made the final cut, but it was a great year,” said Tim Kumes, Clinton head coach.

Anderson County’s Macy Caldwell, a senior, took third place with a time of 22:12.00; and Marley Caldwell, a freshman, took eighth place with a time of 22:54.00.

“We came in second,” said Derek Wallace, head coach of Anderson County. “Sadly, we had beat Alcoa three or four times this year head-to-head, but I had two runners home sick. Megan Haire, who was actually ranked coming into the final race as the third-best runner in the region. If we would have had Megan, we probably would have been region champions for the first time in school history, but it wasn’t meant to be.”

Other top local finishers included:

• Haley Braden, sophomore, ACHS 24:30.00

• Alison Holifield, sophomore, CHS, 24:31.00

• Emily Boring, sophomore, ACHS, 25:13.00

• Jade Guadarrama, senior, CHS, 25:18.00

• Alexis England, senior, CHS, 26:16.00

• Adeline Shelton, senior, CHS, 26:43.00

• Morgan Lindsay, freshman, ACHS, 26:48.00

• Marissa Winter, junior, CHS, 27:20.00

• Juliet Avila, junior, CHS, 27:21.00

• Victoria Laster, junior, ACHS, 27:58.00

• Abigail Bible, senior, CHS, 29:17.00

The team results among the girls was as follows:

1. Alcoa

2. Anderson County

3. Stone Memorial

4. Midway

5. Clinton

6. South-Doyle

7. Halls

Fisher and Macy Caldwell were named first team All-Region while Marley Caldwell was named second team All-Region.

For the boys, senior Abdul Jaber of Alcoa took first place with a time of 16:58.00. Junior Connor Chandler of Anderson County finished fourth with a time of 18:20.00.

“I was really pleased with those guys. I’ve only got two boys who ran before this year - Connor Chandler and Ryan Basford. Everybody else is new this year,” Wallace said.

Other top local finishers included:

• Ryan Basford, sophomore, ACHS, 19:41.00

• Vance Laster, freshman, ACHS, 19:48.00

• Seth Shrout, senior, CHS, 20:16.00

• Ben Clotfelter, freshman, ACHS, 20:33.00

• William Swaggerty, senior, CHS, 21:20.00

• Ethan Ortiz, junor, CHS, 21:44.00

• Wyatt Lodahi, junior, ACHS, 21:52.00

• Ethan Bolton, sophomore, ACHS, 21:58.00

• Noah Ortiz, sophomore, CHS, 22:41.00

• Michael Dueble, senior, CHS, 24:55.00

The team finals for the boys were as follows:

1 Alcoa

2. South-Doyle

3. Anderson County

4. Cumberland County

5. L&N Stem Academy

6. Stone Memorial

7. Scott

8. Clinton

9. Austin East

10 Midway

11 Carter

12 Halls

Chandler was named first team All-Region.

The state meet will be held Friday, Nov. 5, in Hendersonville at Sanders Ferry Park. It will start at 1 p.m. central time.