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Clinton runners post competitive times

  • Ethan Bolton was one of six varsity boys Mavericks participating in Saturday’s 2022 Cherokee Classic 5K Cross Country race. Bolton finished the rain-soaked course in 19:37.00. - Tony Cox

  • Clinton’s Caleb Holt completed Saturday’s Cherokee Classic with a time of 20:47.00. Caleb finished 131st in a field of 224 runners. - Tony Cox

  • Oak Ridge’s Joe Blair was one of seven varsity Wild- cats runners who compet- ed in the Cherokee Classic on Saturday morning. Blair finished the course with a time of 18:43.00 and was 64th overall in the 5,000 meter event. - Tony Cox

  • Clinton’s Marissa Winter was one of five varsity girls’ Dragons XC runners who competed in Saturday’s rainy Cherokee Classic 5,000 meter cross country event. Winter completed the course with a time of 29:22.00. - Tony Cox

  • Anderson County’s Kaitlyn Fisher is continuing con- tinuing to finish strong as the 2022 Cross Country season has begun. Fisher finished 10th out of 194 entries in the varsity leg of Saturday’s Cherokee Classic 2022. - Tony Cox

  • Oak Ridge’s Dylan Job was the top Lady Wildcats runner to complete Satur- day morning’s Cherokee Classic in Knoxville. She finished the 5,000 meter course 7th overall with a time of 19.49.00. - Tony Cox

In their second competition of the 2022 season, the Clinton High School cross country teams posted some competitive times. The Dragons and Lady Dragons were in action at the Cherokee Classic at Knoxville’s Cherokee Farms Park.

Clinton’s boys had three competitors as the Dragons’ top two runners, Ethan Ortiz and Noah Ortiz, missed the meet as they were competing in a tournament for the Clinton High School fishing team.

On a rainy Saturday, Clinton’s top male finisher was Caleb Holt. He completed the 5K course in 20 minutes, 47 seconds. Buford Watson crossed the finish line in 25:44. Gavin Clock posted a time of 25:46.

The Lady Dragons had six competitors Saturday. Ali Holifield was Clinton’s top finisher as she completed the race in 25 minutes, 52 seconds. Juliet Avila posted a time of 26:23. Marissa Winter finished in 29:22. Summer Wilson recorded a time of 30:37 and Natalie McLemore finished in 35:47.

“We had some good times for our first 5K race,” Clinton coach Tim Kumes said.

The Dragons and Lady Dragons will return to action Saturday as they make another trip to Knoxville to compete at Johnson University.

Both Clinton’s meets this season have been at Cherokee Farms in 2022, a flat course,

The Clinton teams will face a different challenge as the course at Johnson University is hilly.

“We’re going to be running hills this week in practice,” Kumes said.