Brentwood Acad. sophomore running strong

Brentwood Acad. sophomore running strong


Brentwood Acad. sophomore running strong


Claire Cheeseman has finished no worse than second in her first three cross-country races this season.

The Brentwood Academy sophomore won her second race of the year in the girls gold division of the Junior Ward Tennessee Classic on Saturday. She also won the Voyles Classic in Smyrna and took second at the Cherokee Classic in Knoxville.

Cheeseman finished the 5-kilometer Steeplechase course in 19:24.00, winning by 10.7 seconds over runner-up Emma Sloan of Ensworth.

“I definitely pushed myself to keep pushing faster because I’ve been come up on before,” Cheeseman said. “I just wanted to keep the lead and be steady.”

BA scored 70 points, winning by 16 over runner-up Riverdale. The Lady Eagles placed four runners in the top 25.

“I just feel like the main thing for us was being more united in our effort,” said BA coach Cathy Cheeseman, Claire’s mom. “So I feel like that was a big step for us in the forward direction. I was happy to see Claire be able to lead from start to finish like that.”

Javan Winders’ win in the boys gold division was a reminder that football isn’t the only sport at Henry County.

The junior recorded a 16:31.60 to win by 12.10 seconds over Portland’s John Payne.

“We’re all about the football program up in Henry County, so everyone wants to play football and no one really runs cross country,” Winders said. “We’ve only got seven guys on our team and one girl. It’s tough because a lot of people who don’t understand running expect you to win everything because they’re used to football — you either win or lose.”

By comparison, Harpeth Hall has nearly 70 runners on its girls team.

Winders’ parents, Lance and Stephanie, ran cross country at Murray State.

Henry County junior Javan Winders wins the boys gold division race at the Junior Ward Tennessee Classic on Saturday at the Steeplechase course.

Henry County junior Javan Winders wins the boys gold division race at the Junior Ward Tennessee Classic on Saturday at the Steeplechase course.

Daviess County, Ky., finished with 69 points, winning by 92 over runner-up Collierville.

The gold division was for schools with larger enrollments. Teams had the option of moving up a division.

Harpeth Hall won the girls silver division with 39 points, finishing 39 ahead of runner-up Baylor. The Bears put five runners in the top 15.

“I think our depth helped us win,” Harpeth Hall coach Jenny Jervis said. “We’ve had a couple girls with injuries, so we felt confident, but we weren’t sure. The girls really ran well.”

Christian Academy of Knoxville’s Rebecca Story won in 18:46.20, beating runner-up Reagan Freeman of Harpeth Hall by 1:16.2.

“I played in a soccer game (Friday) night so I was probably a little bit tired,” Freeman said. “It’s tough, especially when it’s (two sports) right in a row the day after. But I think I did as well as I could.”

Harpeth Hall’s Caroline Daniel finished fourth in 20:34.30, a personal record for the Steeplechase course.

McCallie’s Reed Oscar won the boys silver division with a time of 16:49.10. The Blue Tornado won the team title with 47 points, beating Baylor by 12.

Junior Ward Tennessee Classic

Girls gold division: 1, Cheeseman, Brentwood Academy, 19:24; 2, Sloan, Ensworth, 19:34.70; 3, Shallow, St. Agnes, 20:00.80; 4, Morris, Lenoir City, 20:09.10; 5, M. McClellan, Riverdale, 20:13.60; 6, Underwood, St. Benedict, 20:29.60; 7, E. McClellan, Riverdale, 20:30.70; 8, Brainard, Collierville, 20:43.60; 9, Kowalski, Rossview, 21:03.50; 10, Sullivan, USJ, 21:07.20

Team: 1, Brentwood Academy, 70; 2, Riverdale 86; 3, Collierville, 125; 4, Rossview, 135; 5, St. Agnes, 150; 6, St. Benedict, 158; 7, Sovereign Grace, 166; 8, USJ, 172; 9, Germantown 256; 10, Brentwood Academy, 256

Boys gold division: 1, Winders, Henry Co., 16:31.60; 2, Payne, Portland, 16:43.70; 3, Darnall, USJ, 17:07.90; 4, Elrod, Wilson Central, 17:08; 5, Dobbs, Daviess Co., Ky., 17:13.50; 6, VanDeren, Collierville, 17:13.90; 7, Hudsmith, White Station, 17:19.50; 8, Hornsby, M.L. King, 17:28.70; 9, Goodwin, USJ, 17:33.10; 10, Kurz, Daviess Co., Ky., 17:33.40

Team: 1, Daviess County, Ky., 69; 2, Collierville, 161; 3, M.L. King, 232; 4, Blackman 248; 5, Sovereign Grace, 253; 6, Germantown 258; 7, Hume-Fogg, 258; 8, White Station, 266; 9, Bartlett, 278; 10, Wilson Central, 279

Girls silver division: 1, Story, CAK, 18:46.20; 2, Freeman, Harpeth Hall, 20:02.00; 3, Carlson, Baylor, 20:10.90; 4, Daniel, Harpeth Hall, 20:34.30; 5, Hayes, Huntingdon, 20:35.50; 6, Taylor, CAK, 20:36.70; 7, Kimler, ECS, 20:57.20; 8, Horn, White House-Heritage, 21:23.20; 9, Lytle, Trinity Christian, 21:26.70; 10, Schumacher, King’s Academy, 21:28.30

Team: 1, Harpeth Hall, 39; 2, Baylor, 78; 3, CAK, 86; 4, GPS, 98; 5, USN, 204; 6, ECS, 224; 7, Madison Academic, 233; 8, St. Cecilia, 251; 9, Hume-Fogg, 261; 10, White House-Heritage, 286

Boys silver division: 1, Oscar, McCallie, 16:49.10; 2, Whitman, Chattanooga Christian, 16:51.50; 3, Goodwin, Baylor, 16:55.50; 4, Robinson, USN, 17:02.10; 5, Carmack, McCallie, 17:13.30; 6, Carlson, Baylor, 17;32.40; 7, Sumida, Baylor, 17:40.00; 8, Lamb, Page, 17:44.90; 9, Wehner, South Gibson, 17:46.00; Ray, CAK, 17:48.00

Team: 1, McCallie, 47; 2, Baylor, 59; 3, USN 163; 4, Madison Academic, 179; 5, CAK, 202; 6, South Gibson Co., 222; 7, Father Ryan 315; 8, Lipscomb Academy 319; 9, CPA 328; 10, Page 329

Reach Chip Cirillo at 615-664-2194 and on Twitter @ChipCirillo.


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