Station Camp sophomore Faith Brown helped boost the Lady Bison into the state cross country meet as a team, winning Thursday’s Region 5-AAA meet at Sanders Ferry Park.
Brown won by nearly 17 seconds over Mt. Juliet freshman Jalyn Jenkins, while Beech senior India Cooper finished third.
The Lady Bucs will join Station Camp at the state meet, placing second as a team while the Lady Bison came in third. Rossview won the meet by 17 points over Beech, with Station Camp finishing 36 points behind the Lady Hawks.
Beech senior Elaine Park finished sixth, while junior Lindsay Ahlmeyer placed seventh.
Three other Station Camp runners – freshman Alyssa Leaverton (16th), senior Anna Turner (18th) and sophomore Bella Gebhardt (20th) – finished in the top 20.
On the boys’ side, Beech sophomore David Ahlmeyer had the best finish out of Sumner County runners, placing 10th to qualify for the state meet as an individual.
Station Camp placed fourth as a team, 31 points behind third-place Henry County. Beech was sixth, while Gallatin finished 10th. Hendersonville and Portland placed 12th and 13th, respectively.
>> In Region 4 A-AA, Merrol Hyde Magnet sophomore Kaelyn Meier finished fourth to lead the Lady Hawks, who placed third as a team to qualify for the state meet. The Lady Hawks placed five runners in the top 24.
Merrol Hyde Magnet’s boys team will also race at the state meet after a second-place finish as a team. The Hawks placed five runners in the top 18, led by sophomore Alex Ponce’s runner-up finish. Junior Garret McGlasson finished fifth, and senior Sean Meier placed eighth. Seniors Richard Max Wagner (11th) and Joshua Alexander (18th) also collected top-20 finishes.
>> White House junior Jim Headrick (third) and Westmoreland freshman Nathan Woodard (ninth) will represent their schools at the state meet after qualifying through the Region 5 A-AA meet.
Westmoreland finished seventh as a team, while White House finished 10th.
The state meet will take place Saturday at the Steeplechase course at Percy Warner Park in Nashville.
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