EHS boys, HV girls place second in state meet

from staff reports

   NASHVILLE--In Saturday's Class A/AA state cross country meet held on Saturday at Percy Warner Park, the Elizabethton boys and Happy Valley's girls proved they belonged with the best of the best.
   Both squads captured runner-up honors, with Happy Valley's Katie Williams surging to a third-place finish in the girls' competition.
   The Cyclones, competing in a 23-team field, totaled 106 points in the event, falling slightly behind Franklin Road Academy, which scored a 104.
   Placing one runner in the top 10 -- Adam Greene (16:39) in ninth -- and two others in the top 20 -- John Ross (16:48) in 12th and Matt Young (16:58) in 18th -- Elizabethton did finish ahead of district and regional champion Sullivan Central, which took third place with a 116.
   The Cougars' Luke Avery took eighth place at 16:36, and Chris Blackburn was 17th at 16:57.
   Station Camp's Ryne Sexton was tops in the individual run, posting a time of 15:56, while Jordan Longstretch of Chattanooga Arts & Sciences grabbed second place, finishing at 16:07.
   On the girls' side of things, Williams, who finished in seventh place a year ago, crossed the finish line with a time of 19:20. Caitlyn Paquet of Page was the winner at 18:58, followed by Kara Sephal of David Lipscomb with a 19:04.
   Volunteer's Jacklyn Talbert, Williams' top competition from the district and regional events, was a sixth-place finisher at 19:52.
   Turning in a commendable performance for Happy Valley, which competed in a 22-team field, was Ashley Flynn, who came in 10th with a run of 20:03.
   Scoring a 74, the Lady Warriors finished behind David Lipscomb (63) and ahead of Chattanooga Christian (93). Sullivan Central was sixth in team results, scoring a 156.
   Elizabethton's Jessica Carpenter, who set the girls' school record in the district with a 19:32, ran a 20:04 at the state, earning her a solid 12th-place showing.