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Rebels Finish 4th at State Cross Country Meet, Zani Places 9th

Max Zani
Max Zani

In Division I Large Schools, the Brentwood girls finished third in the team standings, while the Franklin boys closed fourth.

Lady Bruin sophomore Eden Mittelsdorf broke free from three other runners over the final 800 meters to finish 11th and reach the podium in 19:16.01 to lead Brentwood. Sophomore Anna Banovac (19:49.21) added a top 25 finish, while freshman Sofia Rutherford (20:27.80) was 44th.

Sophomore Leigh Walters led Williamson County finishers by racing to third-place in the large schools classification. Walters finished in 18:25.01 and was quick to point out that it wasn't her best race. "I really didn't do my best today," she said. "I felt like I could have done better and just didn't feel my strongest. … it still feels good, though."

Two-time defending champion Sasha Neglia of Dobyns Bennett actually crossed the finish line before Science Hill freshman Jenna Hutchins (17:37.01), but was disqualified after she mistakenly cut to the inside of a tree rather than the outside with about 300 meters to go. The two were neck-and-neck and pulled away from the pack over the final couple kilometers, but the mistake gave Hutchins the large schools individual title.

Senior Max Zani led the Rebels with a ninth place finish in 16:09.28 on the boys' large school side. Junior Evan Guzman (16:50.09) was the next Franklin finisher, edging Preston Hanzely of Independence for 29th. Senior Jake Renfree of Knoxville Catholic finished in 15:25.58 to win the individual championship. Centennial senior Davis Bove (15:45.59) ran to a fourth-place finish.

Junior Jack Dellinger (17:01.84) was the top Ravenwood runner, closing in 35th, while senior Connor Duncan (17:11.19) paced Page in 45th out of 202 runners.

Boys Division I Large School Team Scores

1, Siegel, 16:36.59; 2, Bartlett, 17:02.25; 3, Central Magnet, 17:02.50; 4, Franklin, 17:05.99; 5, Hardin Valley, 17:18.04.

Boys Division I Large School Individual Results

1, Jake Renfree, Knoxville Catholic, 15:25.58; 2, David Ahlmeyer, Beech, 15:40.85; 3, Cole Bullock, Red Bank, 15:44.44; 4, Davis Bove, Centennial, 15:45.59; 5, Jeb Jones, Science Hill, 15:48.64; 6, Aiden Britt, Lebanon, 15:56.63; 7, Evan Allen, Chester County, 15:56.99; 8, Fuji Anday, Central Magnet, 16:04.81; 9, Max Zani, Franklin, 16:09.28; 10, Canaan Anderson, Siegel, 16:13.02; 11, Miles Ally, MLK, 16:13.71; 12, Jackosn Williams, Arlington, 16:21.76; 13, Bradley Turner, Houston, 16:24.55; 14, Silas Winders, Henry County, 16:26.98; 15, Jordan Thomas, Knoxville West, 16:26.99.

Girls Division I Large School Team Scores

1, Knoxville West, 20:06.01; 2, Farragut, 20:24.61; 3, Brentwood, 20:24.56; 4, Arlington, 20:14.77; 5, Houston, 20:33.72.

Girls Division I Large School Individual Results

1, Jenna Hutchins, Science Hill, 17 minutes, 37.01 seconds; 2, Landri Wilcox, Cookeville, 18:05.57; 3, Leigh Walters, Page, 18:25.01; 4, Skylar Boogerd, Arlington, 18:27.74; 5, Dinah Winders, Henry County, 19:00.24; 6, Lesley Green, Rhea County, 19:04.18; 7, Andie-Marie Jones, Maryville, 19:05.99; 8, Samantha Ouellette, Central Magnet, 19:07.65; 9, Marely Townsend, Knoxville West, 19:08.63; 10, Breja Hooks, Oakland, 19:13.94; 11, Eden Mittelsdorf, Brentwood, 19:16.01; 12, Emma Russum, Dobyns-Bennett, 19:18.83; 13, Isabella Trasolini, Dyer County, 19:20.97; 14, Callie Tucker, Knoxville Catholic, 19:22.76; 15, Elizabeth Babb, Knoxville West, 19:26.71.

Source:  Williamson Herald