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D-B girls, Science Hill's Hutchins shine in separate meets

From staff reports • Sep 29, 2019 at 1:00 PM

JOHNS ISLAND, S.C. — The Dobyns-Bennett girls team won the Low Country Invitational convincingly on Saturday with a team score of 46 points.

Senior Emma Russum led the Tribe contingent with her second win of the season. Russum’s time was 19:20.19.

Fellow senior Julianna McReynolds was fourth overall in 19:42.21, followed closely by Autumn Headrick in 19:44.49.

The other scorers for the Tribe were Gracie Allen (ninth, 20:08), Morgan Cordell (27th, 21:16), Grace Walters (113th, 23:52) and Hope Fulkerson (139th, 24:33).

The Lady Trailblazers were good for a fourth-place effort, finishing just seven points out of second. Kamryn Wingfield (20:23), Patricia Chellah (20:24) and Judy Chellah (20:26) earned individual honors. Boone’s other varsity members were Grace Sheldon (21:36), Lauren Spry (21:53), Chloe Brown (22:17) and Alysse Rowland (22:42).

The Daniel Boone boys were runners-up in the 48-team Low Country Invitational.

The Trailblazers totaled 130 points, behind only the 108 total of champion Lexington (S.C.).

Boone’s Conner Wingfield earned individual honors with a fourth-place finish in 16:21. Other varsity members were Max Austin 17:39.1, Keaton Smith 17:39.4, Bryson Lewis 17:51, Austin Galloway 17:53.5, Mason Lewis 17:53.8 and Jameson Cline 18:03.

D-B’s boys finished in eighth place with 296 points, paced by Dane Sullins’ 48th-place finish in 18:04.

NIKE DESERT TWILIGHT XC FESTIVAL

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. — Science Hill’s Jenna Hutchins made a little bit of history late Friday night in the Nike Desert Twilight Cross Country Festival at the Grande Sports Complex.

Hutchins became the first girl from outside Arizona or Colorado to win the sweepstakes division. She finished in a blazing 5-kilometer time of 16:38.97 (5:21/mile).

Hutchins’ time is the second fastest ever in Tennessee — behind only Kathy Kroeger’s 16:32 at Foot Locker South in 2006 — and currently ranks the Lady Hilltoppers star third in the country.

Hutchins’ time is also the second fastest for a sophomore since 2000, coincidentally behind only Kroeger’s aforementioned performance.

In terms of course history, Hutchins’ time ranks second behind former Nike Cross Nationals multiple-time champion and current University of Washington All-American Katie Rainsberger’s 16:23.4, run in 2015.

Hutchins got out front early and pushed the pace, winning by 11 seconds over Desert Vista freshman Lauren Ping.

In 2006, Kroeger, running for Independence, won the TSSAA AAA state title in a Percy Warner Steeplechase course record of 16:59.45 that still stands today. She also took the Foot Locker national crown in 17:29 by seven seconds over Aurora Scott.

FOOTBALL

SULLIVAN NORTH 34, PIGEON FORGE 8

PIGEON FORGE — Quarterback Austin Hartsock rushed for 90 yards and passed just three times for 60 yards to lead the Golden Raiders (4-2) to the road win over the Tigers (0-5) on Friday night.

Dale Potter was Sullivan North’s leading rusher with 90 yards and Yancy Dolan added 70 on the ground.

Tristan Jobe and Christian Hill led the Raiders’ defensive efforts.

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