Heritage boys place third, girls fourth at Sandy Creek

TYRONE - The Heritage boys raced to a third-place finish Saturday during the Sandy Creek Cross Country Fall Classic championship.

The Patriots tallied 62 points overall. Lovett placed first with a score of 43.

Meanwhile, the Heritage girls placed fourth in the varsity division. They recorded 130 points. Starr's Mill took first with a score of 48.

In other action, the Alcovy boys finished 18th overall out of 27 teams during the Chattanooga Cross Country Festival. The Lady Tigers also placed 18th out of 19 teams.

"We went to Sandy Creek mainly as a chance to run on a pretty fast course," Heritage coach Brian Smith said. "We wanted to pick at least one course this year that was going to be a pretty fast course as far as being flat and competitive, and the weather was nice. So, in that regard we found the place we wanted to go, and we had a lot of athletes run the fastest time thus far, from our top varsity guys on down to our junior varsity runners.

"We were really pleased with how a lot of our runners were able to set personal records for the season so far."

For Heritage, Jake Hudson finished third overall with a time of 16 minutes and 57 seconds.

Heritage's Darius Calhoun (17:41) and Brandon Harrison (17:50) finished ninth and 10th, respectively. Aaron Worthy placed 12th with a time of 17:58.

"We also tried to emphasize with this meet not competing so much against each other, which naturally comes about, but to develop a team concept of racing for your team," Smith said. "With that in mind we put only five guys in the championship division, so right off the bat each one of those five knew they were going to be scoring, so they kind of had to fill their roles and run for the team. They did a real good job of running with that frame of mind."

Simone Worthy led the Lady Patriots with a mark of 21:47, good for ninth overall.

Heritage's Sarah Hayward (23:05) and Lena Killingsworth (23:05) finished 27th and 28th, respectively. Alayna Famble was 32nd with a time of 23:28.

"We put 10 runners in the varsity girls and just wanted to see where we stood," Smith said. "We're still trying to figure out who is going to be our top seven, so we wanted them to get in and compete, and they did a good job. They set a lot of personal bests and we were pretty pleased with the team finish that we were able to get."

During the Chattanooga Cross Country Festival, the Alcovy boys tallied 419 points. Their average time was 19:52.

Kell High School took first with a score of 53.

Joshua Holcombe (67th) led the Tigers with a time of 19:24. Alcovy's Vincent Bond finished 72nd (19:29), while Damontae Ivey was 84th (19:44).

In girls action, Makiala Houseworth (104th) led the Lady Tigers with a time of 26:48.

Alcovy's Briana Pace (109th) finished with a mark of 27:14, followed by Rochelle McNally (118th, 27:53) and Brittany Woodruff (122nd, 28:16).

Overall, the Alcovy girls recorded 476 points. Their average time was 28:10.

Rogers High School placed first with a score of 51.

Jason Murdock can be reached at jason.murdock@rockdalecitizen.com.