CCHS runners compete at Nashville

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By Dwane Wilder

Although the weather wasn’t hospitable, the runners were persistent Saturday during the 44th annual A.F. Bridges Cross-Country Invitational at Nashville’s Iroquois Steeplechase course.


Torrential rainstorms forced postponement of the high school race for five hours, and the course was shorted from 3.1miles to 2.2 because of flooding.

But once the rain stopped, the 17 teams that waited out the weather were rewarded to a very competitive race.

Campbell County’s girls placed sixth while the CCHS boys took seventh. Had the Lady Cougars finished one position higher, they would’ve taken home a team trophy.

Carlie Childress placed 18th overall to lead the Campbell County girls.

The other four scorers for the Lady Cougars included Lauren Evans, 20th; Camille Reynolds, 59th; Shelby Jones, 62nd; and Jessica Moore, 72nd.

Also finishing the race for Campbell County were Lindsay Evans, 87th; Courtney Miller, 93rd; Lucy Branam, 98th; Christina Goodman, 105th; Haley Adkins, 109th; Angelita Chapman, 117th; Maria Green, 119th; Allison Parker, 123rd’ Amber Young, 126th; Christin VanEtten, 128th; and Courtney Morris, 129th.

Ensworth High from Nashville won both the girl’s and boy’s races.

Teams finishing ahead of the Lady Cougars included Brentwood Academy, Ravenwood, Sovereign Grace Academy and Columbia Central.

The top two finishers were the same in the boy’s race, with Martin Luther King finishing third, followed by Montgomery Bell Academy, Christ Presbyterian Academy, Germantown and Campbell County.

Dayne Deavours was the first runner across the finish line for the Cougars. He placed 27th overall, followed by Lucas Nelson, 46th; Daniel Peach, 61st; Kolby Poteet, 77th; Nathan Kennedy, 96th; Tyler Chapman, 113th; Caleb Ayers, 128th; Garrett Reese, 147th; Kelly McKamey, 153rd; Eli Caudill, 162nd; Jacob Owens, 164th; Robert Adkins, 168th; Gabe Bowling, 178th.