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Lady Cougars run sixth at Cherokee

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By Dwane Wilder

In a field as large as the one they faced Saturday, the Lady Cougars have never finished higher.

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With Carlie Childress and Lauren Evans leading the charge, the Campbell County High School girl’s cross-country team took sixth place out of 22 complete and 12 incomplete teams at the Cherokee Classic in Knoxville.

Childress ran the 3.1-mile course in 21 minutes, 45 seconds to finish 22nd overall. Only a couple seconds behind her was Evans, who placed 23rd.

Dobyns-Bennett won the meet, followed, in succession, by Farragut, Knoxville Catholic, Knoxville Webb, Oak Ridge and Campbell County. The Lady Cougars missed fifth place by only nine points.

“I’m very tickled with the girls,” said Campbell County coach Jim Pierce.

“That’s our best finish ever at Cherokee. To come in sixth in this kind of meet, that’s tough to do.”

Shelby Jones finished 43rd for the Lady Cougars, followed by Lindsay Evans, 56th; Camille Reynolds, 88th; Jessica Moore, 104th; Courtney Miller, 121st; Lucy Branam, 161st; Haley Adkins, 172nd; Maria Green, 184th; Angelita Chapman, 195th; Campbell Reynolds, 204th; Allison Parker, 213th; Amber Young, 226th; Cassandra Wallen, 231st.

Campbell County’s boys finished in the middle of the pack for the second consecutive week. The Cougars placed 14th out of 28 complete and nine incomplete teams.

Dayne Deavours finished 31st overall for the Cougars with a time of 18:16. Daniel Peach was the only other Campbell County runner among the top 100 finishers. He placed 82nd overall with a time of 19:35.