The month of September is still considered early season
racing, but momentum this time of year can make a difference come November.
Henry County junior Titus Winders made a statement this past
weekend, winning the Brooks Memphis Twilight Classic in 15:21.15. Winders paced
the field to an impressive victory of almost 30 seconds.
On the girls' side in Memphis, Houston junior Ella Baran
took second place at Brooks, running an 18:30.06. Closely following her was
Arlington sophomore Erica Fisher, who posted an 18:31.08 for third. Baran and
Fisher were the only Tennesseans to place in the top ten.
Over in East Tennessee, it was Greeneville's Will Cronin who
would win the Terry Hull Crawford Classic. Cronin ran 16:07.0, leading his team
a first place finish with 25 points.
Elsewhere in the area, Ben Tabor secured a close win at the
Victor Ashe Park Fall Classic, taking the race with a 16:38.98. Hardin Valley
Academy took the boys team title with 48 points, led by Brennan Humphreys
(17:30.39, 6th place) and Kenton Bachmann (17:32.66, 7th
Niamh Schumacher dominated Victor Ashe in the girls' race.
Schumacher took the win by nearly a two-minute margin, running an 18:24.40. The
girls' team title would also go to Hardin Valley, led by Madison Grimm and
In the mid-state there wasn't as much action this past
weekend. Riverdale's Timothy Dye (16:40.21) and Emma McClellan (19:02.33) won
the Warrior Classic in Murfreesboro. The Mt. Juliet boys (51 points) and
Riverdale girls (49 points) took home the team titles.
Up this weekend, we have the A.F. Bridges Invitational from
Steeplechase in Nashville, as well as the Chickasaw Trails Invitational that
will attract in-state talent to Oakville, Alabama.
Many of the state's top teams will take this week off in
preparation for the Trinity/Valkyrie Invite in Louisville, Kentucky on the 17th.