This Week in Cross Country: Start of September Racing

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                                              Titus Winders winning the Brooks Memphis Twilight Classic

Labor Day has come and gone, and with its departure has arrived a new phase of training and competition.

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 place).

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 Jenna Wall.

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.