St George's sophomore Lauren Rutlin leads her team into the state meet as the favorite in DII-A
State is one day closer.
So let's take a look at the Division II Small Schools classification for the Tennessee State Cross Country Championship.
Top runner and defending state champion Allison Newman has been dealing with an injury and is not listed in the entries for the DII-A state championship.
That makes the team battle more interesting.
St. George's still has a strong front pack though, led by Lauren Rutlin's 18:12.15 season-best. Maggie Wilson and Grayce Thompson will both have good chances at finishing in all-state positions as well.
The Gryphons won the meet for the first time in their school's history last year after a second-place finish in 2018.
Here's what their top seven has looked like this year.
|St. George's Independent School (TN)|
|1) Allison Newman||18:02.5|
|2) Lauren Rutlin||18:12.2|
|3) Maggie Wilson||20:23.0|
|4) Gracye Thompson||21:09.1|
|5) Megan Yost||21:16.4|
|Average Time: 19:48.62 Total Time: 1:39:03.08 1-5 Split: 3:13.86|
|6) Sienna LIghtman||21:48.5|
|7) Emma Clayton||23:16.5|
Webb School of Knoxville looks like the top challenger.
The Spartans are led by Anna Graves, who comes in with the sixth-fastest season best in the league at 19:43. She'll have a solid shot at a top ten finish.
Here's their top seven this year.
|Christ Presbyterian Academy (TN)|
|1) Anni Routh||20:38.7|
|2) Lacy Sheppard||20:49.0|
|3) Emmy Fisher||21:11.3|
|4) Mimi Moore||22:58.0|
|5) Ellie Calhoun||23:22.6|
|Average Time: 21:47.94 Total Time: 1:48:59.68 1-5 Split: 2:43.93|
|6) Alex Dauphin||23:25.3|
|7) Olivia Fritts||23:29.0|
The Lions are looking for their first cross country state championship since 2010. Webb has 14 team championships on the guys side, including nine straight from 2009 to 2017.
Harding has the stronger top runner in Andy Henton, who's run 15:56 this season, but Webb has a tighter front group.
|Webb School of Knoxville (TN)|
|1) Kaden Narayani||17:02.6|
|2) Austin Rhea||17:07.0|
|3) Billy Robinson||17:56.2|
|4) Marcus Orton||18:03.0|
|5) Cooper Wood||18:09.8|
|Average Time: 17:39.71 Total Time: 1:28:18.54 1-5 Split: 1:07.18|
|6) Hank Johnson||18:11.2|
|7) Carson Davis||18:13.8|
But keep an eye out for the defending champs too.
That one should be a solid team battle.