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High School Cross Country

Cross Country: Page's Walters leads runners at Jesse Owens Classic; Brentwood girls take team title

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2019 State Cross Country – Division I Large Schools

Leigh Walters of Page 

Williamson County had a handful of runners place in the Jesse Owens Classic in Alabama over the weekend, led by Page High School’s Leigh Walters.

Walters, a senior, placed third in the girls gold division of the showcase cross country event hosted by Lawrence County High School in Oakville, Alabama. She completed the 5,000-meter course in 17 minutes, 39.55 seconds, just over five seconds back from winner Crawford West (17:34.29) of Alabama’s Vestavia Hills High School.

Brentwood senior Kaitlyn Vanderkolk finished in 17:45.98 to capture fifth and sophomore teammate Brooke Tyll was seventh in 17:59.66. The Lady Bruins claimed the team title with an 18:40 average and 61 team points. Siegel was second and Franklin took third.

The next county finisher in the girls race was Lady Bruins freshman Peyton Strauss (13th in 18:42.06), followed by Nolensville sophomore Auldyn Plant (15th in 18:44.69).

Searcy Mooney (17th in 18:51.81), Madison Lanai (21st in 19:09.78) and Eden Mittelsdorf (25th in 19:18.04) also produced solid showings in the field of 200 runners.

On the boys side, Brentwood senior Kevin Vanderkolk (15:25.76) was sixth, while Nolensville senior Nick Beattie (15:53.41) crossed the finish line in 13th. Franklin produced a pair of top 25 finishers in senior Graham Ferguson (16th in 15:58.62) and Eli Zani (22nd in 16:14.04).

The Admirals led the county with a fifth place team showing among 36 competing schools.

Plenty of locals will be in competition in Brentwood Friday during the Crockett Park Corrall hosted by Ravenwood. Varsity races begin at 4:30 p.m.

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