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Cross Country Starts The Season Strong
With the multiple months of practice and training for this year’s cross country season, all of it is starting to pay off for the team.
Last Saturday, the cross country season officially started, with the first meet being held at Scottsboro High School. Multiple runners representing Sparkman participated in most races, with the team starting off strong this season.
At the Scottsboro Invitational, the primary events were the varsity boys and girls 5000 meter run, a total distance of 3.1 miles. The secondary event of the meet was the junior varsity 2.1 mile run, both boys and girls. Small school boys and girls varsity races were also held.
For the boys 5000 meter run, Ethan Edgeworth from Cold Springs High secured the win, with a time of 15 minutes and 14 seconds. In second place, Trisan Teer of Hewitt Trussville High, with a time of 15 minutes and 21 seconds. At third place, Evan Hill from Scottsboro High, with a time of 15 minutes and 25 seconds.
For Sparkman, Tayeshon King got the best time at 17 minutes and 48 seconds, placing him in 33rd overall. For second place, John Murray with a time of 18 minutes and 18 seconds, placing him in 40th overall. For third was Casey Campbell with a time of 18 minutes and 40 seconds, placing him at 50th overall.
In the girls 5000 meter run, Ella Carter of James Clemens High had won the race, with a time of 19 minutes and 22 seconds. In second place, Emma Bothern from James Clemens High, with a time of 19 minutes and 41 seconds. At third place, Anahi Barboza from Fort Payne High, also with a time of 19 minutes, 41 seconds, and .81 milliseconds.
For Sparkman, Samantha Menikheim got the best time at 19 minutes and 51 seconds, placing her in 5th overall. For second place, Jenna Duncan with a time of 21 minutes and 49 seconds, placing her in 24th Overall. For third place, Addie Doggett with a time of 22 minutes and 31 seconds, placing her in 31st overall.
Moving on to junior varsity, the boys were the only ones to participate in the race category. Overall, Noah Spellman from Grissom High won the race, with a time of 11 minutes and 47 seconds. In second was Lelan Neal from Hewitt-Trussville High, with a time of 12 minutes and 16 seconds. In third was Noah Jordan from Hewitt, with a time of 12 minutes and 33 seconds.
For Sparkman, Reed Perry got the best time at 13 minutes and 48 seconds, placing him at 38th overall. In second was Colton Zimmerman with a time of 14 minutes and 37 seconds, placing him at 65th overall. In third was Nick Pressnell with a time of 15 minutes and 37 seconds, placing him at 87th overall.
Following the good start to the Sparkman cross country season, the team will participate at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex in Memphis, Tennessee this Saturday.