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Middle school cross country champs crowned

Photo by Josh Hughes Hamilton’s Ellie Hines runs Friday’s girls’ Wood County Middle School championship race in 11:25.4 at the 4H campgrounds in Mineral Wells.

MINERAL WELLS — The 2019 Wood County Middle School Cross Country championships are in the books, and the crowd on-hand at the 4H campgrounds on Tuesday in Mineral Wells witnessed the best that young local placers had to offer. In the girls’ 3k race, the top two finishers broke off from the pack to make things interesting down the stretch.

Four seconds separated Hamilton’s Ellie Hines (11:25.4) and runner-up Aubrey Lantz from VanDevender (11:29.5), as the two stayed close throughout the duration of the contest. Even then, Hines said she thought she got off to a good start against Lantz and the rest of the field. Even though she said the start was a bit slower than she thought, she rallied and took home first place.

“Yeah, I got off to a little bit of a slower start than I was expecting, but it was good,” she said after the race.

“I try to keep to myself, but I also try to celebrate (winning races like this one).”

In the boys 3k race, a repeat was in store for Blennerhassett’s Brody Cochran. After toppling the field at last year’s championship, he did it again by 15 seconds (10:02.7). In a show of strength for the Bobcat boys, six of the top 10 finishers hailed from Blennerhassett en route to a total team win. One of those finishers was teammate and runner-up Anthony Ott (10:17.9). Of the win, Cochran was excited to represent his team and claim victory in this race for the second consecutive year. He’s looking forward to the final race of the year for the Bobcats, as he has high expectations cut out for himself.

Photo by Josh Hughes Blennerhassett’s Brody Cochran runs Friday’s boys’ 3k Wood County Middle School championship race in 10:02.7 at the 4H campgrounds in Mineral Wells.

“I think I was in second (at the beginning of the race),” Cochran said as he didn’t have a whole lot of catching up to do at the start. “We have one more race left, and I’m going to try and get top three at Doddridge.”

The girls’ team results ended with Edison (44) taking first place over VanDevender (52) and Hamilton (73), while Blennerhassett (85) and Jackson (105) closed out the girls’ team scores. The top five shaped those numbers, as Hines’ win helped keep Hamilton in third. Lantz’ runner-up finish firmly placed Vandy in second. Jozy Barton (11:45.6) of Blennerhassett was third, while VanDevender’s Alayna Liebau (11:47.6) edged out Desirae Caplinger (11:49.5) of Edison for fourth place.

The Blennerhassett boys’ team score of 24 helped them cruise to a team victory over second place Edison (48). A tight race for third was resolved when Jackson (93) squeaked past Hamilton (98), and it was VanDevender who closed things out with a score of 108. The bottom half of the top 10 was heavily populated by Bobcats, so the top five was where other teams got their smallest amounts of points.

Cochran and Ott’s 1-2 finish helped their team create the distance it needed, as Edison’s Chase Anderson clocked in third at 10:32.7. VanDevender’s Brian Kibet finished right behind Anderson at 10:36.1, and Tobi Adebula of Edison rounded out the top five at 10:42.9.

Contact Josh Hughes at jhughes@newsandsentinel.com

Wood Country Middle School Champship

GIRLS TEAM SCORES: Edison 44, VanDevender 52, Hamilton 73, Jackson 105, Wood County Christian

Individuals: 1. Ellie Hines (H) 11:25, 2. Aubrey Lantz (VD) 11:29, 3. Jozy Barton (B) 11:45, 4. Alayna Liebau (VD) 11:57; 5. Desirae Caplinger (E) 11:49, 6. Katie Rutherford (J) 11:55, 7. Katrina Williams (E) 12:15, 8. Reagan Longwell (E) 12:16; 9. Jaclynne Welch (B) 12:31, 10. Regan Ward (E) 12:35; 11. Olivia Carpenter (H) 12:39, 12. Karma Hedges (VD) 12:49, 13. Olivia Carpenter (H) 12:49, 14. Jaden Eagle (E) 12:55; 15. Kayla Marlow (VD) 13:07, 16. Makayla House (H) 13:11, 17. Tionna Worstell (E) 13:15, 18. Addi Warman (J) 13:20, 19. Amy Lantz (VD) 13:22, 20. Ashlyn Eagle (H) 13:25, 21. Jodriana Barclay (VD) 13:32, 22. Jetta Wright (E) 13:45, 23. Sandra Knight (VD) 13:48, 24. Peyton Louden 13:49, Lillian Blair (VD) 13:49, 26. Justice Anthony (H) 13:52, 27. Kiera McPeek (H) 13:53, 28. Ella Heldman (J) 13:59, 29. Ellie McClung (H) 14:04, 30. Audriana Medina (H) 14:05, 31. Molly Whitecotton (E) 14:10, 32. Mya Baruwa (B) 14:13; 33. Shaylinn Naylor (E) 14:14, 34. Brenan Harvey (H) 14:17, 36. Izzy Deguzman (E) 14:21, 37. Ella Walsh (J) 14:30, 38. Madelynn Monroe (B) 14:50, 39. Sydney Davis (WCC) 14:53, 40. Megan Hoosier (E) 15:00, 41. Skylar Wilkinson (WCC)15:03, 42. Lily Farinash (J) 15:07, 43. Mackenzie Brick (E) 15:08, 44. Audrey Sundstrom (B) 15:57, 45. Olivia Kennerly (VD) 16:22, 46. Brooke Cline (E) 16:23, 47. Hannah Brick (E) 16.25, 48. Drew Towner (E) 16:29, 49. Alexis Flanagan (J), 50. Kennedy Porter (H) 18:09, 51. Jaycee Lynch (H) 18:09, 52. Isabell Stephens (E) 19:01, 53. Sarah Barnes (E) 20:18

BOYS TEAM SCORES: Blennerhassett 24; Edison 48; Jackson 93; Hamilton 98; VanDevender 108.

Individuals: 1. Brody Cochran, (B), 10:02.7; 2. Anthony Ott, (B), 10:17.9; 3. Chase Anderson, (E), 10:32.7; 4. Brian Kibet, (VD), 10:36.1; 5. Tobi Adebula, (E), 10:42.9; 6. Carter McLain, (B), 10:44.3; 7. Harry Silvis, (B), 10:47.4; 8. Zach Farnsworth, (B), 10:49.1; 9. Lucas Jenkins, (B), 10:50.8; 10. Jacob Copen, (H), 10:53.9; 11. Lex Wigal, (E), 10:55.2; 12. Landen Deuley, (J), 10:57.7; 13. Jack Mills, (H), 11:01.3; 14. Mackiah Claudio, (E), 11:04.0; 15. Kayden Marshall, (E), 11:05.3; 16. Turner Garretson, (E), 11:05.6; 17. Jackson Wharton, (J), 11:09.8; 18. Daniel Martin, (J), 11:11.0; 19. Justin Stull, (B), 11:16.9; 20. Braycon Hedges, (VD), 11:24.8; 21. Ricardo Salazar, (VD), 11:33.8; 22. Brayden Deuley, (J), 11:38.5; 23. Jakob Leisure, (B), 11:38.8; 24. Caleb Lynch, (H), 11:40.1; 25. Chase Uppole, (J), 11:42.0; 26. Eathan Dela Cruz, (H), 11:46.8; 27. Conner Storey, (J), 11:54.6; 28. Anthony Herrera, (H), 11:58.9; 29. Christian Posey, (B), 11:59.7; 30. Cooper Cancade, (J), 12:00.7; 31. Caleb Polsley, (E), 12:02.6; 32. Connor George, (J), 12:06.9; 33. Landon Edwards, (H), 12:07.2; 34. Matthew Mullen, (B), 12:14.2; 35. Jordan Dearth, (B), 12:15.5; 36. Bryce Smedley, (E), 12:17.6; 37. Sam Marks, (B), 12:22.9; 38. Patrick Arnold, (B), 12:24.0; 39. Butch Knight, (VD), 12:26.4; 40. Ian Lemley, (VD), 12:31.8; 41. Cyler Marks, (J), 12:43.0; 42. Jackson Smith, (E), 12:46.6; 43. Bryson Wilhelm, (J), 12:46.9; 44. Nathan Thornton, (H), 12:57.3; 45. Connor Nelson, (J), 13:03.5; 46. Isaiah Spears, (E), 13:06.0; 47. Sam Chichester, (J), 13:06.8; 48. Luke Anderson, (H), 13:07.2; 49. Clayton Yeagar, (E), 13:19.4; 50. Xavier Alaniz, (H), 13:33.3. 51. DJ Martin, (J), 13:35.4; 52. Chance Kirgis, (VD), 13:36.5; 53. Aaron Grose, (H), 13:39.5; 54. Trenton Welch, (B), 13:43.0; 55. Aiden Matthews, (H), 13:45.4; 56. Alex Hanna, (E), 13:52.7; 57. Jason Skidmore, (E), 13:53.2; 58. Zayden Cunningham, (J), 14:11.4; 59. Nick Homer, (J), 14:41.3; 60. Bradley Burke, (VD), 14:45.5; 61. Sheldon Johnson, (J), 15:02.6; 62. Killian Koster, (J), 15:04.3; 63. Jayden Ervin, (VD), 15:26.8; 64. Deric Marshall, (J), 16:40.1; 65. Xavier Johnson, (H), 21:16.3.

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