Overton County Middle Schools Jr. Wildcats cross country team competed at the Mid-State Regional Qualifier this past Saturday in Lafayette.
The team took advantage of the cool temperatures to qualify eight runners for the state championship. Five qualified for the middle school championship and three for the elementary race.
OC’s middle school girls did not have enough runners to compete for the team standings; however the middle school boys team finished 9th out of 12 teams.
Clayton Ledbetter, Aden Ryglewski, and Haden Clark were the middle school boys state qualifiers for Overton County.
Ledbetter paced the team with a finish of 13:20, which was good for 15th place. Ryglewski was another place winner, finishing 22nd with a time of 13:41.
Clark turned in his second best time of the year, finishing in 14:23 (49th). Avery Huddleston turned in his best time of the year and barely missed qualifying with a time of 14:47 (57th). Xavier Hancock also turned in a season best time, finishing in 15:33 (69th).
Pilot Bowman finished the season in strong fashion with a time of 15:38 (70th). Joel Sanders wrapped up the OC contingent finishing with a time of 18:40 (86th).
Briley Reagan and Allison Cooper were the only girls who competed for Overton County in the middle school girls event. Both were place winners and qualified for the state championship.
Reagan turned in her normal top-20 finish despite a slightly slower time than usual. She finished in 15:23, which was good enough for a medal and 19th place.
Cooper turned in her best time of the year, qualifying as a first-year runner in 16:18 (32nd). Like Reagan, she also earned a place winner medal.
In the elementary races, Dakota Miller, Alex Krantz, and Audrey Clark all qualified for the state championship. Unlike the middle school race, which is 2 miles, the elementary distance is 1 mile.
On the boys side, Dakota Miller finished 27th with a time of 7:22 and Alex Krantz pushed to a 45th place finish with a time of 8:12.
On the girls side, Clark continued to show why she is one of the best young runners in the mid-state. The 3rd grader ran the mile in 7:07 and powered her way to an 8th place medal.
The Jr Wildcats state qualifiers will wrap up the season on Saturday, Oct. 19 participating in the Tennessee state championships in Knoxville. The action starts at 9:30 a.m. central time.