Cross country athletes from three area schools competed in the TSSAA state championships on Saturday, Nov. 2 at Percy Warner Park in Nashville.
East Robertson and Greenbrier each had one individual runner qualify for state, while the entire boys and girls teams from White House Heritage qualified.
The White House Heritage girls placed third out of 23 teams. The Patriots were led by Bella Richardson (22:33), Emily Roque (22:41), Abby Page (22:57) and Mackenzie Bennett (22:58).
The Heritage boys team placed 12th out of 24 teams. Sophomore Wade Searcy was the first Patriot to finish, coming in 36th place with a time of 18:43. He was closely followed by Zack Gilley (19:12) and Samuel Eden (19:18).
Bennett, Richardson and Roque are all seniors. But the Heritage boys will return almost their entire roster next season – except for senior Braxton Smith. Several of the Heritage runners were sick on the day of the state meet, according to coach Kevin Doty.
Greenbrier junior Gabrianna Bass finished 102nd in the D-I Large School girls race with a time of 21:47. East Robertson junior Caitlin Enck placed 35th in the D-I Small School girls race by running a 23:30.
D-I Large School Girls 5,000-meter run:
102. Gabrianna Bass, Greenbrier (21:47)
D-I Small School Girls 5,000-meter run:
20. Bella Richardson, WH Heritage (22:33)
24. Emily Roque, WH Heritage (22:41)
28. Abby Page, WH Heritage (22:57)
30. Mackenzie Bennett, WH Heritage (22:58)
35. Caitlin Enck, East Robertson (23:30)
100. Erika Buckett, WH Heritage (26:17)
103. Kailey Frank, WH Heritage (26:26)
120. Lily Bloodworth, WH Heritage (27:01)
D-I Large School Boys 5-000-meter run:
36. Wade Searcy, WH Heritage (18:43)
53. Zack Gilley, WH Heritage (19:12)
56. Samuel Eden, WH Heritage (19:18)
97. Grant Fulmer, WH Heritage (20:20)
101. Emiliano Roque, WH Heritage (20:34)
106. Lucas Taylor, WH Heritage (20:41)
140. Nikolas Taylor, WH Heritage (21:49)