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Chiefs' Kirkpatrick wins Bristol Cross by 1.5 seconds

Jeff Birchfield • Sep 28, 2019 at 5:34 PM

 

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Cherokee senior Austin Kirkpatrick had victory in his sights Saturday at Steele Creek Park.

With the finish line coming into focus in the Bristol Cross, Kirkpatrick made a late charge to edge William Hartig of Radford for the win on the 5-kilometer cross country course.

After a sprint up the final hill, Kirkpatrick posted a winning time of 16:56.7 — just 1.5 seconds ahead of Hartig.

“My plan was to hang back and coast. Once I got to that last mile, I wanted to go all out and to see what we could come up with,” Kirkpatrick said. “I kept getting closer and closer (to the leader). I was like, ‘All right, if I’m going to go, it’s time to go.’

“I was a little surprised I got in front of him. It was a great feeling when I did. I was wanting just top 10. Coming out and winning, it gives me the confidence the training I’m putting in is still working.”

Henry Brooks, who finished in 18:33, added a top-30 individual effort for the Chiefs.

Science Hill captured the team title on a tiebreaker after the Hilltoppers and Oak Ridge both finished with 105 points. Aaron Jones led the Hilltoppers with a 17:15 run that was good for a fourth-place overall finish.

Jones led the first lap but was overtaken by the heat and three of his competitors on the second lap. 

“I got off to a strong start, but then the heat really got to me. I had a hard week of training and it zapped my legs when we hit that second lap,” noted Jones, who feels good about his chances when the Hilltoppers return in three weeks for the Big 11 Conference meet.

“By the time we get to conference here, I should be in better shape and it shouldn’t be as hot. I know what to expect next time and what I’ve got to work on.”

Volunteer’s boys finished 10th in the standings. Rylan Greene (19:19) was the Falcons’ top finisher.

LARGE SCHOOL GIRLS

Virginia High’s Kelsey Harrington easily won the girls’ individual race. Her time of 18:28 was over a minute faster than runner-up Savannah Rivera of the Knoxville Ambassadors. Tennessee High’s Zoe Arrington was third at 20:18.

David Crockett claimed the team title 62-67 over Science Hill, making it the largest meet the Lady Pioneers have ever won. Rachel Dulaney finished sixth in a time of 20:42 to lead the winning efforts.

“It was a great day for us,” Crockett coach Lauren Chandley said. “Our freshman girls — Ashlynn Roy and Breanna Dunn — came out and really did well. Grace Krell came up and beat an individual she needed to.

“Rachel Dulaney always runs hard and Emily Ward performed really well. It’s really exciting for us.”

SMALL SCHOOLS

Webb won the small schools boys division 72-117 over Radford.

Sullivan East finished fifth, Sullivan South seventh and Sullivan Central ninth. Dillon Youngblood (18:05, 16th) was tops for South and Mason Sanders (18:31, 28th) paced Central.

The Knoxville Ambassadors took the small schools girls title 41-51 over Radford. Sullivan East finished fifth.

South’s Cara Taylor (22:05) and Sullivan Central’s Amanda Robinette (22:42) finished in the top 40 as individuals.


Bristol Cross

Saturday

At Steele Creek Park

Team results

Large School Boys

1. Science Hill 105, 2. Oak Ridge 105, 3. Morristown West 110, 4. Morristown East 140, 5. Salem 149, 6. Woodrow Wilson 177, 7. Asheville 208, 8. Bassett 210, 9. Jefferson County 215, 10. Volunteer 229, 11. Bearden 248, 12. David Crockett 253, 13. Tennessee High 286, 14. Cherokee 298, 15, Knox West 346.

Small School Boys

1. Webb 72, 2. Radford 117, 3. Knoxville Ambassadors 138, 4. Greeneville 186, 5. Sullivan East 192, 6. Abingdon 200, 7. Sullivan South 200, 8. L&N Stem 223, 9. Sullivan Central 248, 10. Castlewood 250, 11. West Greene 252, 12. University High 298, 13. Grace Christian 302, 14. J.I. Burton 352, 15. John Battle 391.

Individual results

1. Austin Kirkpatrick, Cherokee 16:56

2. William Hartig, Radford 16:58

3. Seth Jinks, L&N Stem 17:04

4. Aaron Jones, Science Hill 17:15

5. Jonah Stevens, Woodrow Wilson 17:28

6. Carter Rivera, Knox Ambassadors 17:31

7. Jordan Keith, Holston 17:36

8. Dylan Phillips, Abingdon 17:37

9. Brenna McGinnis, Woodrow Wilson 17:52

10. William Poozer, Asheville 17:54

11. Bannon Evans, Webb 17:55

12. Dermot Sadlon, Morristown East 17:57

13. Christian Henry, Morristown West 18:00

14. Zach Ilagan, Knox West 18:02

15. Zimri Kuhn, Knox Ambassadors 18:04

16. Dillion Youngblood, Sullivan South 18:05

17. Christian Crawley, Salem 18:10

18. Patrick Liposky, Morristown West 18:14

19. Adam Herron, Oak Ridge 18:21

20. Owen Lindsey, J.I. Burton 18:22

21. Zach Cooper, Science Hill 18:23

22. Seth Sauerbrei, Jefferson County 18:24

23. Evan Carr, L&N Stem 18:24

24. Eli Cox, Oak Ridge 18:25

25. Ryland Jones, Greeneville 18:27

Large School Girls

1. David Crockett 62, 2. Science Hill 67, 3. Knox West 96, 4. Oak Ridge 101, 5. Woodrow Wilson 116, 6. Asheville 123, 7. Bearden 182, 8. Salem 196. 9. Tennessee High 216, 10. Morristown East 255, 11. Bassett 270, 12. Volunteer 326, 13. Jefferson County 332.

Small School Girls

1. Knox Ambassadors 41, 2. Radford 51, 3. Knox Webb 93, 4. Abingdon 118, 5. Sullivan East 145, 6. University High 162, 7. Virginia High 175, 8. Tazewell 197, 9. L&N Stem 210, 10. Castlewood 276, 11. Happy Valley 305, 12. John Battle 316.

Individual results

1. Kelsey Harrington, Virginia High 18:28

2. Savannah Rivera, Knox Ambassadors 19:31

3. Zoe Arrington, Tennessee High 19:49

4. Marley Townsend, Knox West 20:18

5. Beatrice Shea, Oak Ridge 20:40

6. Rachel Dulaney, David Crockett 20:42

7. Makaleigh Jessee, Abingdon 20:50

8. Mandy Lowery, Sullivan East 20:58

9. Sadie Rivera, Knox Ambas. 21:00

10. Catherine Grossman, Patrick Henry 21:05

11. Emily Ward, David Crockett 21:06

12. Adele Williams, Asheville 21:08

13. Jessey Ball, Lebanon 21:11

14. Trinny Duncan, Science Hill 21:27

15. Faith Cooke, Knox Ambassadors 21:32

16. Emma Dewalt, Knox West 21:34

17. Ashley Doyle, Science Hill 21:36

18. Abby Barnes, Radford 21:38

19. Emma Hastings-Crummey, Radford 21:41

20. Charlotte McGinnis, Woodrow Wilson 21:43

21. Destiny Haller, Science Hill 21:48

22. Kamryn Krishnan, Knox Webb 21:54

23. Collete Lindley, Woodrow Wilson 22:05

24. Cara Taylor, Sullivan South 22:05

25. Elizabeth Cathey, Bearden 22:06

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