Oxford continued to post good results on the cross country course as both varsity teams finished in the top four at the Saltillo Invitational on Saturday.
The Chargers finished third out of the 14 teams that competed, while the Lady Chargers were fourth.
Callie Mayo continued her strong fall campaign by finishing fourth overall with a time of 16 minutes, 17 seconds on the 2.5 mile course. Freshman Emily Hankins was ninth overall with a 16:44, while Audrey Dayan gave the Lady Chargers another runner in the top 15 with a 14th-place finish (17:21). Kat Lovelace was 25th with a 17:53, while Kate Anderson finished 33 overall with an 18:17. Katelyn Wiggington and Mary Katherine Pearson placed 39th and 41st respectively.
Lucian Duchaine led the Chargers with a fifth-place overall finish (17:04). Freshman Tristan Orman was 15th with a 17:44; Austin Super was 19th with an 18:02; Austin Carter was 20th with an 18:09; Harrison Dickens was 26th with an 18:19, while Mitch Hallam and Kendall Jenkins finished 32nd and 34th respectively.
“Callie and Lucian both competed for the win and both drifted back a few places in the end,” OHS coach Scott Kendricks said. “Both could have played it safe and run for second, but we are very proud of that attempt at victory. Both varsity squads ran extremely well, especially freshmen Emily Hankins and Tristan Orman. Overall both squads have come a long way since June.”
Oxford’s boys middle school team finished third and were led by Gavin Douglas, who finished the 2.1 mile coures in 12:58, good for 19th place overall. David Dennis was 21st with a 12:59; Sage Mullins was 23rd with a 13:05, Charles Pegues was 27th with a 13:15, while Layton Campbell was 29th with a 13:16. Cope Duchaine and Harriman Abernathy were 62nd and 64th overall.
Swayze Elliott led the middle school Lady Chargers with a 21st-place finish with a time of 15:34. Sarah Grayzell-Ward was 29th with a 15:53. She was followed by Laurel Telford (34th), Christina Forgette (56th) and Rebecca Grayzell-Ward (89th). Jane Cypret Walsh was 91st, while Caroline Crews was 92nd. The team finished fourth overall.
All teams will return to action Saturday at the Tupelo Invitational. (September 19, 2011, Page 2B)