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Three Oxford runners capture titles

CORINTH — Oxford won three of four cross country races this past Saturday in the Corinth Invitational. Oxford’s boys tied with Saltillo with 46 points but finished second overall, while the varsity Lady Chargers finished third overall.

Lucian Duchaine led the Chargers and the overall meet with a first-place finish time of 17 minutes, 11 seconds in the 5K race.

Austin Carter finished fifth overall with an 18:10, while Tristan Orman was four seconds behind Carter, good for seventh overall. Harrison Dickens finished with an 18:26, good for 15th, Austin Super was 18th with an 18:29, Kendall Jenkins was 22nd with an 18:42, while John David Hankins as 24th with an 18:45. Oxford’s boys are now ranked third in the state.

The varsity girls were led by Callie Mayo, who was also the overall winner with a time of 15:53 on the 4K course. Emily Hankins was ninth with a 16:38. Audrey Dayan was 15th with a 17:05; Katelyn Wigginton finished 25th with an 18:08, Kate Anderson was three seconds behind with an 18:11; Mary Katherine Pearson was 30th with an 18:46, while Mary Sybil Byars finished 31st with a 19:20.

Sage Mullins was the third Oxford runner to record a first-place finish as the led the junior high boys with a time of 11:20 in the 3K race. Charles Pegues finished ninth with an 11:48. Cope Duchaine was 21st with a 12:36. John Super was 25th with a 12:45. Harriman Abernathy was 26th with a 12:49. Harry Tyner and James Moore were 35th and 36th 13:14 and 13:15.

Atop girl’s list
Swayze Elliot was the top finisher for the girls in the junior high race with a 13:38, which placed her sixth overall. Laurel Telford was 15th with a 14:13; Rosemary Neilson finished with a 14:29; Christina Forgette was 24th with a 14:32; Rebecca Grayzel-Ward was 32nd with a 15:12; Caroline Crews was 33rd with a 15:12, while Madeline Henderson was 34th with a 15:21.

“We had outstanding individual performances in all four races with Lucian, Callie and Sage all winning their events. That’s a big result for us,” OHS coach Scott Kendricks said. “Our boys tied Saltillo with 46 points and placed second on the sixth-runner tiebreaker, which only teaches our boys that every single runner and place can be virtually important. That’s a great lesson before the state meet. Our boys also beat Pontotoc, who have been consistently been ranked above us all season. Our varsity girls were solid once again with Callie, Emily and Audrey running smart races.

“Sage Mullins ran an exciting race to win the junior boys race leading the race for almost the entire distance, while Swayze Elliot ran another great race to lead our junior girls with her sixth-place finish.”

Back at it
Both varsity squads return to action for the regional championship at Saltillo on Oct. 29. (October 18, 2011, Page 10)

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