Peyton Hamann won the individual Division 2-4A cross-country championship Saturday to help lead the Lady Commodores to a second-place finish behind Corinth.
The Commodores, meanwhile, also finished second behind Corinth. Hamann was first with a time of 15 minutes, 11 seconds. Esmeralda Rodriguez finished fourth with a 16:13 to finish on the All-Division team along with Hamann. Rachel Starnes finished seventh overall with a 17:30 to also make an appearance on the All-Division team. Julianna Mikell, a seventh-grader, was 15th overall with an 18:08, Abby Davis was 20th with a 19:33, while Anja Diercks finished 28th with a 21:52. Travis Lyles led the Commodores with a ninth-place finish (19:10). He was followed by Sam Faulkner (19:17) in 11th place, Jacob Roberts in 17th with a 20:24, Wes Brown in 20th with a 20:52 and Chris Gunter in 30th with a 21:45.
“I couldn’t be happier for Peyton Hamann. She was running against top competition in Corinth and she blew the field away,” LHS coach Ben Mikell said. “This is the third meet in a row that she’s been under 16 minutes and she’s ranked No. 1 in Class 4A, so the obvious goal now is an individual state championship and breaking 15 minutes. I think she can do both.
“The rest of the team is running well. Rachel Starnes is back from her injury and Esmeralda Rodriguez ran in the low 16s on a day she was sick. Our boys still have some thing to prove and they know it,” Mikell added. “I like what I’m seeing out of our youngest runners and everyone is racing better. We want to be a top five team at state. If we want it enough, we’ll do it.” (October 29, 2012, Page 4B)