Thursday was another solid day for cross country runners in Catoosa and Walker Counties as they turned in some impressive times during the Front Runner Championships at the Baylor School in Chattanooga.
On the girls' side, Gordon Lee's Gracie O'Neal clocked in at 19:03. That time was good enough for the runner-up spot in the individual standings, just three seconds in back of winner Kathryn Vradenburgh of the home-schooled Chattanooga Patriots.
Kaylan Jackson ran a 23:44 for the Lady Trojans, followed by Kate Gilliam (23:45), Taylor McAllister (23:46), Grayson Alexander (23:50) and Emma Cate Dendy (23:56). Gordon Lee placed eighth in the team standings.
Heritage was fourth overall as Caylee Carpenter ran a 21:30 to place 17th in the individual standings. Allison Craft (21:35) was one spot back, while Alex Gass (21:52) placed 21st. The rest of the lineup included Lucy Hicks (22:25), Lilly Black (23:37), Finley Brisendine (24:35) and Skye Remko (24:40).
The Baylor girls won the meet with 41 points, followed by Signal Mountain High School (76) and GPS (94) in the top three.
Hannah Dearing paced the LaFayette Lady Ramblers with a 24:43. Kaci Rogers (25:30), Caitlyn Watson (28:24), Hope McClure (28:39), Sierra Jackson (29:45), Sarai Parauhatsanon (30:50) and Lauren Pike (36:49) rounded out the varsity lineup.
Ridgeland was led by Macie Boren, who clocked in at 23:36. Filling out the lineup for the Lady Panthers were Taylor Payne (35:26), Katie Taylor (35:33) and Cayla Coleman (38:49).
Lillian Murphy was the only varsity runner for LFO, clocking in at 30:49.
On the boys' side, McCallie dominated with 36 points, while Baylor (78) and Signal Mountain (149) were the top three. Red Bank's Cole Bullock crossed the line in 15:39 to win by 21 seconds.
Heritage was sixth overall as Caleb Boyd led the way with a time of 18:08. Ryan Craft clocked in at 18:34, followed by Dakota Carter (18:38), Joel Lewis (18:50), Jonathan Manion (19:46), Luke Shackelford (20:02) and Nhan Le (20:08).
LaFayette turned in a top 10 finish with a ninth place showing. Josh Perea finished in 18:25, followed by Devin Henderson (18:38), Matthew Newsom (18:54), Mason Burkett (18:56), Andrew Long (19:41), William Sainthill (20:12) and Noah Armstrong (21:02).
One spot behind in the team standings was Gordon Lee, who saw Jasper Wilson break his own school record with a 16:50. That time gave the junior a fifth place overall finish individually. The rest of the Trojans roster included Ian Goodwin (17:39), Jake Lee (18:22), Jake Wright (20:20), Cole Collins (20:44), Michael Hubona (20:51) and Beau Barrett (21:34).
Ridgeland got a 19:03 from Coby Voyles, a 19:20 from Eliot Jones and a 19:30 from Josiah Williams. Rounding out the lineup was Will Voyles (20:17), Dakota Dehart (20:37), Beau Baker (20:39) and Bode Tucker (20:56).
Dau Dau recorded a 19:11 to pace the Ringgold Tigers. Joseph Santiago (20:36), Cooper Shull (21:00), Alex Bales (21:37), Dylan Simpson-Rister (21:38), Jacob Anderson (21:54) and Skyler Lohmann (22:59) also competed for the Blue-and-White.
And for the LFO Warriors, Eric Martinez came home in 17:26 to place 14th overall. Roc Hammonds (20:25), Brandon Guzman (21:32), Blake Arrellano (22:54), Christian Amiotte (24:11) and Avery Murphy (24:13) also ran for LFO.
The Area 6-AAA and Area 6-AAAA championships will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 24. The 6-AAA meet will be held in Reseca, while Edwards Park in Dalton will play host to the 6-AAAA meet.
The Area 6-A meet will be held at the Darlington School in Rome on Thursday, beginning at 11 a.m.