KCHS boys cross country team captures state championship

The KCHS cross country teams pose with their state meet hardware. From left are (front row) Eleni Christopouloss, Callie Tucker, Lindsay Bruce, Sophie Willson, Shila Kapaya, Emily Pichiarella, and Zack Hugg and (back row) Coach Sean O’Neil, Jake Renfree, Jacob Pettinger, James Daffron, Georde Goodwyn, Ethan Tornstrom, Alex Iman, Devin Sullivan, and Coach Erin Chady

The Knoxville Catholic High School boys cross country team won the Class A-AA state championship for the second year in a row Nov. 5 at the Percy Warner Park Steeplechase Course in Nashville.

Georde Goodwyn and Jake Renfree finished 1-2 in the state for the Irish against a field of 190 runners. Georde posted a time of 16 minutes, 12.94 seconds, to barely edge out his teammate’s 16:13.02 to win the individual title. Georde’s championship was the first in school history for a KCHS boys cross country runner.

The KCHS girls cross country team captured second place in the state Nov. 5.

Georde, Jake, and Devin Sullivan made the all-state team for the Irish boys team. Shila Kapaya and Callie Tucker made all-state for the Lady Irish.

Devin placed ninth with a time of 16:46.53 for the Irish. Also finishing for KCHS were Ethan Tornstrom in 42nd place, James Daffron in 47th, Jacob Pettinger in 51st and Zack Hugg in 134th.

The Knoxville Catholic boys scored 80 points to edge out Page (81) for the title by one point.

Shila placed fourth in the state for the KCHS girls team with a time of 19:21.10 against a field of 181 runners. Callie came in ninth with a clocking of 19:59.50. Also placing for the Lady Irish were Lindsay Bruce in 27th, Sophie Wilson in 43rd, Eleni Christopoulos in 48th, and Emily Pichiarella in 90th.

Murfreesboro Central Magnet won the state girls team championship with 61 points. KCHS edged out Christian Academy of Knoxville 97-98 for second place. ■

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