Knoxville Catholic girl wins state cross country title; KCHS, NDHS runners shine

Knoxville Catholic’s All-State cross country runners are (from left) state champion Callie Tucker, Riley Smith, Kaylee Estridge, and Spencer Stovall.

There was little suspense in the TSSAA Division II, Class AA girls cross country state-championship meet Nov.2 at the Percy Warner Park Steeplechase Course in Nashville.

Knoxville Catholic High School senior Callie Tucker won the state title on the 5K course in 18 minutes, 56.00 seconds, and by a margin of 22.04 seconds over the runner-up. It was the girls team’s first state championship since Joanna Thompson won the Division I, Class AAA crown in 2010.

Runners from the KCHS boys and Notre Dame High School girls and boys teams stood out, too, at the state meet.

Callie finished first out of 110 runners. Lady Irish freshman Kaylee Estridge placed 12th in the state with a time of 20:46.85. Both Callie and Kaylee earned All-State honors.

The Lady Irish placed eighth in the state as a team, helped by Elaina Daddabbo in 35th place, Maggie Trent in 62nd, and Tiffany Vo in 66th. Also finishing for KCHS were Ellen Vo in 71st and Eleni Christopoulos in 83rd.

For the Knoxville Catholic boys, junior Riley Smith finished sixth in the state meet out of 95 runners Nov. 2 in a time of 16:57.63, and teammate Spencer Stovall took 15th place in 17:18.56. Both earned All- State recognition.

Notre Dame’s girls cross country team members hold their regional meet runner-up plaque, while the boys hoist their region third-place award.

The KCHS boys finished seventh in the team standings. Also scoring for the Irish were Alonso Vela in 36th, Evan Deichert in 60th, and Dominic Spezia in 66th. Other KCHS finishers were Nick Gerkins in 68th and Parker Slough in 77th.

In the Division II, Class A girls state meet Nov. 2, Notre Dame’s Sophie Welch took 10th place out of 69 runners with a time of 21:04.53. Teammate Elisa Alvarado placed 18th in 22:00.94.

The Lady Irish finished sixth as a team in the state meet. Also scoring for Notre Dame were Sophia Huelscamp in 42nd place, Anna Young in 46th, and Annamarie Todd in 68th. Annamarie finished one spot ahead of teammate Maia Delaney. Joseph Shramko posted a teambest 18:20.26 time for the Notre Dame boys in the state meet Nov. 2, good for 26th place out of 68 runners.

Others scoring for the Irish were Colton Sanborn in 37th place, Jack Dimisa in 47th, Charlie Menham in 58th, and Max Flash in 61st. Zachary Varga finished 63rd and Kyle Parker 66th for Notre Dame.

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