Knoxville Catholic and Notre Dame runners place at state championships

Runners from Knoxville Catholic High School and Notre Dame High School in Chattanooga stood out at the 2020 TSSAA State Cross Country Championship meets held at Sanders Ferry Park in Hendersonville on Nov. 6.

Senior Riley Smith of KCHS placed third in the state in the Division 2, Class AA meet, with a time of 16 minutes, 30.55 seconds over the 5K course. Teammates Alonso Vela and Wyatt Duvall, both juniors, placed 29th and 31st, and sophomore Evan Deichert of KCHS finished 42nd. Also finishing for the Fighting Irish were junior Dominic Spezia and sophomore Mason Burkhardt. As a team, the KCHS boys finished eighth overall in the state.

Kaylee Estridge, a sophomore, placed seventh in the Class AA state meet in a time of 19:57.64 for the KCHS girls team in the 5K race. Classmate Elaina Daddabbo finished 23rd. Other Lady Irish finishers were sophomores Maggie Trent and Molly Brinkmann and junior Tiffany Vo. The KCHS girls team placed 10th overall.

Notre Dame junior Sophie Welch recorded a ninth-place finish in a time of 20:55.65 in the Class A meet. Teammate and junior Anna Young placed 43rd. Also finishing for the Lady Irish were sophomore Sophia Huelskamp, seniors Annamarie Todd and Maia Delaney, and freshman Riley Share. The NDHS girls finished ninth as a team.

Colton Sanborn, a senior, led the Notre Dame boys team with a 13thplace finish in a time of 17:21.35. Joseph Shramko, a sophomore at NDHS, was close behind in 16th. Senior Jack DiMisa, freshman Patrick Osborne, sophomore Ben Jungels, senior Evan Nowell, and senior Max Flasch also finished for the Fighting Irish, who placed fifth as a team overall.

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