The Camden Junior High Cross Country (XC) team headed to Memphis Saturday night to compete at the Memphis Twilight Classic. The course was located at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex. Thankfully, the storms held off for the young Camden lions so they could compete at their scheduled times.
This race is highly competitive, giving a glimpse of the potential of our teams. Many athletes of the team were not able to attend the meet, but those who did really showed out on the 1.25-mile course. At the end of the junior high races, the boys’ and girls’ teams came in 4th and 12th respectively.
In the boys’ race, Jackson Thornton finished first for the CJH team, placing 15th with a time of 6:45. Following closely was Kade Johnson, finishing in 7:08 for 37th place. Brady Morris (68th, 7:51) and Aiden Bullion (71st, 7:55) finished close together, followed by Everett Jones (98th, 8:18) and Wyatt Parks (139th, 8:59).
In the girls’ race, the leaders ran in a tight pack, finishing within seconds of each other. Jaylin Hagler finished in 8:40 (49th), Julia King followed with 8:41 (51st), while Paislee Matlock 8:50.45 (56th) and Sadie Fry 8:50.47 (57th) were neck-and-neck at the finish line. Completing the field for CJH girls were Stella Thornton 11:02.49 (135th) and BrynLeigh Henry 11:02.56 (136th), also with a photo-finish.
“Everyone ran hard and gave their all to finish well is such a tough, competitive race,” said Coach Hope Winders. “I was very proud of my runners this weekend.”