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Runners compete at conference meet

Megan Todd races to a fourth-place finish in the Three Rivers Conference cross country meet held at Doe River Gorge on Thursday, Oct. 20. (Contributed photo)
Megan Todd races to a fourth-place finish in the Three Rivers Conference cross country meet held at Doe River Gorge on Thursday, Oct. 20. (Contributed photo)

By Keeli Parkey

The Unicoi County High School cross country teams traveled to Carter County for the Three Rivers Conference meet on Thursday, Oct. 20.

“Our conference race was once again held at Doe River Gorge this year,” head coach Thad Higgins told The Erwin Record. “The course did have some slight alterations from last year, and turned out to be one of the most challenging races we’ve run. However, the athletes rose to the challenge and each had a very successful race.”

According to Higgins, John Campbell led the Blue Devils with a time of 19:30 and a third-place finish. Teammate Darren Soulier placed 19th with a time of 21:24.

The Lady Devils had two runners finish in the top-10. Megan Todd completed the race with a time of 22:58 and a fourth-place finish. Cheyenne Wilson finished in seventh place with time of 24:52.

Last week’s results continued the teams’ success this season, according to the head coach.

“The cross country teams had an extremely productive season this year,” Higgins said. “Both the girls and the guys team had top 10 finishes, and each of the athletes improved his or her time by more than a minute over the course of the season.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the team’s performance this year, they have persevered through injuries, challenging conditions, and some very tough workouts.”

The Blue Devils and Lady Devils are scheduled to run for state berths on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 1 p.m. at Daniel Boone High School in the regional meet.

“I’m very excited for our state qualifying race on Thursday as several of the athletes have the potential to make a state bid,” Higgins said.