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Todd finishes 15th at state

An all-state performance concluded a successful 2015 campaign for Lady Devil sophomore Megan Todd.
The Unicoi County High School underclassman finished 15th in the state with a personal record during the annual TSSAA state cross country competition on Saturday, Nov. 7, at Percy Warner Steeplechase Course in Nashville.
Todd finished the evening race with a time of 20:52, 26 seconds ahead of her personal best and within striking distance of the top finisher. Saturday’s contest was won by Murfreesboro’s Central Magnet High School sophomore Taylor Cuneo with a time of 18:21.
“It really wasn’t much different than last week’s race,” head coach Thad Higgins said about the weather conditions. “It was a little chilly and wasn’t rainy, but Megan’s race was closer toward the end of the evening.”
Division I and II all competed throughout the day, but making an appearance the day before helped the underclassman get her bearings for the festivities, Higgins said.
“It was all about being mentally prepared – not worrying about the placement,” the head coach said. “Megan had to go at her pace and be prepared at each mile. We didn’t pay much attention to times of other runners because times could be different … some of the races could have just been flat with no hills. We knew Megan had a good chance of finishing well.”
Todd’s all-state honor continues what was an already dominant sophomore season. She entered the contest after earning first place in the Region 1-A/AA race at Daniel Boone and previously earned the individual championship during the Three Rivers Conference championship the week prior at Doe River Gorge.
Todd’s weekend stint was her second during her high school career. After a top 10 finish at the regional meet in 2014, the Lady Blue Devil finished toward the middle of the pack during the 2014 state meet.
“I couldn’t be more proud of her performance and what she was able to accomplish this year,” Higgins said.
Saturday officially concluded the 2015 season for the UCHS cross country teams. With a program on the rise, Higgins said he would like to see the number of runners increase next season.
“I think it will,” he added when asked about the program growing next year. “All the runners talked with their friends about the meets and the placings. It was a great year and I’m looking forward to seeing the team grow next season.”