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Todd qualifies for state

By Keeli Parkey

Three seasons have results in three state meet appearances for a Lady Devil runner.

Megan Todd, a junior in the Unicoi County High School cross country program, will compete against the best in the state this weekend at Percy Warner Steeplechase Course in Nashville after qualifying for the TSSAA championship during the Region 1-A/AA meet held at Daniel Boone High School last week.

UCHS head coach Thad Higgins said Todd finished seventh with a time of 21:41 at the region meet on Thursday, Oct. 27, in Gray.

“The top 10 runners qualify for state,” Higgins said. “So, Megan will get to compete in Nashville on Saturday (Nov. 5).”

The state berth adds another accolade to a stellar career for Todd, who qualified for the state meet in both her freshman and sophomore seasons. In 2015, she finished in 15th place with a time of 20:52, 26 seconds ahead of her personal best and within striking distance on the top finisher.

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While Todd was the only UCHS runner to advance to state, Higgins said other runners turned in solid performances. 

“While Megan was the only athlete to qualify for state, freshman Cheyenne Wilson and sophomore John Campbell both ran to a 15th-place finish, qualifying them for all-region honors,” Higgins said.

“All of the runners ran a great race on Thursday, and I couldn’t be more proud of the hard work that each member of the team put in this season,” he added.