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UCHS concludes cross country season

Unicoi County Middle School cross country programs recently wrapped up the 2015 running season with the Middle 8 Conference race held in Kingsport on Thursday, Sept. 24.
Head coach Lydia Hilliard saw Jr. Blue Devil Boone Reed lead the way by medaling with a top 10­-performance. Reed finished the event in ninth place at a time of 9:28.
“It was a season­ best performance for Boone,” Hilliard said. “Not only with a top 10-performance, but he came away just a few seconds of beating the UCMS school record held by Thad Higgins at 9:24 in a 1.5 mile race.”
Darren Soulier also came up with a solid performance for the Jr. Blue Devils by placing in the top 20 at 15th, with a time of 9:41. Rounding out the top five performers for the boys were Jordan Bridges, Caleb Adkins and Matthew Hensley with times of 10:38, 10:46 and 10:58, respectively.
In the junior varsity race for the boys, Isaac Gillis led the way with his own top 20 finish, clocking in at 18th place, with a time of 11:06. Matthew Sellars (11:16), Isaiah Smith (11:41), Peyton Morrell (13:08) and Brycen Callahan (13:36) rounded out the underclassman runners.
The Blue Devils finished the evening at sixth place in both junior varsity and varsity races.
For the Jr. Lady Blue Devils, Sabrina Todd led the way with a time of 11:35 at 19th place.
Cheyenne Wilson was near her teammate with her finish at 12:02 while Halie Dehoff added a time of 12:18. Marissa Soulier and Jimena Avila rounded the top five runners for Hilliard’s varsity ladies.
In the junior varsity race, Bella Bogart finished with a time of 12:52 at 18th place. Bernice Luquin (13:43), Lizabeth Fregozo (14:00), Leshli Lopez (16:55), Adrianna Richardson (16:56) rounded out the underclassmen runners.
An increased number of runners and great efforts at the end of the year put a stamp on a successful season, Hilliard said.
“It has been a great season,” she added. “I’m very proud of the progress that each runner has made.”
UCMS runners prepared for the XC finale by competing in the annual Raider Run on Thursday, Sept. 17, in Kingsport. Hilliard added she was proud of both teams’ efforts during a crowded race at Sullivan North High School.
Darren Soulier led the Jr. Blue Devils with a time of 11:31 for the boys while Bridges, Reed, Noah Tilson and Adkins also competed in the race.
Todd led the girls with a time of 14:13 while Marissa Soulier, Wilson, Dehoff and Valeria Ponce each competed in the event.