Lions make history with state meet trip
Posted: Friday, October 28, 2011 12:02 pm
By KEVIN WEAKS
Dresden is making a run at history.
The Lions’ cross country teams picked up a couple of firsts on Tuesday afternoon with Class A-AA State Meet berths.
Dresden will send its girls’ team and boys’ runner Austin Maxey to the state meet following their impressive showings at the Region 7A-AA Meet at Obion County Central High School in Troy.
Led by Sarah Hatler’s runner-up finish, the Lady Lions placed third overall with 70 points, while Maxey placed fifth in the boys’ meet with a time of 18 minutes, 25 seconds.
The top three teams and top 10 runners advance to the state meets, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Percy Warner Park Steeplechase Cross Country Course in Nashville. The A-AA girls’ meet will start at 10 a.m., followed by the boys’ 1A-AA meet at 10:45.
“I’m just excited,” Dresden coach Wendi Maxey said. “This is the first time in our history that a girls’ team is going to state and the first time that a member of the boys’ team is going.”
Going into regionals, Hatler and Maxey could have been considered locks to make the state trip as both have finished near the top in their regular season meets. In fact, on most days, the only runner capable of beating Hatler has been Jackilyn Street of Bradford, who won the girls’ regional individual title.
For Hatler to be joined by her team, it would take a drop in times and a move up the standings for the other member runners.
Consider it mission accomplished — and, with perfect timing
Theresa Minisquero jumped into the medalist group with a 15th-place finish, followed by Katelin Brown in 17th, Tiana Winstead in 20th and Christen Patterson in 32nd.
“Sarah has finished second in most races,” her coach said. “But, this was the first time Theresa has finished in the top 15. They’ve all gone from 30-minute times to 25-minute times all this year. And, it’s the first year on the team for three of them.”
The team berth into the state meet is more meaningful when considering the fact that only Hatler and Winstead had run cross country prior to this year.
The top 15 runners in both meets earned medals for their efforts.
Dresden’s boys lack enough runners to compete for team honors but had some nice individual efforts on Tuesday.
Maxey, son of the coach, led the way for the Lions in a race that was competitive for the top spots after champion Daniel Williamson of Union City crossed the finish line in a time of 16:48.
“Austin as come a long way this year,” coach Maxey said. “It wasn’t his personal best, but it was right at it. And, he has one more year to improve.”
The younger Maxey has been running since the sixth grade and advanced to the junior high state meet each of his three years.
This, however, is his first year to reach the prep state meet.
Also running for the Lions were Justin James in 42nd place in a time of 22.13, Brent Robins in 49th with a 23.13 and Ben Herron in 51st at 33.58
“They had a plan going in,” Maxey said. “They wanted to slack back a little and then finish strong, not overdo it at the beginning.”
Obion Central won the girls’ team championship, while Crockett County took the boys’ title. Published in The WCP 10.27.11