XC Coleman Midgett Invitational Results
On Saturday, the Beech Cross Country teams competed at the third annual Coleman Midgett Invitational at Sanders Ferry Park in Hendersonville. The event was formerly known as the Beech Invitational but was given a name change after the passing of Beech Cross Country athlete, Coleman Midgett, in 2017.
The boys team finished fourth place in the Gold Division, scoring 123 points with Ravenwood High School winning the meet with a score of 89 points. Beech was led by freshman Gabriel Cox, who finished in 7th place with a time of 16:37. “I was happy with how I ran, but I really wanted our team to finish in the top three,” freshman Jamsion Stenzel said. “But overall, I think we did what we could.”
The Beech girls team finished in ninth place in the Gold Division, with Nolensville High School taking the overall victory. Beech’s top finisher was freshman Zaely Tilt, who finished in 19th place with a time of 20:54. The girls’ team was resting two of their top runners but had a strong showing from freshman Blanca Gomez, who ran over 3:00 faster than her previous best. “I was tired during the race, but when I saw how fast I was running, I kept on pushing myself,” Gomez said.
Coach Wietecha was very pleased with the performance of his team. “Our only goal was to race hard and honor Coleman, which we did. Our boys’ team had three freshmen in our top five and a sophomore in our second position. As they continue to gain racing experience and mesh together as a team, they will only improve. I was also thrilled with how the girls’ team raced. Jordyn Evans and Blanca Gomez were asked to step up to our varsity team, and they raced like varsity athletes.”
Both squads will compete this weekend in the Southern Stampede at John Hunt Park in Huntsville, Alabama.
Boys Varsity Results Girls Varsity Results
Gabriel Cox,16:37 Zaely Tilt, 20:54
Ethan Lanning, 17:14 Meagen Lenfert, 21:42
Jamison Stenzel, 17:25 Dashari Totten, 22:28
Blake Brown, 17:26 Blanca Gomez, 22:48
Colin Everett, 17:42 Niya Angelova, 23:15
Tristan Gould, 17:46 Jordyn Evans, 23:37
Spencer Abbey, 18:21 Lexie Lawson, 24:40