XC competed at Sanders Ferry Showdown

Posted by Beech High School on Sep 08 2020 at 06:17AM PDT

On Saturday, the Beech Cross Country team hosted the Sanders Ferry Showdown. On the boys side, the meet included eight out of the top 11 D1 Large School Division teams, including five of the top 6. On the girls side, the field included the heavy favorites to win the State Championships, Brentwood High School, as well as two other teams ranked in the top five in the State. And with Sanders Ferry Park recently being awarded the 2020 High School State Championships, all eyes were on Hendersonville on Saturday.

The boys Buccaneers came into the meet seeded eighth on paper but surprised the field with a third place team finish, missing second place by just a few points. They were led by freshman, Gabriel Cox, who set a new Beech Freshman Record by racing the 5k distance in 16:44. “Overall, we did very good,” Cox said. “Finishing third gives us confidence going forward by knowing we have raced the best teams in the state and were able to perform under pressure.” The girls finished seventh place as team and were led by freshman, Zaely Tilt. Reflecting on her strong performance, Tilt stated, “the race felt pretty smooth at first but become really tough. A lot of the girls were struggling but everyone was really encouraging, which was a great thing to see.” Boys and girls coach, Scott Wietecha was really pleased with the performance of the team. “We use the early season races to expose our weaknesses and shake off some of the rust. I knew we had a great group of athletes but both teams really raised the bar after this weekend. We have a very inexperienced boys team but they raced liked pros and shocked a lot of people by showing they’re one of the best teams in the state of Tennessee. The girls team has a lot of new faces but I’ve never had a girls team like this one before. They have a lot of love and respect for each other and aren’t afraid to push themselves in races. They will go on to do big things as well.”

The #1 ranked Franklin High School won the boys team title with Brentwood narrowly defeating Independeince on the girls side.