Ole Brook sweeps team titles

Published 8:00 am Wednesday, September 15, 2021

The course was lined with waving American flags Saturday in Flowood as Northwest Rankin High School hosted a 9/11 Memorial Cross-Country Meet on their campus.

The Brookhaven High boys team made it three for three in first place finishes this season with another win and the Ole Brook girls’ team also claimed the top spot in their team competition as well.

The junior varsity will run again this upcoming Saturday at Northwest Rankin while coach Shannon Knott will take the BHS varsity team to Lee County for the Saltillo High Invitational.

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Saltillo High is the primary 5A competition year in and year out for the Panthers and last year 19 teams competed in the 4A-6A 5K race at the meet.

In the 2020 Saltillo Invitational, Brookhaven High came in second to Bartlett High of Memphis and the Brookhaven High girls finished fifth of 16 teams in their race.

At Northwest Rankin on 9/11 the BHS boys’ team claimed four of the top five spots with senior Sam Arnold finishing first, followed by his senior teammate Grayson Childress. Senior Trey Knott was fourth overall and fellow senior Jake Thompson finished fifth for BHS.

Senior Collin Kellum of Brookhaven was the ninth overall finisher and West Lincoln senior Chase Spring finished in 14th place. Loyd Star senior Todd Michael Rodriquez finished in 21st place for the Hornets.

In the varsity girls’ race, Brookhaven edged out Brandon for first place. The Ole Brook freshmen duo of Annabelle Summers and Ella Thompson were seventh and eighth place overall, respectively.

Brookhaven High senior Amy Mabile finished in 11th place and was closely followed by her senior teammate Ellie Slay in 12th place. Senior Merritt Wolfe finished in 29th place for Brookhaven High.

Loyd Star senior Aubrey Britt was the fifth overall finisher in the race.

Seventh-graders Coleman Knott (10th), Ian Iles (11th) and Cooper Wallace (13th) — all of Brookhaven High — were the top local finishers in the junior high boys 3K race.

In the junior high girls 3K race, seventh-graders Isabella Iles (7th) and Eliza Smith (16th) of Brookhaven High had top 20 finishes.