Isabella Iles wins MHSAA middle school XC title

Published 3:01 pm Friday, October 22, 2021

Alexander Junior High seventh-grader Isabella Iles was the top finisher out of 103 racers Tuesday at Choctaw Trails. Iles was representing AJHS in the MHSAA Middle School Cross-Country Classic, an event held every year as a state title race for middle schools and junior high teams from all over Mississippi.

Running in the Medium-Sized School Division, Iles covered the 3K course in 12 minutes and 33 seconds. Abby Summers of Corinth finished second with at time of 13:03.

The previous Saturday Iles ran a 12:25 on the same course to finished third overall in a field of 155 competitors at the Watson Ford Invitational.

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St. Patrick edged out Corinth for the team title while Alexander came in third overall out of 12 teams.

AJHS had four combined runners finish in the top 21 with seventh-grader Eliza Smith (13:17) finishing seventh overall, seventh-grader Maddie Henning (13:54) finishing in 18th place and seventh-grader Lucy Williams (14:12) coming in 20th.

Other competitors for the team coached by Shannon Knott and Kevin Bower included seventh-grader Abby Slay (14:27), eighth-grader Allie Beeson (14:35), eighth-grader Miley Mayfield (15:18) and seventh-grader Amelia Furr (16:43).

Seventh-grader Cooper Wallace was the top finisher for Alexander in the boys’ 3K race. Wallace finished in a time of 10:48.16. Wallace came up the hill at Choctaw Trails that leads to the finish line in a shoulder-to-shoulder race with a runner from West Lauderdale and another competitor from Corinth.

Just before the finish line, Wallace hit a kick that put him ahead of both and just .24 seconds in front of Landry Maxwell of West Lauderdale. Wallace was the only seventh-grader to finish in the top 12.

West Lauderdale was the first-place team out of 10 as Alexander finished in fourth place. Seventh-graders Coleman Knott (11:55) and Ian Iles (11:57) finished in 23rd and 24th place respectively for Alexander.

Other AJHS runners were eighth-grader Isaac Stovall (12:28), eighth-grader Asher Stringer (12:29), seventh-grader Karr Wolfe (13:37), seventh-grader Cohen Leggett (13:43), seventh-grader Tyndale Boerner (13:45), seventh-grader James Belk (13:59) and seventh-grader Jackson Greer (14:04).

There were 103 runners in the race that was won by Tristan Davis of St. Patrick with a time of 9:55. Saturday in the Watson race, Davis broke the state middle school boys’ 3K record with a time of 9:39 on the same course.

Seventh-grader Parker Satterfield (12:54) of Loyd Star finished 17th overall for Loyd Star in the boys’ Small-Sized School Division. Other competitors for coach Michelle Cases’ Loyd Star team were seventh-grader Tyler Britt (14:36), seventh-grader Riley Friloux (15:33) and seventh-grader Carter King (18:36).