City Boys Cross Country
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Sunday, April 24, 2011

RUNNER OF THE YEAR

SIMON HOLDEN

As the season progressed, so did the Baylor School sophomore. Holden had some top-five finishes in the early going, but by the end of the season he had become the area’s top runner, with first-place finishes in three races — including the Front Runner City Championships. “Simon’s definitely a diamond in the rough,” Baylor coach Jan Gautier said. “He’s been a leader this year with a humble confidence. He’s still learning, but he has the confidence to win and his hard work has paid off.”

COACH OF THE YEAR

LES HEGWOOD

In only the third year of Signal Mountain’s existence as a school, Hegwood guided a team void of seniors to the Region 4-A/AA championship and a third-place finish in the Class A/AA state meet. “Getting a chance to compete in the state tournament, we were definitely motivated to get back next year,” Hegwood said. “The core of our team this year is juniors, so they’re all coming back and we’re looking forward to next year.”

FIRST TEAM

Cameron Anderson

CHATTANOOGA CHRISTIAN

Junior

He ran a personal best of 17:06 and was the Region 4-A/AA champion.

Robert Bridges

RED BANK

Sophomore

He repeated as Region 3-A/AA champion and earned his second consecutive A/AA all-state honor.

Matthew Marshall

SIGNAL MOUNTAIN

Junior

He was fifth in the Front Runner City Championships and was a Class A/AA allstate honoree.

Nick McCormick

EAST HAMILTON

Sophomore

He was third in the Region 3-A/AA meet and was all-state after a 15th-place finish in the state meet.

Andrew Oellerich

BAYLOR

Senior

He was a Division II-AA all-state honoree after a 10th-place finish at the state meet.

Thomas Walters

MCCALLIE

Senior

He was a Division II-AA all-stater for the second consecutive year and was 12th in the City Championships.

Gil Walton

MCCALLIE

Junior

Allowed to run only junior varsity races because of being on scholarship, he won the Jesse Owens Red Race.

SECOND TEAM

DEREK BARNES McCallie Freshman

AUSTIN ETHERIDGE Signal Mountain Junior

MATTHEW JONES McCallie Freshman

HOUSTON MASSEY Baylor Senior

BEN OATES Ooltewah Sophomore

SETH RUHLING Collegedale Sophomore

KENNY STEFFES Chattanooga Patriots Senior

TEAMS OF THE YEAR

1 MCCALLIE

The Blue Tornado finished third in the Division II-AA state meet.

2 SIGNAL MOUNTAIN

The Eagles were fourth in the Class A/AA state meet.

3 EAST HAMILTON

The Hurricanes finished ninth in the Class A/AA state meet.

Photos by Allison Carter, Laura-Chase McGehee and John Rawlston. Text by Gene Henley. Layout by Stacey Wysong.