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    The Covington cross country team fared well at a meet in Atoka.

The Munford High School cross country team hosted the 2019 Cougar Classic Tuesday at Nancy Lane Park in Atoka and Tipton County runners dominated the event.

Munford freshman Ryan Coley took first in the boys’ high school 5K with a time of 18:58 and Linda Giffing, a junior from Munford, won the girls’ race with a time of 22:25.

Covington’s boys won the team competition, followed by Brighton and Munford. On the girls’ side, Munford finished first, Brighton was second and Covington was third.


Rounding out the top 10 in the boys’ competition, in order of finish, were Otto Williams (CHS), San’Darius Coleman (CHS), Dylan Calzadilla (BHS), Andrew Thompson (BHS), Owen Griffin (CHS), Rayvin Fish (BHS), Justice Mack (CHS), Kapell Eugene (Millington) and Jaylen Denmark (CHS).

Finishing in the girls’ race behind Giffing, in order, were Hailey Landers (CHS), Bree Howard (BHS), Ionna Dunlap (MHS), Na’Kya Gilliam (CHS), Brianna Delgado (MHS), Katlyn Varnadore (BHS), Noa Mirandes-Santos (MHS), Rebekah Callahan (MHS) and Morgan Mitchell (MHS).

Benjamin Giffing of Munford Middle won the middle school boys’ race and Hannah Callahan, also of MMS, won the girls’ race. Munford Middle won the boys’ and girls’ team competition.

In other action:

The Lady Chargers finished fourth at the Best of the West meet Oct. 8. Na’Kya Gilliam (23:28) and her sister, Ma’Liyah (25:27), were the first to cross the finish line for Covington. Na’Kya medaled with a sixth-place finish and Ma’liyah medaled as well, coming in 15th in a field of 102 runners. Also completing the course for the Lady Chargers were Anna Reese Cousar (26:40), Sarrah Grisham (32:45) and Alexandra Burrell.

On the boys’ side, San’Darius Coleman (18:56) earned a medal for his 17th-place finish in a field of 131 runners. Rounding out the top five finishers for the Chargers were Otto Williams (19:05), Owen Griffin (19:15), Justice Mack (20:07) and Cayden Griffin (22:46). Also running for Covington were Elisha Segars (22:49), Caden Owen (23:55), James Evan Roane (24:14), DeAngelo Yarbrough (24:57) and Arimus Sanders (25:55).

Steve Holt contributed to this story.

Jeff Ireland
Author: Jeff Ireland