Submitted The Macon County Junior High boys take off at the beginning of the middle school race.

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The Macon County Junior High boys take off at the beginning of the middle school race.

Macon County High sophomore Taylor Ward won the Mid-State Cross Country Association (MSCCA) Mid-Week Meet that was held at Macon County High on Sept. 25.

Ward posted a time of 20:44.90 and finished more than 55 seconds in front of the second-place runner, Merrol Hyde Magnet senior Kaelyn Meier.

Tigerette sophomores Selena Rios (24:46.60) and Donavyn Green (25:27.20) placed fifth and eighth, respectively.

Macon County placed second among the three girls teams with 38 points, behind Merrol Hyde Magnet (25) and in front of Gallatin (65).

Tiger sophomore Elliott McGuire placed fourth in the boys high-school race in a time of 19:13.50, more than two minutes behind the winner (Merrol Hyde Magnet senior Alex Ponce). Ponce finished more than 80 seconds in front of the second-place runner, Gallatin junior Cody Presson.

Macon County sophomore Dylan Smith recorded a time of 20:17.60 to place eighth.

The Tigers were third among the five teams with 69 points, behind first-place Merrol Hyde Magnet (36) and Wilson Central (60).

Behind race winner Laykin Ellis, the Macon County Junior High girls won the middle school race with 38 points, 30 less than second-place Westmoreland.

Ellis -- a sixth-grader -- and seventh-grade teammate Samantha Watson placed first and second respectively, in times of

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14:07.30 and 14:49.

The Tigers placed second in the boys middle school race with 66 points, behind Merrol Hyde Magnet (40).

Macon County eighth-grader Isaac Kirby placed second in a time of 12:08, less than nine seconds back of Smith County Middle eighth-grader Matthew Sinclair.

Tiger eighth-grader Matthew Evans placed seventh in a time of 12:33.40.

Macon County fourth-grader Anthony Jordan and third-grader Addison Whittemore won the boys and girls elementary races, respectively.

Jordan finished the one-mile run in 6:05.10, more than three seconds in front of Winfree Bryant fifth-grader Rafe Ater and 10 seconds better than fellow Macon County fourth-grader Caden Presley.

There was no team competition in the boys elementary division as Macon County was the only representative fielding a full team.

Whittemore finished in 7:02.90, two tenths of a second in front of Westmoreland's Braelyn Walker.

Macon County fourth-grader Khloe Redfield placed third in a time of 7:29.40.

Boys

High school

Merrol Hyde Magnet 36, Wilson Central 60, Macon County 69, Gallatin 79, Van Buren County 123

1 Alex Ponce 12 Merrol Hyde Magnet 17:09.10 1

2 Cody Presson 11 Gallatin High School 18:30.60 2

4 Elliott McGuire 10 Macon Co. High School 19:13.50 3

8 Dylan Smith 10 Macon Co. High School 20:17.60 7

14 Sam Kemp 9 Macon Co. High School 21:01.20 13

23 Clay Wyatt 10 Macon Co. High School 22:32.40 19

26 Alex Darnell 11 Merrol Hyde Magnet 23:13.30 21

35 Devin Watkins 9 Macon Co. High School 24:12.10 27

39 Eli Woodard 10 Macon Co. High School 24:20.60 29

42 Ben Ellis 12 Macon Co. High School 26:32.00 31

Middle school

Merrol Hyde Magnet 40, Macon County 66, Westmoreland 66, Knox Doss at Drakes Creek 119, Winfree Bryant 123, Smith County 138, Walter J. Baird 156

1 Matthew Sinclair 8 Smith County Middle 11:59.23 1

2 Isaac Kirby 8 Macon Co. Junior High 12:08.00 2

7 Matthew Evans 8 Macon Co. Junior High 12:33.40 7

22 Zachary Presley 8 Macon Co. Junior High 15:06.70 18

23 Conor Gammons 7 Macon Co. Junior High 15:06.90 19

24 Landon Connor 6 Macon Co. Junior High 15:12.30 20

28 Jacob Willis 7 Macon Co. Junior High 15:19.30 23

37 Max Sircy 6 Macon Co. Junior High 16:03.40 30

38 Cooper Davis 6 Macon Co. Junior High 16:14.40

52 Lukas Pharris 7 Macon Co. Junior High 17:18.40

56 Cole Gibbs 8 Macon Co. Junior High 17:42.60

Elementary

1 Anthony Johnson 4 Macon County Elementary 6:05.10 1

2 Rafe Ater 5 Winfree Bryant Middle 6:08.70

3 Caden Presley 4 Macon County Elementary 6:17.50 2

5 Brayden Leftrick 4 Macon County Elementary 6:34.20 3

6 Aidan Barlow 3 Macon County Elementary 6:43.40 4

7 Evan Groesbeck 5 Macon County Elementary 6:48.20 5

10 Hudson West 4 Macon County Elementary 6:58.80 6

11 Luke McCall 3 Macon County Elementary 6:59.40 7

12 Gage Willis 4 Macon County Elementary 7:01.20

13 Baylon Hesson 5 Macon County Elementary 7:04.30

15 Kaden Cowan 4 Macon County Elementary 7:09.70

16 Cooper Green 4 Macon County Elementary 7:14.70

17 Brody Huffines 4 Macon County Elementary 7:14.90

18 Kade Mckinney 5 Macon County Elementary 7:22.00

20 Gavin Adams 4 Macon County Elementary 8:51.30

21 Bryce Barlow 4 Macon County Elementary 9:48.60

Girls

High school

Merrol Hyde Magnet 25, Macon County 38, Gallatin 65

1 Taylor Ward 10 Macon Co. High School 20:44.90 1

2 Kaelyn Meier 12 Merrol Hyde Magnet 21:40.10 2

5 Selena Rios 10 Macon Co. High School 24:46.60 4

8 Donavyn Green 10 Macon Co. High School 25:27.20 6

17 Hannah Keene 12 Macon Co. High School 27:11.30 12

22 Laci Worrell 10 Macon Co. High School 29:14.80 15

30 Hannah Rice 10 Macon Co. High School 34:48.20 16

Middle school

Macon County 38, Westmoreland 68, Winfree Bryant 70, Friendship Christian 73, Knox Doss 125, Smith County 131

1 Laykin Ellis 6 Macon Co. Junior High 14:07.30 1

2 Samantha Watson 7 Macon Co. Junior High 14:49.00 2

13 Mia Dyer 6 Macon Co. Junior High 16:51.00 10

15 Cassie Gibbs 6 Macon Co. Junior High 16:52.20 12

16 Alexia Reed 7 Macon Co. Junior High 16:57.40 13

18 Kamryn Vester 6 Macon Co. Junior High 17:04.50 15

24 Logan West 6 Macon Co. Junior High 17:46.20 21

37 Kaylee Veatch 6 Macon Co. Junior High 19:14.00

Elementary

Macon County 25, Westmoreland 30

1 Addison Whittemore 3 Macon County Elementary 7:02.90 1

3 Khloe Redfield 4 Macon County Elementary 7:29.40 3

6 Allie Kate Austin 4 Macon County Elementary 7:35.80 6

7 Lucye Clair Polston 4 Macon County Elementary 7:36.10 7

8 Natalie Patrie 4 Macon County Elementary 7:36.70 8

11 Sydney Green 4 Macon County Elementary 8:35.40 11

14 Adasen Wix 3 Macon County Elementary 9:02.90 14

15 Samantha Warner 4 Macon County Elementary 9:26.60