25 cross country teams running at NH meet

By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY | News-Telegram Sports Editor

Sept. 14, 2007 - BIRTHRIGHT - About 25 teams, including many from Hopkins County, will gather tomorrow morning ready to run at the North Hopkins Invitational Cross Country Meet.

The meet, which will be conducted on the North Hopkins ISD campus on SH 71, will consist of seven races, starting with a youth fun run at 7:45 a.m. and ending at about 10:30 a.m. with the running of the junior high boys.

In between will be varsity girls and boys (classes A-3A finishing in one chute, 4A-5A in another), JV girls and boys and junior high races.

North Hopkins, which sent both its boys and girls teams to state last year, will be one of the favorites in the lower classification along with the Sulphur Bluff boys. Sulphur Springs is running in the upper classification race.

NH athletic director Tim Menke said that about 25 schools have sent in their entrance forms and he expects a few more could show up on race day.

Awards will be given to the top two teams in each division along with the top 20 runners.

The youth fun run (no charge) for third-through-sixth graders, will be one mile. The high school will run two miles, the high school boys will run a three-mile course, and the junior high races will be two miles.

The North Hopkins girls are coming off a meet championship at Bland.

Senior Jessi Mannis won the individual title by running the two-mile course in 12 minutes, 46 seconds. She was followed by Cayla Newkirk in fifth (14:03) and Scarlett Lozano in 15th (14:49). They each won individual medals.

Brittany Whaley came in 17th in 14:58 and Virginia Thomas was 26th in 15:19. Right behind her was Blair Bassham (15:20) and Kaylea Flippin.

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