The Cumberland County Jets and Lady Jets raced on a flat, woodsy course at Baylor School in Chattanooga on Oct. 18. Rain showers developed on and off throughout the day, changing to heavy black clouds by race time. The stifling heat and humidity definitely had an impact on the race results for the day.

The boys raced first with T.J. Noel starting the Jets with a time of 19:29. Finishing in second place was a heroic performance by senior Kris Martin finishing with a personal best time of 19:58.

Drew DeLorenzo continues to keep a top five finish in third place in 20:15 William Seney finished fourth with 20:35, and Dustin Atchley anchored the team with 20:38.

"Our boys are running very close, but we are going to have to improve our times," said Coach Louie DeLorenzo.

Forrest Longway and Josh Carruba finished sixth and seventh, respectively, with times of 21:31 and 22:54.

The Lady Jets ran next with the ever increasing heat and humidity.

"I feel sure that was a factor in the race today," said Coach Pat Koehl.

Amelia McCoy, just coming off the illness list, finished first for the team in 22:31. Running second was freshman Victoria Ports in 22:43. Leah Shulley and Courtney Koehl ran third and fourth, respectively, with 23:13 and 23:31. Just off the injury lists were Angelina Noel and Amanda Server, who finished 25:17 and 25:40.

"We have a very strong girls' team going into the regionals. Fighting illness has been a huge factor this year. We have managed to keep away from running injuries, but have encountered too many other detrimental factors," added Coach Koehl. "If we can get some time to heal and rest, we'll be there in the top three in the region, qualifying for the state meet. That's the ultimate goal for these girls. They are focused and gutsy. It will all be up to them."

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