The Pisgah cross country teams defended their home course on Saturday.
The PHS girls and boys teams won both small-school division championships at the Pisgah Invitational at CamptoKnowHim.
The Pisgah girls closed with a winning low score of 46 points, followed by Ider third (52), Brindlee Mountain third (57), Geraldine fourth (79) and Section fifth (101).
Pisgah’s Rhylee Bell finished second (26:27.57) individually while Kaylynn Morgan was seventh (27:46.12), Lauren Peek ninth (27:58.02), Ally Darwin 11th (28:37.30), Kaylea Griffis 17th (29:47.35) and Kimberly Miller 24th (31:52.65).
Section’s Jennifer Vega took the stop in the small-school girls race winning with a time of 26:12.77.
“She actually turned her ankle two weeks before the meet and had to sit out for a week. She really worked hard the week prior to the race. She works hard in everything she does,” said Section coach Stormy Stevens. “I can't wait to see how well she does this year. She is one of the best kids I have ever been around. She is a success to us if she finishes first, last, or anywhere in between. I am so proud of her.”
Also for Section, Madison Armstrong finished 19th (30:07.87) while Carley Patterson was 25th (32:29.32), Morgan Armstrong 26th (32:33.11) and Elizabeth Lemieux 32nd (43:24.60).
Meanwhile, Pisgah had five runners among the small-school boys race’s Top-10 finishers.
Pisgah had a winning low score of 22 points, with Geraldine second (53), Skyline third (73) and Ider fourth (74).
Tanner Baine finished third (21:07.22) for the Eagles while Tristan Little was fourth (21:32.98), Zach Cornelison sixth (21:53.75), Mason Overdear seventh (22:00.45), Trey Barrentine 10th (22:37.23), Austin Wilson 16th (23:48.16), Bryant Overdear 20th (25:54.68) and Bailey Johnson 27th (33:24.17).
Trever Saint paced the Skyline effort Saturday, finishing 11th with a time of 23:25.50. Bryant Kennamer followed with a 14th-place finish (23:42.37) while Nathan Olinger placed 15th (23:44.35), Tristan Roach 21st (26:35.70) and Karson Treece 24th (29:43.54).
North Sand Mountain’s Lane Gamble finished fifth (21:36.16) overall while Section’s Ethan Lemieux was 18th (24:33.35), Woodville’s Russell Roswal 26th (33:13.50) and Section’s William Holcomb 28th (34:04.25).
Geraldine’s Collin Mayfield won the race with a course-record time of 16.:58.92.