Lady Raptors Sweep Cherokee Classic for Second Consecutive Year
The Cherokee Classic in Knoxville has quickly become one of the favorite meets for many of Ravenwood's cross country runners and it's easy to see why. For the second consecutive year, the Lady Raptors won both the varsity and JV races, while the boys finished top five in both varsity and JV.
For the girls, senior Julia Henderson led the way with a fifth place finish, with Jamie Blaylock (6th), Hailey Erickson (18th), and Ella Kuban (19th) all finishing in the top twenty. Addison White and Caroline Groves were fifth and sixth for the Lady Raptors, who beat second place Daniel Boone by 56 points.
The boys continue to be led by two freshman, Matthew Rigsby and Diego Zuazua, who both finished in the top fifteen and are #1 and #2 on Ravenwood's all time top seven freshman list. Nathan Tidwell, Sebastian Bielski, and Everett Jackson also scored for the Raptors with Blake Brown and Carter Myers clocking PRs. The boys finished fifth in a strong field of 34 teams.
There's no way to run better than the Lady Raptors JV team did last year when they swept the top seven places, but that didn't stop this year's squad from trying. They went 1-5 to finish with a perfect score (15 points) for the second consecutive year. Elise Strevell won the race with Madilyn Garrison, Olivia Derr, Taylor Hill, and Carson Everman finishing 2-5 to seal the win. Hanna Cho and Elena Vidal finished 6th and 7th for Ravenwood and were also in the top ten overall.
In the final race of the day, Nassim Zahrir led the boys JV team to a third place finish by running 17:40 (which would have placed him third on the team had he been running varsity) and placing second overall. Daniel Nicastro, Bryce Akridge, Brian Duncan, and Kevin Frost all finished in the top twenty to round out the scoring. Nolan McGinnity and Evan Bennett were sixth and seventh for Ravenwood. To celebrate, several of the guys chipped in to get a spectacular motorcycle cap for Coach Mueller.
Complete results are available here
The teams will be on the road again this upcoming weekend as they travel to Louisville to face most of the best teams in the southeastern United States at the Valkyrie Invitational.