TIFTON -- The Tift County Lady Devils cross country team got its second straight win Saturday, capturing their own Blue Devil Invitational at the E.B. Hamilton Softball Complex. In the boy's meet, the Blue Devils took fifth out of 11 teams.
"It was a great day for us. The girls did well and the boys did better than they did last week," said Tift coach Patti Barber.
In the girl's event, Tift won with 54 points, Westover was second with 98 and Cairo was third with 110.
The rest of teams involved with the order of finish were: Thomas County Central, fourth; Valdosta, fifth; Berrien, sixth; Thomasville, seventh; Lee County, eighth; and Bainbridge, ninth.
Tift's top finisher in the girl's meet was Mary Crumley. The junior took third overall with a time of 22:42. Freshman Katy York was ninth overall with a time of 23:48.
The rest of the placers were senior Allyson Harten (13th, 24:11), sophomore Amanda Cawley (14th, 24:26) and sophomore Brittany York (15th, 24:27).
Westover dominated the boy's meet. The Patriots had the top three individual finishers and took first with 36 points. Lee was second, and Bainbridge was third.
The Berrien High Rebels finished in a tie with Tift. However, the Rebels had the top sixth place finisher, giving them fourth overall, just ahead of the Devils.
Following Tift were Valdosta, sixth; Cairo, seventh; Thomas County Central, eighth; Thomasville, ninth; Irwin County, 10th; and Fitzgerald, 11th.
Senior Elliott Sumner was Tift's top individual finisher. He took eighth with a time of 18:43. The rest of the Blue Devils finished in a tight group. They were senior Caleb Clements (26th, 19:56), junior Jordan Edwards (28th, 20:04), junior Ryan McDaniel (29th, 20:05) and Zach Moore (30th, 20:12).
While the varsity teams did well, the Tift junior varsity teams dominated the Blue Devil Invitational. The Lady Devils had seven runners in the top 10, while the Devils placed four of the top 10 finishers.
The Lady Devils that placed in the jayvee meet were Kelly Murray, first; Shaquanna Wilson, second; Allie Gann, fifth; Madeline Robertson, sixth; Brooke Justice, seventh; Lawson Barber, ninth; and Mallory Moore, 10th.
Tift's Luke Clark took first in the boy's jayvee meet. Jordan Wenslow was fifth, Chad Nash was eighth and Sam Holbrook was 10th.
Runners that finished in the top 10 in the junior varsity meets received medals.
All of the Tift teams will be back in action Saturday in Bainbridge at the Bearcat Invitational.
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