Liberty Bell Girls Team

Liberty Bell girls cross country claim second-straight TMSSA state championship


Pictured above from left to right: Anna Smith, Sydney Mains, Hannah Dawson, Reagan Guess, Morgan Mahoney, Karly Wilhjelm, Lexi Green and girls coach Nancy McDonald.

The Liberty Bell Lady Patriots defended their 2017 TMSAA State Championship and secured their second-straight TMSSA Championship, defeating John Sevier 75-83 during the state meet that was held in Clarksville over the weekend. The boy’s team was able to bring home a third place finish as a team.

For the Lady Patriots, Morgan Mahoney led the team finishing as runner-up overall with a time of 13:35.9. Forming a formidable pack were: Sydney Mains (20th, 14:50.5), Karly Wilhjelm (21st,  14:52.2), Reagan Guess (22nd, 14:53.5) and Anna Smith (27th, 14:59.9). Hannah Dawson placed 40th (15:15.6) and Lexi Green placed 60th (16:07.9).

"The girls ran as they have all season: with guts and love for each other,” Liberty Bell girls coach Nancy McDonald said. “Lexi Green has run #2 for us a good portion of the season, but woke up sick Saturday morning. The team took on the challenge of carrying each other's burdens.

“Morgan led the charge and Sydney ran her race of the year. Karly, Reagan, Anna and Hannah pushed in the pack. All of the ladies wanted to win for each other and for the girls who did not qualify in the top 7 for the team. This championship did not come easy. But, man, they ran a passionate race. If their efforts didn't inspire the spectators, I don't know what would."

Mahoney said that the race was tough, but the team stuck together and gained their ultimate goal.

“We honestly had no idea what was going to happen coming into the race,” Mahoney said. “That morning, we were all super nervous, but once we started to run, we got the feel for it and we just pushed ourselves.”

The boys were led by Lamarkus Dunn (8th place, 12:29.34) and Britten Dugan (9th, 12:31.10), followed by John Cheek (34th, 13:13.18), Brady Lawson (38th, 13:17.06), Bryant Thurman (49th, 13:34.04), Samuel Moody (50th, 13:35.66) and Gabriel Rivera (54th, 13:39.49)

“Our boys held their heads high as conference champions, runner-up in the sectionals meet and third in the state of Tennessee,” Liberty Bell boys coach David Nutter said. “I can’t put into words how proud I am of all their efforts in the sport and in the classroom.”

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