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Trojans, Lady Trojans win Smoky Mountain Invitational with ease

Cocke County sophomore Mika Wester races against a Seymour opponent during Tuesday afternoon's Smoky Mountain Invitational cross country meet at the Cocke County A&I fairgrounds.
Published: 12:39 AM, 09/15/2012 Last updated: 12:45 AM, 09/15/2012

Author: Staff Report
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT-Cross-country stalwart Morristown West High School again proved victorious at the seventh-annual Smoky Mountain Invitational meet held Tuesday at the Cocke County A&I Fairgrounds.

Morristown West's boys and girls teams both easily took the event championship on Tuesday. The Trojans, powered by overall winner Quintin McKinnish's nine-second victory, won by a 16-point margin over Sevier County High School.

The Lady Trojans won by a much bigger margin, winning by 73 points over Sevier County. Morristown
West took the first five individual places in the meet - including a one-two finish by sisters Chantal and Cherie Wilson, finishing 2.6 seconds within each other.

Morristown West's feeder program, West View Middle School, also won the boys and girls 3200-meter version of the event.

The host team also had its share of solid finishes in Tuesday's meet.  

In boys action, Cocke County High School - finished seventh of eight teams, under first-year coach Ray Evans. Evans took the helm of the team after longtime coach Mark Hawk stepped down at the conclusion of last season and has a number of girls and boys basketball players running on this year's team.

Ashton Franco took home the best Cocke County boys finish of the afternoon in 41st place at a time of 6:56.9. Colin White and Dominic Keller were just behind him with times of 7:14.4 and 7:17.4, respectively.

In girls action, Cocke County sophomore Mika Wester finished just outside the top 10 with a 13th place finish. Wester completed the 5k course n 7:37.4, earning nine points for the Lady Red.
Hannah Miller earned the Lady Red's next best finish with a time of 8:59.8 in 32nd position and

Stephanie Sprouse finished in a time of 10:10.4.

Cocke County continues their 2012 season at the Tusculum College Invitational on September 20 in Greeneville.

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