Mobile Challenge of Champions
8/31/02, Mobile AL
Tara Lenn 11:48 2m, John Brigham 15:58 3m
Lenn and Brigham are awesome at Cross Country Challenge!
by Joey Warner
Sophomore Tara Lenn started the 2002 High School season at the Cross-Country Challenge at Municipal Park with a dominating victory in the girls Invitational two-mile race and Junior John Brigham used extreme tenacity to fight back to win the boys Invitational three-mile race.
Tara came into the race knowing that the competition was strong. After an off season surgery she was not sure about her racing strength this early in the season. It did not take Tara very long to take control of a comfortable lead that would give her an impressive victory. Tara finished the course in 11 minutes, 48 seconds to shatter the Meet record and she also set a personal record. The talented runner has a lot of respect for the sport and knows that each week everyone will be aiming for her.
Jenny Thompson of Arab was second in 12:00, Tara Enebak of Auburn was third in 12:02, Elizabeth Wancowicz of McGill-Toolen was fourth in 12:19 and Elena Linn of Lassiter, GA was fifth in 12:39.
Lolly York of Murphy was sixth in 12:42 and freshman Katelyn Simpson
of St. Paul’s was ninth in 13:12.
In the boy’s race Blake Fertitta of Landmark Christian appeared
to be running away with the race but Senior Ryan Lenaghan of McGill-Toolen
and John Brigham of St. Paul’s were using teamwork to reel the leader
back to them. Brigham made a move on the final half-mile that gave him
the lead to keep. Brigham came in well prepared and stuck to his race
plan. On the third mile it looked as if John was going to tuck away to
keep third however he and Lenaghan made the move on Fertitta before Brigham
outlasted both of them. John won with a time of 15:58 while Lenaghan finished
in 16:07 and Fertitta was third in 16:14. Alex McWalters of Lassiter,
Ga was fourth in 16:30 while Derrick Rogers of Murphy was fifth in 16:49
and Matt Guy of McGill-Toolen was sixth in 16:55.
Weather Conditions 90degrees/97% humidity
Course:figure 8 with some rises and tight turns
Invitational Boys:3 miles 100yds.
1-John Brigham-St. Paul's-Mobile,Al.-15:58.89(7th Fastest time on course)
3-Blake Fertitta-Landmark Christian-Fairburn,Ga.-16:14.52
7-Kyle Lewis-St.Stanislaus-Bay St.Louis,Ms.-17:03.12
9-Joseph Register-Landmark Christian-Fairburn,Ga.-17:15.25
Invitational Girls:2 Miles 86yds.
1-Tara Lenn-St. Paul's-Mobile,Al-11:48.69(New Course Record old 12:20.42 Tara Newell-McClay-Tallahassee,Fla. 2001)
4-Elizabeth Wancowicz-Mc Gill -Toolen-Mobile,Al.-1219.79
10-Nicole Rosetti-Mercy Cross-Biloxi,Ms.-13:15.76
8-Our Lady Academy-Bay St. Louis,Ms.-208
Open Boys results:3 miles 100yds.
3-Austin Creel-Spain Park-Hoover,Al.-17:43.02
12-Baldwin County-Bay Minette,Al.-294
Open Girls Results:2 miles 86 yds.
1-Brittany Wood-Spain Park-Hoover,Al.-13:24
2-Nikki Pilot-Bayside Academy-Daphne,Al.-13:31
4-Edie Dyas-Bayside Academy-Daphne,Al-14:05.40
6-Haley Moore-McGill Toolen (B-Team)-Mobile,Al.-14:17.54
8-Caroline Reehl-Bayside Academy-Daphne,Al.-14:37.95
9-Amanda Bahakel-Spain Park-Hoover,Al.-14:39.64
8-Our Lady Academy-(B-Team)-Bay St.Louis,Ms.-205