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Clement, St. Al win big at Benton cross country meet

St. Aloysius took home a bunch of trophies from the Benton Academy Invitational cross country meet.

Nancy Clement, a freshman, beat 64 other runners to win the girls’ 5K with a time of 22 minutes, 29 seconds. She was 16 seconds ahead of her teammate, senior Rachel Garmon, who finished second.

Hendrix Eldridge finished fifth in 24:12, Samantha Edwards was ninth, and Julia Tuminello 17th.

St. Al tied Madison-Ridgeland Academy for the girls’ team title, with 33 points apiece, and it easily won the boys’ team title.

St. Al’s boys placed all five runners in the top 13 to total 36 points, well ahead of MRA’s 51. Logan Johnson and Walker Lambiotte led the effort by finishing fourth and fifth, respectively, and only one second apart.

Spencer Carroll was eighth, Sam Hall 11th, and Layne Sparks 17th. Aidan Dickerson finished 18th.

Clinton Christian runner Christian Parks won the boys’ individual 5K title with a time of 18:04.