The Baylor School senior's final prep campaign started well and ended just as well. She started the season competing for the United States in the World Mountain Running Championships in Kamnik, Slovenia. It ended with her cruising to her second state championship and leading the Lady Red Raiders to their third consecutive state title. Jumper still is undecided on a college choice, pondering among Georgia, Tennessee, Arkansas and Miami of Ohio. "She has come from a gangly, funny eighth-grader to a mature, wellspoken, composed senior," Baylor coach Heather Ott said. "I can't imagine a team without her."
Ott's 20th season heading the Lady Red Raiders cross country program was by far her best. The team won its third consecutive Division II-AA state championship and sixth overall and had six all-staters in the process. Baylor also won the PowerAde Invitational,
the Tennessee Classic and the Southeast Showdown and finished second in the Berry Invitational - its best-ever finish - and fourth in the Maymont Invitational. "This season was just a testament to the amount of hard work that these girls put into their preparation," Ott said. "They combined seriousness with a touchy-feely love and sisterhood. It was a hard moment to try not to let the emotion of the season coming to an end [get to me], but it was a season that you neverwant to let go."
She was seventh in the City Championships and ran to Division IIAA all-state honors.
She placed 15th or better in every CCCL race and second overall in the National Christian Homeschool meet.
She was named the CCCL runner of the year and was a Division II-AA all-state finisher.
The Florida commitment finished second in the City Championships and was a Division II-AA allstater.
The former Georgia state champion was third in the City Championships and a Division II-AA all-stater.
She was fourth in the City Championships and was a Division II-AA allstate finisher.
She overcame a tumor in her hip to repeat as Region 4 champ and earned her third A/AA all-state honor.
MICHELLE BRADLEY Ooltewah Junior
SARAH KATE GARTMAN Chattanooga Patriots Freshman
SARAH HENCKE Baylor Senior
MEG SABOURIN Chattanooga Christian Junior
PAYTON SMITH Arts & Sciences Senior
RUTHIE TOWNSEND Baylor Sophomore
KARLA VRADENBURGH Chattanooga Patriots Freshman
The Lady Red Raiders won their third consecutive Division IIAA state championship.
2 NOTRE DAME
The Lady Irish finished fourth in the Class A/AA state meet.
3 CHATTANOOGA CHRISTIAN
The Lady Chargers were fifth in the Class A/AA state meet.
Photos by Allison Carter, Laura-Chase McGehee and John Rawlston. Text by Gene Henley. Layout by Stacey Wysong.