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Vesa Silegren of Chattanooga and Will Perry of Sale Creek finished first and second in the H Production class at the Sports Car Club of America's road racing national championships last weekend in Alton, Virginia. The hometowns of the next 21 finishers in the 29-driver race ranged from Massachusetts to Georgia on the East Coast to California — 15 states in all, plus Canada — but the two local drivers were in front by the end of the first lap of the 49-mile race at Virginia International Raceway. Silegren started second in a Honda CRX, Perry sixth in a Honda CRX Si. Perry kept challenging but never could overtake the winner. "He always caught up to me going into Oak Tree," Silegren said in an SCCA release. "I was able to pull away a little bit on the back straightaway, which was great." Said Perry: "It turned into a race of minute mistakes. One little mistake could have completely changed it, and he just made fewer mistakes."

 

Running

* After their wins in the big Royals Cross Country Challenge last week in Charlotte, both Lee University running teams are in the top 10 of the coaches' NCAA Division II national rankings, and Lee's Will Stone and Celine Ritter earned three of the four weekly Gulf South Conference honors for the sport. The Lady Flames stayed eighth in the rankings, and the men moved up three spots to ninth. Ritter was the GSC women's runner of the week for her fourth-place 17:18.9 in the 5-kilometer race at Charlotte, with more than 500 participants. Stone was 13th in 24:27.4 in the 8k and was named men's runner of the week and freshman of the week.

* Austin Peay junior Thomas Porter from Signal Mountain is the Ohio Valley Conference men's runner of the week after finishing 24th out of 162 in the Fast Cats Classic hosted by Kentucky Wesleyan. Porter covered the 8k course in 26:50.

 

Soccer

* Lee senior Riley Engels from Signal Mountain is the GSC women's soccer player of the week for her two key goals in two weekend wins. Her goal Sunday broke a scoreless tie in the 84th minute with what coach Chris Hennessey called a "display of individual brilliance," according to a Lee release.

* The Tennessee Wesleyan men's soccer team beat visiting Bryan College 2-0 in an Appalachian Athletic Conference match Tuesday, and the TWU women edged Bryan 2-1 with a last-minute goal Wednesday. Montel McKenzie and George Green scored for the Bulldogs (12-2-2, 7-1-1) from assists by Nicholas Akoto and Kyle Wynne, dropping the Lions to 5-5-2, 5-2-1. The women's scoring started in the 77th minute with Julia Ruiz Vargas for TWU (12-2, 9-1). Makena Giles tied it for Bryan (8-7, 7-3) at 82:58, but Helene Lium Nyhus converted a Chloe Rootes assist at 89:34.

* Maryville College scored four second-half goals for a 4-1 USA South women's victory Wednesday night at Covenant. Kailey Burrell scored for Covenant (6-5-2, 3-1-1) in the 21st minute from a Kyra Duble assist, but Maryville (10-4, 6-1) wound up with a 9-3 advantage in shots on goal. Taylor Frizen assisted on the winners' first goal and scored two. Covenant freshman goalkeeper Lucy Sandhoff made five saves as the reigning USAS rookie of the week. That was her second time with that honor, to go with one defensive-player selection.

 

Volleyball

* Milligan College's Kellee Geren from Cleveland is the AAC volleyball setter of the week for the fifth time this season for her 103 assists in 10 sets last week, and she had 33 in a 3-0 home win (25-13, 25-19, 25-13) Tuesday over Tennessee Wesleyan. Kalyse Garrett had 19 assists and Miyah Woodard downed eight kills for TWU (4-16, 4-11).

* Cleveland State lost the first set but then won 25-22, 25-22 and 25-20 on Wednesday at Chattanooga State. It was the Lady Cougars' third victory of the season over their TCCAA rivals and assured them of the No. 2 seeding in the conference tournament Oct. 25-26. Stephanie Burke had 13 kills, including two set-enders, in the three sets Cleveland State won.

Compiled by Ron Bush. Contact him at rbush@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6291.

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