Nine runners from the Chattanooga area were selected to the Tennessee Sports Writers Association's all-state cross country team for the 2020 season.

Chattanooga Christian School senior Jack Cottrell and Baylor freshman Mae Mae Powe led the way as they raced to TSSAA Division II-AA individual state championships in November.

Cottrell finished the 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) title race at Hendersonville's Sanders Ferry Park in 16 minutes, 18 seconds, and the Liberty University signee with a season-best time of 15:34 also won the McCallie Invitational and the Midtown Invitational.

Powe, whose season best was 18:47, became the first Lady Red Raider to win state in a decade as she flew across the finish line in 19:02 in Hendersonville.

Signal Mountain, which swept the Division I Small School boys' and girls' team titles for the second straight year, had three all-state runners: freshman Joshua Pote, sophomore Kelsey Thompson and senior Sophia Gibby.

Gibby helped the Lady Eagles to their seventh state title in the past eight years as she won the Region 3 championship in 19:50 and finished fifth at state, where Thompson was runner-up in 20:14. Pote took third in the boys' meet at 16:31.

Sequatchie County juniors Carter Bradford and Grayson Kennedy were also all-state boys' runners in D-I Small. Kennedy won six of eight meets entered, was second at state in 16:21 and had a season best of 15:37, while Bradford had four runner-up finishes and was fifth at state in 16:37.

McCallie and GPS won the Division II-AA state titles. Blue Tornado freshman Evan Simpson and Bruisers senior Jane Eiselstein made the TSWA all-state list by finishing fourth at state in 16:33 and 19:28, respectively.

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Division I Large

Aiden Britt, Lebanon, Sr.

Kevin Vanderkolk, Brentwood, Sr.

Miles Ally, Martin Luther King, Sr.

Kaden Keller, Hardin Valley, Jr.

Jackson Martin, Creek Wood, So.

Division I Small

Will Douglass, Camden Central, So.

Grayson Kennedy, Sequatchie County, Jr.

Joshua Pote, Signal Mountain, Fr.

Iriving Medina, Chuckey-Doak, Sr.

Carter Bradford, Sequatchie County, Jr.

Division II-A

Connor Henson, Columbia Academy, Jr.

Andy Henton, Harding Academy, Sr.

Austin Rhea, Knoxville Webb, Sr.

Colten Lee, First Baptist Academy, Jr.

Kaden Narayani, Knoxville Webb, Jr.

Division II-AA

Jack Cottrell, Chattanooga Christian, Sr.

Luke Thompson, Brentwood Academy, Fr.

Riley Smith, Knoxville Catholic, Sr.

Evan Simpson, McCallie, Fr.

William Holleman, Montgomery Bell Academy, Jr.


Division I Large

Jenna Hutchins, Science Hill, Jr.

Landri Wilcox, Cookeville, Sr.

Kaitlyn Vanderkolk, Brentwood, Sr.

Ann-Marie Braese, Arlington, Jr.

Olivia Barnes, Arlington, Sr.

Division I Small

Alyssa Andrea, Fariview, So.

Kelsey Thompson, Signal Mountain, So.

Jaedyn Stalnecker, Forrest, So.

Lily Stinnett, Gatlinburg-Pittman, Jr.

Sophia Gibby, Signal Mountain, Sr.

Division II-A

Abby Cheeseman, Bell Buckle Webb, 8th

Abbie Baker, First Assembly Christian, Sr.

Anna Graves, Knoxville Webb, Fr.

Hope Ilias, Friendship Christian, Jr.

Alli Hylkema, Jackson Christian, Jr.

Division II-AA

Mae Mae Powe, Baylor School, Fr.

Jessica Joshi, St. Mary’s Episcopal, Sr.

Annamar Bacchetta, Harpeth Hall, 8th

Jane Eiselstein, GPS, Sr.

Elizabeth Moody, St. Mary’s Episcopal, Sr.