Maddy Moody, a junior at Anderson County High School, finished third in the state in cross country in the championship race in Nashville this month.
Moody improved 13 spots from last year, when she finished 16th as a sophomore in the girls’ Class AAA state cross country championship meet at Percy Warner Park in Nashville.
Moody finished the 5,000-meter, or 5k, race in 18:51.53 this year in the Division I Large Schools category. That compared to 19:30.59 last year in what was previously the Division I Class AAA category.
“It’s a huge improvement,” said Derek Wallace, who coaches cross country and boys’ basketball at Anderson County. “You don’t often see those types of improvements down there.”
Moody normally races with a pacing watch, but she handed it to her mother this year, Wallace said. [Read more…]