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GOLDTHWAITE — The Faith Academy cross-country team finished sixth at the Priddy Invitational on Oct. 14.

The Lady Flames scored 144 points, but two runners did not compete because of illness, head coach Steve McCannon said.

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The Faith Academy cross-country team includes Sierra Brinkley (left), Sophie McCannon, Shelby Fairleigh, coach Steve McCannon, Rachel Ormsby, Jessica Beckner and Alisha Williams. Courtesy photo

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Faith Academy runner Sophie McCannon is on her way to the finish line while running at the Priddy Invitational in Goldthwaite on Oct. 14. McCannon won the race in 12 minutes 5 seconds. Courtesy photo

[/tab] [/tabs]The coach’s daughter, Sophie McCannon, finished first for the second consecutive meet. She was in 10th place with 800 meters to go but, with a mile left, moved into a first-place tie. She won the race by 37 seconds.

“Sophie ran a really smart race,” her father said. “The race strategy was to stay back, then really surge last mile. Sophie works hard and competes and does the little things champions do. I am really proud her.”

He was equally pleased with the finishes of Sierra Brinkley and Rachel Ormsby, who both dropped their times. With only days remaining until the Class 2A state meet of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, McCannon said Brinkley and Ormsby give the Lady Flames a chance at finishing in the top 10.

“We are getting better at the right time,” he said. “We design the whole season to being ready when it counts. I know this team will give all they have and not hold back at state. We want to keep our podium streak alive.”

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1, Sophie McCannon, 12:05; 25, Sierra Brinkley, 14:16; 26, Rachel Ormsby, 14:20; 46, Alisha Williams, 16:10; 50, Jessica Beckner, 16:26; 64, Shelby Fairleigh, 18:20

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“All the girls lowered their times, which is what you want at this time of the year,” coach Steve McCannon said.

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Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools state meet at Waco Connally Middle School, 900 N. Lacy Drive in Waco, Oct. 26, TBA

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