Faith Academy cross-country team finishes seventh at state


WACO — The Faith Academy cross-country team placed seventh at the Class 2A state meet of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools on Oct. 26.

Led by Sophie McCannon’s third-place finish, the Lady Flames scored 147 points overall.

“We did a really good job of lowering our times, and almost everyone lowered their times substantially from the Priddy meet and peaked at the right time,” Faith coach Steve McCannon said. “Sophie ran a great race, and finishing third was quite an accomplishment. Third place is our school’s highest-ever finish, and, in years past, her time would easily be enough to win it. Sophie just missed second place by .3 seconds.”

Other runners included Sierra Brinkley, Alisha Williams, Jessica Beckner, Rachel Ormsby, Danyelle Morris and Shelby Fairleigh.

This was the first time in 15 state trips in cross country or track and field that the Lady Flames did not place in the top three.

“The price of poker has gone up, and you can see it in the results,” McCannon said. “This meet is a real wake-up call for our athletes and myself as a coach. We must grow from this and be ready for track. The competition is stepping up.”

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3, Sophie McCannon, 12:26.9; 30, Sierra Brinkley, 14:02.2; 50, Rachel Ormsby, 15:20.3; 53, Jessica Beckner, 15:38.6; 55, Alisha Williams, 15:41.8; 62, Danyelle Morris, 16:22.2; 74, Shelby Fairleigh, 18:11.9

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“I am really proud of these girls for representing our school by coming to state and competing. Even though we did not get on the podium, I am really proud of these girls. Most of them are very new to running and came a long way. That what it is all about — getting better each day,” coach Steve McCannon said.

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