Fyffe’s McCollum clocks in 3rd in Jackson/DeKalb boys’ race

Fyffe eighth-grader Dawson McCollum placed third individually with a time of 19:53, and Plainview’s Alex Smith and Ephan Benjume each placed in the top 10, highlighting DeKalb County’s effort in the boys 5K race at the 2021 Jackson/DeKalb County Meet at ToKnowHim Trails in Pisgah last Friday morning.

Smith, a freshman, crossed the finish line at 20:56 for a sixth-place finish, while teammate Benjume (21:24) placed seventh overall, helping the Plainview boys close as runner-up. 

Also contributing to Plainview’s runner-up placement was John Mathis Arnold, who clocked in at 21:59 for 11th place, and Collin Hall (22:19) was 14th overall.

Fyffe placed third, as Nathaniel Baugh (22:13) scored a 13th-place individual finish. Will Ridgeway (22:39; 16th place) and Eli Butts (23:01; 17th place) added to Fyffe’s successful outing.

Pisgah captured first place after having five runners place in the top 10.

Section finished fourth and Geraldine placed fifth in the team category.

Seventh-grader Jesse Rider (25:21) was Geraldine’s top finisher in 31st overall.

Running 18:45 in the 5K, North Sand Mountain’s Lane Gamble was the top individual placer. 

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