Marshall County leads heading into State Championship

Caleb Pahl rode to a fifth place finish in the boy’s Sophomore race, one of the larger fields with 48 in Sunday’s Race #4 at Panther Creek State Park. Photo: Laura Jennings

Poised to win their seventh straight Tennessee Cycling League state title, the Marshall County Mountain Bike Team took one step closer after finishing as the top team in Sunday’s Race #4 at Panther Creek State Park in Morristown, Tenn. After four of five races, Marshall County is in the top spot overall followed by Williamson County Composite in second and Lock 4 Trailblazers Composite in third among a field of 26 teams.

Marshall County has four riders that lead the individual overall points series heading into the November 3rd State Championship at St. Andrews-Sewanee School in Sewanee, Tenn. They are Presleigh Jennings (Varsity), Olivia Myhand (JV), Chase Binkley (Sophomore) and Allie Burkeen (Freshman).

Thirteen Marshall County riders stepped onto the podium at the end of racing on Sunday. In the girl’s Varsity race, Presleigh Jennings took first and Alyssa McClain second. In the boy’s Varsity race, Jaxon Story placed second and Clay Austin fifth. Olivia Myhand won the girl’s JV race and in the boy’s Sophomore race, Chase Binkley took first and Caleb Pahl fifth. Allie Burkeen won the girl’s Freshman race and Jace Story took fifth in the boy’s Freshman race.

In Middle School races taking the podium, Claire Austin won the 8th Grade race and Aniston Barnes took third. Memphis Ford placed second and Chase Yarbrough fifth in the boy’s 8th Grade race. The Middle School team finished second on Sunday and are currently in second overall behind Hamilton and Bradley County Composite with Williamson County Composite rounding out the top three.

Race #5 of the season and the Tennessee League State Championship will take place November 3rd at St. Andrews-Sewanee School in Sewanee, Tenn.

Marshall County Race #4 results:

Presleigh Jennings, 1st-Varsity Jaxon Story, 2nd-Varsity
Alyssa McClain, 2nd-Varsity Clay Austin, 5th-Varsity
Olivia Myhand, 1st-JV Kaden Jameson, 6th-Varsity
Allie Burkeen, 1st-Freshman Carson Denfip, 19th-JV
Claire Austin, 1st-8th Grade Joseph Roberts, 31st-JV
Aniston Barnes, 3rd-8th Grade Chase Binkley, 1st-Sophomore
Evie Powell, 4th-7th Grade Caleb Pahl, 5th-Sophomore
Addison Roberts, 4th-6th Grade Trae Harbison, 12th-Sophomore
Emma Roberts, 5th-6th Grade Marshall Gregory, 24th-Sophomore
Gabe Driskill, 44th-Sophomore
Jace Story, 5th-Freshman
Memphis Ford, 2nd-8th Grade
Chase Yarbrough, 5th-8th Grade
Ty Elrod, 8th-8th Grade
Canyon McKinney, 37th-7th Grade
Braxton Lima, 8th-6th Grade
Bradey Atkins, 12th-6th Grade
Ian Dillon, 18th-6th Grade
Marshall County’s Presleigh Jennings and Alyssa McClain took the top two spots on the podium in the Varsity race. Fourth went to Carrie Cavitt (pictured left), an independent rider from Graves County who trains with the Marshall County team. Photo: Laura Jennings
Jace Story finished fifth for the Marshals in the Freshman race, the fourth in a series of five races in the Tennessee Cycling League. Photo: Laura Jennings
Claire Austin took first and Aniston Barnes third for Marshall County in the 8th grade middle school race. Photo: Laura Jennings