The podium for the 2019 TSSAA Cross Country State Championships had a lot of purple on Saturday as the Irish Boys and Girls Teams claimed 2nd and 4th in the annual meet.
The Boys' Runner-Up finish ties the highest finish in the program's history. Five Irish runners finished in the top 20, led by Colin Knapp '22, who finished 5th overall, and Ciro Albamont '22 and Sam Deckbar '21 who finished 10th and 13th respectively. Will Stacey '21 and David Johnson '21 finished in 18th and 19th.
The Girls Team was just a whisker out of the Runner-Up spot themselves. Their 4th place finish is among the best ever. Four of the girls finished in the top 30, led by frosh Grace Feltner, who climbed the podium and earned All-State honors with her 14th place finish.
Congratulations to all the Irish runners and to Coach Doug Jones and Coach Robert Kent '74 on an outstanding cross country season!