The Middle School cross country championship between Madison and Hillcrest took place last Thursday at Turnbull High School, with Madison eking out a close win.

Eighth-graders Will Eckert and Deal Wesley from Hillcrest finished side by side, with Eckert taking the win in the 1.8 miles race in an impressive 10:51.13. Wesley was right there at 10:51.35.

Third place went to 6th grader Gavin Gradshow from Madison, who recovered from a fall early on to work his way up to and post a time of 11:22.57.

Madison eighth-grader Tiernan Curley took fourth in 11:30.13.

Fifth went to Madison eighth-grader Christopher Scalise 11:31.65.

On the girls side, Hillcrest eighth-grader Kali Holder finished first in 12:20.09.

Madison eighth-grader Abigail Clark was second in 12:31.04.

Madison eighth-grader Evelyn Marshland Madison took third.

Fourth went to Hillcrest seventh-grader Catherine Wright (12:41.33).

Hillcrest eighth-grader Grace Dias took fifth in 12:50.71.

The Trumbull High girls and boys XC teams helped set up the course and cheered the runners on throughout the race. THS girls coach Jim McCaffery took care of timing and posting of the results. Mike King, who helped establish the Middle school XC teams when he took over as athletic director for Trumbull High was on hand along with many parents and friends to cheer the teams on.