Owen Clemons makes history at TSSAA Cross Country Championship

Cleveland High Freshman Owen Clemons made history at the TSSAA Cross Country State Championship on Friday in Hendersonville. 

He is the first freshman to place first in the TSSAA Class AAA State Boys' Cross Country Championship at a 5K distance with a time of 15:22:47. 

Owen is currently the fastest freshman in the United States. 

It's not Owen's fastest time as he ran a 15:01 on the same course on October 1st. 

It's the second cross-country state title for Cleveland High School. 

The Blue Raiders placed 18th overall in the boys' standings with 377 points.  Coach Johnny Clemons and Assistant Coach Derek Marr had the youngest team at the state meet with Owen Clemons, Garrison Rodgers, Cole Rodgers, Josiah Marr, Noah Dycus, Gavin Harris, and Matthew Fox. 

In addition, the Lady Raiders placed 23rd overall with the help of Carolyne Rodriguez, Tsavo Glasgow, Shiloh Glasgow, MaryJane Miller, Ella Lipscomb, Estella Clemons, and Caroline Condo. 

Coach Clemons said it's an exciting time for Cleveland High's cross-country teams. 

"They are just getting started," Coach Clemons said. "They are already competing really well against juniors and seniors that are on scholarships so it's kind of exciting."