XC boys earn consecutive state champion title, girls place 3rd
The boys cross country team won its sixth team state championship in program history and repeated last year’s title. This win is the harriers' third title in four years.
By George Flatau, Cross Country Coach and Josh Scouten, Athletics Director
The 2022 cross country teams concluded their season in fine fashion Friday, November 4 at the state championships.
Led by three All-State runners in Austin Cason '23 (3rd), Ryder Ortner '26 (6th), and Jack Fruin '27 (12th), and then the team’s depth showed, as Elijah McKnight '23, Eli Galentino '24, Clay Payne '25, and Frederick Rudolph '23 all finished within 25 seconds of each other — in positions that no other team could come close to matching. That grew the slim lead through three runners into a 30-pt blowout, earning the boys the state championship.
The girls’ team placed third, finishing one spot above their seed and were led by the All-State efforts of Auldyn Plant '23 (3rd) and Liv O’Hara '25 (13th), then used a host of personal records by Morgan McAteer '26, Grace Boero '24, and Olivia Hess '24 to run above their pre-race seed and conclude the team’s scoring, while Chloe Cmelak '24 and Cléo Gauthier '24 ran fine races in the important 6-7 spots.
Meaningfully, the support from administrators and more than 40 students on the spirit bus undoubtedly made a huge difference in the runners’ performances. And we very much appreciate your support of both the runners and their cheering squad.
Forty University School of Nashville High School students traveled to Murfreesboro to participate in the Model United Nations conference sponsored by the YMCA of Middle Tennessee’s Center For Civic Engagement. They maintained USN’s tradition of providing leadership from the front and in the middle of the conference components.
Lily Mozzi '23 and Auldyn Plant '23 signed letters of intent to bowl and run cross country, respectively, at the collegiate level on Tuesday, November 15. View photos from the signing celebration in the album here.