Running on his home course, Winona junior Carson Holly was the winner of the Region 2-3A cross country meet Monday. He covered the 5,000 meters in 19:35.55, more than half a minute better than runner-up Coulter Clement.
The Winona boys team finished second with a team score of 57. Choctaw County placed three runners in the top seven to win the meet with a score of 34. Houston was third (68) and Marks Palmer fourth (72).
Winona had eight runners in the race. Sam Matriasciano was 10th (22:21.34), Noah Durham 11th (22:28.84), Jabraelle Davis 19th (25:35.18), Ahmaud Seawood 26th (27:03.11), Thomas Rosamond 28th (27:11.96), Jemorius Sanders 31st (28:30.77) and Conner Privitt 34th (29:20.62). The last four are seventh graders.
Winona girls had three runners in the top 10, but had only four runners in the race, one shy of the number needed for a team score.
Murry Catherine Alderman, a seventh grader, was sixth in 29:29.24. Kaylee Rice was seventh (29:53.18), Bailey Howell ninth (31:40.11) and Amya Phillips 16th (33:48.02).
Houston won the team title. The individual winner was Lillian Lindsey of Water Valley in 23:21.46.
Winona will compete in the state meet Saturday at Choctaw Trails in Jackson.