Cross country season comes to an end in state meet

By | November 9, 2017 9:20 am

Members of the Van Buren High School Cross Country team include top row, L-R: Gavin Jaffre, Gabe Farless, Brandon Skiles, Alex Cope; middle row, L-R: Savannah Skiles, Chloe Ragland; bottom row, L-R: Brennon Blanton, Simon Boyd, Jaedyn Walling, Chas Moffitt, Tyler Jaffre; not pictured: Aleysah Dyer, Lita Gossett, and Stephen Graham

Evan Welch closed out her freshman cross country season with a 23rd place finish out of 192 runners at the state meet this past Saturday, in Nashville.

The 2017 cross country season came to an end this past Saturday in the state meet for both the White County and Van Buren County high school teams.

Both teams had runners travel to Nashville to compete in their respective state meets.

For WCHS, Evan Welch was the only runner to qualify for the Large School Division State Meet. Welch, a freshman, held her own throughout the meet and finished in 23rd place out of 192 runners. Welch finished with a time of 19:57.

After the race, Coach Mark Voyles had this to say about Welch.

“Evan had to battle early in the race even at the start,” he said. “There was a lot of pushing and shoving to get out, but she did a great job. She was in the top 10 early in the race, but she got worried she was running too fast. She eased up a little but held on gamely. She ran a good race for her first-ever running on the state course.”

For VBHS, the boys’ teams finished in 22nd place overall. Gavin Jaffre was the top finisher for VBHS, finishing in 42nd place out of 179 runners. Jaffre finished with a time of 19:50. Coming in next was Gabe Farless. Farless finished with a time of 22:21. The next finisher was Brennon Blanton. Blanton finished in a time of 24:02. Jaedyn Walling finished right behind Blanton, with a time of 24:40. Brandon Skiles finished next, with a time of 25:06, and rounding out VBHS runners was Simon Boyd, who finished in a time of 32:16.

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