Cross country team still strong


 White County High School’s Cross Country team participated in two meets to put up a strong showing in the final week of September.

On Sept. 25, the team participated in the Burnett Invitational in Cookeville with four girls and three boys posting times in the 5K at the event.

Abiail Welch - 27.01

Luci McGee - 32.59

Breanna Powell - 34.04

Poppy Shank - 35.30

“Abigail Welch continues to improve her time each race,” Coach Gregg Seagraves said as he praised his returning senior, adding that the other girls on the team are actively participating in more than one sport during the fall season. “Our freshman girls were coming off a long week of soccer, and that really takes a lot out of them.  I am proud that they are still working hard.”

Evan Farris and Gabriel Wiles have consistently been putting up good times for the Warriors, but they were joined by newcomer Kaden Kimmins at the Burnett Invitational.

“Kaden Kimmins ran his first race of the year and did well,” Seagraves said, and then added his praise for the new Warrior’s ‘get it done’ attitude. “His shoe got taken off at the start, so he kicked his other shoe off and ran 3.1 miles in his socks.”

Seagraves went on to say that both Farris and Wiles topped their own personal best times during the race.

“Evan Farris is starting to find his stride and had another PR,” he said. “Gabriel continues to PR each and every race.”

Evan Farris - 19.51

Gabriel Wiles - 21.18

Kaden Kimmins - 22.56

On Sept. 28, senior Abigail Welch, along with three of the male runners, traveled to Hermitage to complete September’s calendar of races.

“Abigail Welch was the lone runner for the warriors,” Seagraves said, explaining that the other female runners on the team were involved in a soccer match that was scheduled for the same day. “She finished eighth place overall and ran a 27.13 on a tough course.”

Seagraves said Farris’s 19.13 was good enough to place him seventh overall on the boys’ side of the meet.

“Evan Farris ran his best time of the season,” the first year coach said. “Evan wiped out in a mud hole and still finished with a great time.”

Additionally, Dean Limper ran a 22.59 for a new personal best, and Kaden Kimmins finished the 5K in 24.08.


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