Cross-country weekly update

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The varsity cross-country team traveled to Stone Memorial for a meet against teams in the Upper Cumberland. 

Gabriel Wiles finished with a sixth place finish with a time of 20:20, while Kayden Kimmins finished 11th place with a new personal record, and Aden Atkins finished in 17th place.  Rounding out the boys’ team finishers were Ashton Randolph who finished 22nd and John David Durfee, Blake Cravens, and Jackson Hodges who finished 26th, 27th, 28th respectfully. 

“Blake Cravens got a new PR and what makes this even more special was the fact he got home from playing in the band Friday night at Mt. Juliet around 1:30 a.m.,” coach Gregg Segraves said. “I think that says a lot about Blake’s dedication to competing.”

The girls’ team was led by Luci McKee and Harley Johnston, followed by Poppy Shank, Breanna Powell, and Zoey Clemons. 

“The girls were covered in mud and had to endure potholes and other obstcles on the course,” Segraves said. “Luci McKee turned her ankle on the course but continued to push through and finish 13th.”

While the varsity team was in Crossville, the middle school team traveled to Milton, Tennessee, for what Segraves said was another very big meet.

Emily Nash continued to improve with a top 20 finish and a time of 16:11 and another personal record on a very difficult course. 

“She has been working extremely hard, and it is paying off,” Seagraves said.

Sixth grader Olivia Ravange finished next among White County runners with a time of 18:17, followed by Natalie West.  Soccer players Eva Everett and Hannah Shaffield finished back to back, with Addison Hodges close behind with a new PR time of 21:41. Alexis Freeman and Aaliyah Hawkins recorded a new PR, and Brooklyn Howard and Reagan Barnes had a notable finishes as well.

Colton Courtney led the young boys’ team with a new PR of 16:21, followed by Jackson Burch who had a tremendous run with a new PR 16:30, which is two minutes faster than his previous time on a tough course. 

“Jackson joined the team late but is working extremely hard to make up time,” Segraves said “He’s a competitor and doesn’t like to lose. Jackson and Colton will push each other and improve as this season moves along.”

Ethan Wiles had another strong race, followed by Tyler Hernandez who also had a PR of 17:54.  Owen Ferris also had a PR followed by Michael Johnson to round out the top six White County runners. 

“It’s exciting to watch these young men continue to improve,” Seagraves said.  

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