White County High School’s Cross-Country team competed at the Voyles Classic at The Hermitage, Aug. 28, and Coach Gregg Segraves said t it was an excellent showing for both the boys’ and girls’ teams.
“This was our first 5K race of the year,” he said. “This gives us some numbers to improve upon in the 3.1-mile race.”
With 1,200 athletes running in the meet, all of White County’s runners finished in the top 70 of the team’s division.
“We still have a lot of work to do, but our kids are working hard, and we are very proud of their efforts,” Segraves said. “Gabriel Wiles continues to improve, and his hard work is paying off. Dean Limper is always going to be steady, and we’re hoping Evan Ferris can get his asthma under control. I know he’s frustrated because he always wants to do his best. It’s going to take some time to adjust to the different climate.”
Segraves said that senior Abby Welch is continuing to show her leadership for the otherwise young girls’ team.
“She has the experience, and her leadership will be a big asset for our freshman runners,” he said. “Luci McKee had another excellent run, and we expect she’ll be under the 30-minute mark next meet. McKenzie Tuck, Breanna Powell, and Poppy Shank will all get better as the season progresses. I can’t say enough for how proud I am of these young ladies.
Segraves said the team is looking forward their next meet and to attempt to better their times once again.
The official times and placements for the Voyles Classic at the Hermitage are listed below:
Gabriel Wiles 21.51 (46th)
Dean Limper 25.01 (67th)
Evan Ferris - DNF (Asthma)
Abby Welch 28.12 (51st)
Luci McKee 31.54 (61st)
McKenzie Tuck 32.48 (65th)
Breanna Powell 33.21 (66th)
Poppy Shank 33.58 (67th)