WCHS duo comes up short at state track meet

Posted By | May 30, 2010 12:00 am

Morgan Voyles tries to keep pace with eventual state champion, Patavia Lowery, during her preliminary heat on Wednesday.

Casey Bales tries to run down the runners ahead of him in his preliminary heat on Thursday.

Success is not always defined by winning only.
Despite coming up short in the preliminary heats in their respective races at the TSSAA state track meet, Casey Bales and Morgan Voyles still put the finishing touches on successful spring seasons.
Both advanced to the state in the 800-meter race and found themselves among the best the state has to offer competing in the BlueCross Spring Fling at Middle Tennessee State University. Another WCHS runner, Chelsea Baca, also qualified, but had to forego the competition due to a previously scheduled family cruise.
Bales, a senior, finished 12th in the state running a time of 2:02.09 in Thursday’s preliminary heat. The sixth place finish in the heat did not get him into Friday’s championship race.
Though disappointed with his race on Thursday, Bales still found things about which to be positive.
“State didn’t go quite how I wanted it too, but I still made it, so I can’t be really disappointed in myself. The first lap was really fast. I think I went out in 56 seconds which is about 3 seconds faster than I normally run. I was right with the pack for about 600 meters and then I had nothing more to give. I believe if I had run a smarter race and didn’t go out as fast I would have ran under two minutes, which has been my goal since last year. That’s how this stuff works though. Some races you run smarter and faster and some you don’t. This was a great learning experience for me, and to finish 12th at state is a good way to end my high school running career.”
The trip to the state was the third straight for Bales. He also qualified in cross country this past fall giving him a nice resume as he finishes his high school career. He will continue to compete in cross country and maybe some track at Blue Mountain College.
Morgan Voyles was one of just two freshmen to qualify for the state in the 800-meter. Voyles did not qualify for the championship race on Thursday, but met her goal of setting a new personal record.
In Wednesday’s preliminary race, Voyles set a new personal mark with a time of 2:27.84. She finished 16th in the state, but comes away from the season with a lot to build on for the next three years of her high school career.
The younger Voyles is following in the highly successful footsteps of her sister, Markie, who lost her life in a tragic automobile accident. Markie qualified for the state in both of her seasons of high school track in the state of Tennessee and won state titles in the 3200-meter and 1600-meter.
Voyles noted, “I was pretty happy with my performance. I really felt good about the race. Markie was my biggest inspiration and was thrilled for me, I’m sure. My goal was to set a new personal record. Being a freshman and only one of two that qualified for the state, I felt pretty satisfied. I know the training came though and I worked hard. There will be more to come from my next three years of high school.”
The winner of the girls’ 800-meter championship was Patavian Lowery from Knoxville West with a time of 2:23.86. The boys’ Class AAA state champion was Ford Bell from Brentwood with a time of 1:53.89.

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