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Lamar, Grandview show promise

By TREY WILLIAMS

H&T Correspondent

 

David Crockett’s cross-country teams may have some bright prospects coming to them in the future.

Grandview and Lamar middle schools, feeder schools for Crockett, fared well at the sectional in Greeneville and advanced to the state meet this season.

The Grandview girls and boys finished first and third, respectively, in the sectional to advance to the state, and the Lamar girls secured their spot with a second-place finish.

Lamar’s Kiley Moore finished second overall in the sectional. Fellow eighth graders Holden Leonard and Malachi Curtis anchored the Lamar boys.

“And Darcy McKinney, Haidyn Wilson, Kyeli Good and Maesyn McGee all ran their best races at the sections down in Greenville on September 21,” Lamar coach Ashley Ward said. “They were able to give us the edge and allow us to place second. Addysin Allen and Melody Feathers took around five minutes off their mile times this season. That was incredible. The girls really put in the hard work this season.”

Lamar’s future is also cause for optimism.

“We have really strong sixth grade runners,” Ward said. “Leading the way is Nathan Sparks, followed close behind by Seth Baldridge and Brayden Archer. Jaren Crawford consistently took time off his mile each race.”

Ward was in her first season coaching Lamar.

“Every single race this season these kids continued to surprise me and raise my expectations,” she said. “I couldn’t be prouder of each and every one of these kids. They are amazing athletes as well as students. I can’t wait to see what amazing things track season has in store for us.”

Ivy Newlon made huge strides this season at Grandview.

“When you talk about leaps and bounds (improvement), you have to look at Ivy Newlon,” Grandview coach Art Jaquez said. “She is a seventh grader who had some of the biggest growth in terms of a year-to year standpoint, going from last season with an average time of over 20 minutes two-mile to finishing the state championship this year at 15:51. And she was a critical part of the girls team winning the Upper East Sectionals title.”

Eighth grader Luke Krell propelled the Grandview boys to a third-place finish in the sectional.

“Luke Krell posted a personal best time of 13:10, which broke the school record in the two-mile,” Jaquez said. “And he finished 33rd in the state championship.”

David Crockett’s cross-country pipeline appears to be flowing with promise.

“The future looks really bright for Crockett cross country in the next few years,” Ward said, “with Lamar and Grandview setting such high standards for middle school cross country.”