No one was quite so surprised as Campbell County High School’s boys when the announcement was made for them to receive the runner-up trophy Thursday afternoon following the Cove Lake Cross-Country Invitational.
The announcement for them to step forward had to be made more than once, as the Cougars mingled with onlookers, not even thinking that they were in the running for a trophy with the likes of Christian Academy of Knoxville, Catholic and Bell County, Ky. among the competition.
The Cougars finished 34 points behind CAK in the team standings.
While Bell County’s Nathan Tanner (17:35) was boy’s overall winner, Jellico senior Jaspar Budd (18:05) finished one second faster than did Campbell County junior Dayne Deavours.
“I was well pleased with their performance,” said Campbell County coach Billie Ann Evans.
“Dayne ran well against Jaspar.”
The Cougars had all five of their scorers finish among the top 30. Aaron Brown (18:27) placed 5th overall, followed by James England, 24th; Austin McMahan, 28th; and Nate Kennedy, 30th.
Jellico’s number two man, Ethan Shelley, finished 8th overall.
In the girl’s competition, Bell County, CAK and Catholic were the top three teams.
Campbell County finished fourth but boasted the individual winner, junior Lauren Evans (20:41).
“I thought Lauren did well for that course,” said Coach Evans.
Three of Campbell County’s girls placed among the top 30 runners. Micheala Thomas finished 23rd overall, while Christina Goodman was 29th. The Lady Cougars’ other two scorers were Maria Green, 37th; and Lucy Branam, 38th.
Allison Loomis, an Anderson County runner from Jacksboro, finished 8th overall.
Jellico’s top runner was Vanessa Troxell, who placed 36th.
Other schools with athletes competing at Cove Lake included Anderson County, Scott County, Clinton, the J. Frank White Academy, Knoxville Central, Carter, Oliver Springs, Kingston, Oneida and Coalfield.
Area teams will compete today (Thurs.) for the right to represent Region 2 at the state championships next month.
Victor Ashe Park in northwest Knoxville will host the Region 2 Championships, beginning at 9 a.m. with the Class AAA girl’s race.