After emerging as Campbell County High School’s dominant female runner during her sophomore season, Lauren Evans continued her string of success with yet another top-10 finish Saturday at the Cherokee Invitational in Knoxville. Evans took second place to Lauren Barnes of Heritage and missed her personal best by five seconds with a time of 20:29.
Half of Campbell County’s 22 athletes ran personal best times.
Boys that set PRs included Caleb Ayers (20:28), Nathan Bolton (24:18), Aaron Brown (18:48), Eli Caudill (22:45), Nathan Kennedy (19:54), Austin McMahan (20:18) and Ben Vinsant (20:44). Girls with PRs included Lucy Branam (25:38), Camille Reynolds (24:45) and Micheala Thomas (23:47). Campbell County coach Billie Ann Evans expressed admiration for the continued improvement, dedication and example set by seniors Aaron Brown and Lucy Branam. Junior James England nearly set a personal best but was hampered with two broken toes.
The CCHS boy’s team took sixth place out of nine teams, while the girl’s team finished fifth out of eight teams.
In the boy’s race, Dayne Deavours placed 18th overall in a field of 141 runners. Aaron Brown finished 26th, followed by James England, 34th; Lucas Nelson, 37th; Chase Lindsay, 38th; Nathan Kennedy, 44th; Austin McMahan, 48th; Caleb Ayers, 75th; Ben Vinsant, 80th; Eli Caudill, 122nd; Tyler King, 130th; and Nathan Bolton, 132nd.
Evans finished 2nd in a field of 68 girls. Micheala Thomas placed 18th, followed by Camille Reynolds, 27th; Christina Goodman, 37th; Lucy Branam, 38th; Maria Green, 46th; Samantha Leach, 50th; Christen Van Etten, 51st; Haley Adkins, 56th.
The Campbell County runners will finish their regular season this afternoon (Thurs.) when they host the annual Cove Lake Invitational beginning at 5 p.m.