JHS boys, Campbell middle schoolers win first races

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By Dwane Wilder

Jasper Budd and Ethan Shelly led the Jellico High School boy’s cross-country team to its first-ever victory Thursday during the Scott County Invitational at Oneida.
The Blue Devils placed three runners in the top 5 and five in the top 23 to edge Cumberland Gap by two points.
Budd (18:37) and Shelly (19:13) finished one-two overall. Lee England (20:48) was fifth, followed by Brady Huddleston, 19th; Cody Malicoat, 23rd; and Chase McDaniel, 26th.
Micah and Matt Wade, who placed fourth and seventh overall, carried Cumberland Gap.
Cody Standifer, a senior from the J. Frank White Academy, was third overall while leading his team to third place. Jay Coker, a junior from Jacksboro, placed 21st overall for J. Frank White.
Sunbright and Scott County finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the team standings.
In the girl’s race, Vanessa Troxel finished 11th overall for Jellico, followed by Brittany Kennedy, 18th; and Lena Manning, 22nd.
Other local notables included the J. Frank White duo of Mary Alice Coker, 15th; and Katie Monday, 21st; from J. Frank White Academy. Both are from Campbell County.
Cumberland Gap won the girl’s team standings.
Middle schoolers win
Campbell County’s middle school girls slogged through the mud and rain to win the Volunteer Cross-Country Invitational last weekend at Victor Ashe Park in northwest Knoxville.
Six of Campbell County’s girls finished among the top 20: Gracie Faulkner, 4th; Katelyn Goins, 6th; Kelsey Williams, 11th; Carlie Love, 13th; Taylor Love, 16th; and Brooke Bane. 20th.
Cougars compete
Lauren Evans, a junior, took third overall to lead the Campbell County High School girls to a 7th place finish out of 11 teams at the Volunteer Cross-Country Invitational.
Evans ran a 21:12, which was only 15 seconds from first place. Approximately 100 girls ran the race.
Dayne Deavours, another CCHS junior, placed 32nd out of 131 runners in the boy’s race. The Cougars finished eighth in a field of 14 boy’s teams.