Coach: Ms. Dee Perry
October 24th, 2013 8:41 pm by Jeff Birchfield
University High captured the Region 1-A/AA boys' cross country championship on Thursday at Daniel Boone High School for its first regional title since 2009.
Noah Jones (17:25) and Levi Carter (17:44) had individual finishes of sixth and seventh as the Junior Bucs finished ahead of runner-up Sullivan East 56-69 in the team standings.
"We were really struggling early in the season, but the boys worked hard to turn it around," UH coach Dee Perry said. "I've got to thank Landon Milhorn, the former ETSU runner who has been helping coach the boys. They responded well to Landon, but they worked hard and wanted to win this. They wanted us to bring that championship plaque back home again.
"A mixture of youth and experience was needed to haul in the prize. Freshman Zach Branham finished 10th (18:09), while seniors Hayden Simmons and Tanner Smith placed 15th and 18th in the individual standings.
"My fifth boy, I'm really proud of him," Perry said. "Tanner had a stress fracture and he's not even run since Sept. 15. He was tough. Without Tanner, he wouldn't have made it today.
"Wesley Pectol of Greeneville easily captured the individual title with his time of 15:44, nearly 23 seconds ahead of runner-up Zach Long of Grainger. Pectol enjoyed being out front at the Daniel Boone course where he hasn't always had the best times.
"It was a good race and it felt good," Pectol said. "I like this course, but the funny thing is I never ran very well on it the past three years. I don't know what it was, but I just felt so much better on this course today.
"Addie Leonard made it a Greeneville sweep of the individual titles with her run of 20:32, placing her 31 seconds ahead of teammate Hannah Rhodes.
As a result, Greeneville won the girls' team competition 34-61 over Sullivan East with University High third with 82 points.
Elizabethton's Maci Shell finished third individually at 21:30, and Whitley True of Unicoi County finished 10th (22:38) to make her the final individual to qualify for the state meet.
University High's Cora Allison finished one spot behind Shell in fourth. Others who scored for the Lady Bucs were: Olivia Augsburger (eighth), Rebekah Owen (12th), Ashley Daniel (20th) and Makenzie Taylor (44th).
"I'm really proud of my girls," Perry said. "We came into today with only two (runners) from varsity. The other three were eighth-graders we moved up after their eighth-grade race. That's all we had."
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November 2nd, 2013 11:30 pm by From staff reports
NASHVILLE — Daniel Boone finished state runner-up in the Class AAA boys cross country meet for a second straight year on Saturday at Percy Warner Park.
Other local squads also had plenty of success. Science Hill posted fifth-place finishes in both the Class AAA boys' and girls' races, while the University High boys were fourth in the Class A-AA competition .
In the Class A-AA boys, Noah Jones finished 12th individually (17:08) to lead the Junior Bucs to a fourth-place team finish.
Levi Carter and Zac Branham added finishes of 17:55 and 18:08, respectively.
Seniors Tanner Smith (18:16) and Hayden Simmons (18:46) also added to the University High points total.
"We wanted to be top-five and fourth-place was great," University High head coach Dee Perry said.
"It was a lot better than we did last year. Our top three come back so next year, we want to finish even higher.
Our girls finished 12th and we have the top-five girls back for the next two years. I'm really looking for them to win it in the next two years."
© 2013 Johnson City Press
Cross Country Victory!
Link to Tennessee Runner - Run Fer Da Hills Meet Results (photo gallery!)
Congratulations to both Middle School and High School Cross Country teams. The High School boys finished 1st in the Run fer da Hills meet last Saturday. Levi Carter was our first finisher in 5th place. Noah Jones and Zach Branham were in the top 15. Olivia Augsburger was the top finisher for the girls in 24th place.
Middle School boys also took 1st place at the same meet. Jeb Jones finished 2nd overall with Pablo Rivas and Cooper Pack finishing in the top 10. Cora Allison was our top girl in 9th place overall. The girls finished 7th. Good job!
Please note that due to the TSSAA Policy on Outdoor Sports Practice during times of extreme heat, Cross Country practice may be cancelled by the coach or Athletic Director. Please remind athletes to bring a water bottle and to drink plenty of water at school and at home!
Runners - please note that you MUST have a physical and turn in your Emergency Treatment Form ASAP. You cannot participate in a meet until these forms are returned
Directions to University School Cross Country Meets
Weyerhaeuser Park (The old Heritage Park) (1st Annual Redskin Rally)
Take Exit 51 (Wilcox Drive)
Go straight at bottom of exit ramp
Continue on Wilcox Drive for 2 miles (you will pass a BP gas station on your left)
Get in the right lane
As soon as you cross a bridge, turn right onto Jared Drive and take immediate right onto Riverport Road
Go 2 miles, complex is on the right
Holston Dam (Run for the Hills Meet)
Take Bristol Highway. Just before Bristol Speedway take right onto 394. Go straight through red light. Stay on 394 (5/6 miles) to second red light. Take right onto 421. Follow signs to Holston Dam.
David Crockett High School (Santo Cicirello Meet)
Take West Market Street out of town towards Jonesborough. West Market Street becomes Jackson Blvd (2.1 mile). Turn left onto N Washington Drive (0.2 mile). Turn right onto W Main St. (0.8 mile). Continue on Old TN-34 (2.0 mile). David Crockett will be on your right.
Daniel Boone High School (Region and Trailblazer)
Take I-181 N to Exit 42. Turn left. The school is a couple miles ahead on the left.
Winged Deer Park
Take Bristol Highway and Winged Deer Park will be on the left. Take Carroll Creek Road until the boat dock. The race is to the right of the boat dock and pavilion.
Steele Creek, Bristol (Bristol Cross Meet)
Take Bristol Highway to State Street (in Bristol). Turn left on State Street. Stay on State Street bearing left in front of the Walmart. Go past the K-Mart. Turn left at Taco Bell and CVS. Turn left on 126. Steele Creek Park is one mile ahead.
Warriors Path State Park
Take 1-181 towards Kingsport and take Rock Springs Road exit. After you exit turn right onto Moreland Drive. You will pass Sullivan South High School on your left. Continue on road, crossing straight through red light on Ft. Henry Drive and follow road until you reach park. Follow signs.
Turn into the Veterans Administration (VA) from State of Franklin (across from the Mini-Dome at ETSU)
Victor Ashe Park, Knoxville
From downtown Knoxville, take Western Avenue headed west; after approximately four miles, turn right onto Pleasant Ridge Road; go approximately three miles (before Northwest Middle School) and turn left onto Bradshaw Road; park is on immediate right.
Hagan Stone, Greensboro, NC
From I-40 E towards Greensboro merge onto US-220 S via Exit 218A toward US-220 S/Asheboro/I-85-BR S. Merge onto I-85 N via Exit 78. Take the US-421, exit on Exit 126 toward Sanford. Merge onto US-421 S/Joseph M Hunt Jr Expy via Exit 126A toward Sanford. Turn right onto Hagan-Stone Park Road.