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Burnett Invitational Wrap-Up

Wow, words don't express how proud coaches are of runners today!  Out of 23 White County Runners, 15 posted a new personal record (PR)! 

Official Times posted at

Photos: Special thanks to John Gottlied, Catherine Gottlied, and Jacque Powell for taking photos for our teams. I'll download and curate photos later for highlights. Catch lots of great photos on these Facebook accounts: 

Here are some of the highlights from today's meet. 

High School Boys:  

  • Gabriel Wiles earned his first sub-19min race at 18:57, which definitely solidifies him as an individual state contender. He also won a medal for finishing in the top 20 (at 19th place), his 3rd medal of the season. He has one more month to improve toward the state qualifier on Oct 26th. 
  • John Durfee had the biggest PR of the day by 3:06 earning huge gains in points standings for the Warriors. He PRed from 26:44 to 23:38!
  • Gabriel Wiles, Kayden Kimmons, Aden Atkins, John Durfee, and Jackson Hodges all posted new PR's.  
  • Even with a sprained ankle, Ashton ran in our #5 spot, boosting our team score. That's some grit!
  • The HS boys squad beat Upperman by a score of 177 to 225 (lowest scores win)!  We also set a goal of beating Livingston Academy & Red Boiling Springs, who only brought 4 runners today. Using actual positions for score of top 4, Warriors =181, Livingston = 238, Red Boiling Springs = 269. Congrats on beating 3 teams today! 
High School Girls 
  • Harley Johnston had the biggest PR of the day by 4:12! That's huge! She dropped her best time from 35:31 to 31:19. 
  • Poppy Shank, Luci McKee, and Zoe Clemons all posted new PR's today too!
  • The HS girls squad beat Upperman by a score of 192 to 194. That was a close race!
Middle School Boys
  • Jackson Burch posted a jaw-dropping PR to take the mantle as the fastest White County distance runner in White County Middle School at a time of 14:48! He beat his previous PR (16:30) by 1:42. Congrats Jackson!
  • The biggest PR's today were Owen Ferris and Sam Burton. Owen ended up as our #5 scoring runner today at 26:15, topping his previous record by 2:33. We would end up needing his score in a big way to beat another school. Sam came seemingly out of nowhere surprising us with a 15:36, improving by 2:29. 
  •  Ethan Wiles and Tyler Hernandez also put up new PR times at 15:40 and 16:18 respectively. Great job boys! 
  • The middle school boys beat our target opponent in this race, Tuckers Crossroads School out of Lebanon, by a score of 150 to 155.  Smith County only brought 3 runners, but our top three beat their top three by a score of 143 to 171. 
Middle School Girls
  • Emma Nash continues to get faster each and every week improving from 16:12 to 16:05 this week. That 7 second PR shows healthy and steady growth. Emma also won a medal for finishing in her top 20 at 19th position!
  • Natalie, Olivia, Eva, Reagan, and Aaliyah all put up very respectable scores very close to their PR's today. Olivia only missed her PR by 1 second! We are proud of you girls!
  • Our top 3 girls beat Smith county top 3 (they only brought 3 runners) by a score of 86 to 106.  Our top 2 girls beat Tuckers Crossroads School top 2 girls by a score of 52 to 60. Great job ladies!  
Here's the full stats on the day!

The Middle School has the weekend off next weekend. next MS meet is Macon Co on 10/6. The High School squad will race in Hendersonville on Saturday evening, October 1st. 


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