JFWA Boys Place First at Home Cross Country Meet
The J. Frank White Academy (JFWA) high school cross country team ended regular season Oct. 15, hosting Oneida High School and Scott County High School at a 5k (3.1 miles) course on the Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) campus and greenway.
Academy highlights from the race include Jay Teague and Lillian Turley each winning their respective races by convincing margins. Teague’s time was 20 minutes and 35 seconds, and Turley finished in 26:25. Caleb Carney (21:55) and Elizabeth Melton (29:41) each placed third in their races, while Daniel Gao (22:08) and Elijah Harrington (23:57) finished in the top ten, giving the boys’ team its third team victory of the season. Finishing the JFWA roster were Samuel Tompkins (25:11), Mason Troutman (26:50) and Micah Harrington (26:55).
“This has been a difficult season for all of us, but our athletes have handled the circumstances very well, including two last-minute meet cancellations, a late start to the season and practice disruptions, not to mention adjusting to a new coach,” said Coach Jim Melton.
The season-opening meet, hosted by Scott County High School at Oneida City Park on Sept. 10, set the tone for the season. Although JFWA’s two girls runners aren’t eligible for the team competition, Turley won the race with Melton close behind in third place. The boys team got its first team victory led by Carney taking second place and Teague in fourth. Elijah Harrington was 6th and Gao placed 7th.
After two meet cancellations, JFWA again traveled to Oneida City Park on October 1, to compete in the Richard Magyar Memorial Meet where Turley placed 2nd and Melton 5th, in a season’s best time despite battling an injury. The boys team placed three runners in the top five – Teague (2nd), Carney (3rd), and Gao (5th) – to secure their second team victory. Gao, Tompkins (also battling injury), and Micah Harrington all had season best times in this race.
“In the most challenging meet of the year, we made the short drive through the Cumberland Gap Tunnel to Middlesboro High School on October 13, to compete against some of the best cross country teams in Kentucky, including the 2A defending state champions and currently third-ranked Corbin Redhounds,” Melton said. “Despite the vast step up in competition – or perhaps because of it – our runners turned in some very good times including season best times for Jay, Caleb, Elijah, and Mason.”
The team is now preparing for the National Association of Christian Athletes (NACA) Championships on November 14, in Dayton, Tennessee.
“To say I am very proud of this team is a gross understatement,” Melton said. “Each of them has exceeded every expectation I have had for them and I suspect they will do it again in November.”
The J. Frank White Academy is a private, college preparatory day school serving grades K-12, located on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University. JFWA is fully accredited and STEM certified by Cognia, which is the first internationally recognized mark of quality for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) schools and programs, signaling the growing emphasis on STEM education by educators, politicians and business leaders around the world. For more information contact JFWA Director of Admissions Bernie Harrington at Bernard.Harrington@LMUnet.edu or apply online at JFWA.LMUnet.edu.
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