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Bearden teams cross-country area contenders, Prince says

Jenny Randolph got serious about her running in 2005. That’s according to her Bearden High School track and cross-country head coach, Steve Prince.

“We’ve kinda switched it around to where, ‘if you want to do this in college, you have to start running in the winter,’” Prince said he told Randolph. “So she started running in January and February and got fourth in the state [in 3200 track],” Prince said. “And then she ran July and August. ... So I think she’s finally realizing that she can get this thing together and make something of it. So she might be a big surprise.” While the Bearden boys cross country team “is going to be really tough” (read about the boys later in this story), the BHS girls have depth.


Other girls to watch are senior sKelly Fuller and Jodi Masterman, “who will be good for us,” Prince said, along with sophomores Kelsey Kernoble and Sarah Hope Jones. Freshmen Chelsey Crawford and Kelsey Gold will add depth.

As for competition, “Farragut’s going to be tough, Maryville’s going to be tough, of course, West will be tough, too, but we might be the surprise in the girls, we might have an outside shot,” Prince said, adding that as of mid-August, other girls could still try-out for the team.


“The boys are going to be really tough,” Prince said of a team featuring senior Andrew Shankles, junior Jonathan Williams, sophomore Ben Fennell, senior Nathan Grace, junior Nick Sturman and seniors Jay Lutz and Sam Tipton.

Grace is the track team’s fifth-place finisher in the 200-dash at the state tourney last spring who was also a state qualifier in cross-country last fall.

“How many people have ever done that?” Prince said of both accomplishments, adding “he’s being scouted by King College, they want him for soccer.”

Tipton was an impressive freshman in 2002 according to Prince, “but then he didn’t come back” prior to this season.

Freshmen Chad Vaughn, Aaron Attkinson and Billy Miller will add depth.

“I think they’ve got a good chance to qualify for state, I’ve just got to see what they look like ... they’ve been keeping up with my number one and two men for quite a while,” Prince said.

Prince said Farragut and West could be the roadblocks in the way of Bearden’s quest to be Knox County’s best team.

As for state qualifying trends, “we’ve gone six times since nineteen-sixty-nine, and we’ve gone three times in the past four years,” Prince said.


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