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Randolph, Attkisson expected to lead Bearden cross country in 2006

With the depth abundant for the Bearden High School boys cross country team according to head coach Steve Prince, “We’re looking to go back to state again.”

Sophomore Aaron Attkisson returns as Bearden’s top male runner, having finished as Tennessee’s second-best freshman during last season’s Class AAA state meet.

He was 24th overall.

The number two runner will likely come from a threesome including senior Jonathon Williams, junior Ben Fennell or sophomore Billy Miller, “my number two man at state last year,” Prince said.

Also contributing will be junior Gregg Rader, sophomores Chad Vaughn, Sam Shaunessy, Alex Varlan and Silas Harness, and freshman Patrick Harmony, who finished second in the Knox County Middle School meet.

Prince said that among his top 25 kids, “It’s going to be so close” narrowing down the field to a distinct top 10.


Two-time All-state runner Jenny Randolph returns for her final season to lead the 2006 Bearden Lady Bulldogs cross country team.

Randolph finished in the top seven last season after an 11th-place finish in 2004. Randolph was third in the region in 2005.

Junior Sarah Hope Jones was the team’s No. 2 runner last year, with senior Reba McCracken and juniors Kelsie Kernodle and Chelcie Crawford among the team’s top seven, Prince said.

Sophomore Ruth Hahn, in her first year running, joins freshmen Lily Winchester and Molly Shankles to be among the Lady Bulldogs’ top eight.

“I’ll have a pretty good girls team,” Prince said about his “ten to twelve” girl squad. “Top five or six is what we’re shooting for in the region.”


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