With the 2017 season coming to an end soon, we took a look at some of the biggest improvements made by athletes across the state.
Here are five breakout performers this season:
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Sullivan is yet to finish outside the top four in a race this season.
In his final season at the high school level, Sullivan has become a frontrunner for the Fighting Irish at big meets across East Tennessee.
Last season he was 7th at the KIL Championships running 16:31. This season, he knocked 51 seconds off that time to finish third.
He was 31st at the Foot Locker South meet a year ago with a time of 16:53. If all goes well, he'll have a shot at a top ten spot this time around.
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Jones has made a big move this season as a junior.
And his team needed him to do so. Former Science Hill standout Alex Crigger is now at Tennessee, contributing for the Vols as a freshman.
But Jones has stepped up, breaking 16 minutes for the first time in week one of the season. Jones had only run faster than 17 minutes three times prior to this season.
He's knocked 40 seconds off his personal best just this season, and there's still time to get that PR even lower.
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|19:04.51||McCallie XC Invite||1st||Finals||>|
|18:40.33||DeKalb County High School Invitational||1st||Finals||>|
|19:33.40||Macon County, Macon Bank Invitational||1st||Finals||>|
Wilcox belongs on this list because she's only a freshman.
And in her first season as a high schooler, she has five wins and seven top three finishes.
Not too shabby.
Wilcox also won the prestigious Voyles Classic in her second race. She's currently No. 3 in the state rankings and is still improving. Her 18:08 at Jesse Owens asserted herself as a force to be reckoned with as the season progresses.
In Wilcox's first appearance at the State Meet in a few weeks, expect big things from the Cookeville freshman.
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|19:35.42||Furman Gene Mullin Invitational||2nd||Finals||>|
|19:17.00||Fenders Farm Cross Country Carnival||2nd||Finals||>|
|19:20.50||Terry Hull Crawford Cross Country Classic||1st||Finals||>|
|19:21.10||Run for the Hills||1st||Finals||>|
From a time perspective, Roy is the biggest mover on this list.
Her personal best in 2016 was 19:38. Now it's 18:21.
Roy was finished in the top three in all of her races this season, winning her first two competitions.
She had never finished in the top three before this season. With her personal best at the Cherokee Classic, Roy is the fifth fastest runner in the state heading into region and state competition in the coming weeks.
|18:49.00||West TN Championships||1st||Finals||>|
|19:19.00||MYA HS #4||1st||Finals||>|
|19:02.20||Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival||24th||Finals||>|
|22:34.00||MYA HS #2 MAKE UP||2nd||Finals||>|
|20:03.04||West Tennessee Fall Classic||3rd||Finals||>|
|19:13.00||MYA HS #1||1st||Finals||>|
|18:59.64||Brooks Memphis Twilight Classic||4th||Finals||>|
Underwood has a state championship to her name on the track. And now that speed is translating to the grass.
She won the Division II 800 meter run last May, and she's added a few more wins this cross country season as well.
In 2016, her season best was 21:12. With her win at the West Tennessee Championships, she crushed that time.
Underwood will have a good shot at the Division II-AA state championship at the state championship meet in a few weeks. With her three wins this season, she's got the experience of running up front in a big race.