Former State Champion Markie Voyles Passes Away in Car Accident

 White County High School distance running star was the victim of a single-vehicle car accident Saturday night in Sparta, Tennessee, the Sparta Expositor reports.  The 17-year old was the only passenger of a 1995 Nissan pick-up truck which was driven by an 18-year old male, Travis Young.

Voyles, whose father is the assistant track coach at White County, has been a force to be reckoned with since she moved to Tennessee from California in time for the 2006 cross country season. She is the possessor of impressive personal records ranging from a 2:17 800m to an 18:50 5k cross country race.  In 2007, she was a double-state champion on the track, winning both the A/AA 1600m and the A/AA 3200m while representing Macon County High School.  She finished tenth overall at the 2007 AAA State Cross Country Championship.