Performer Of The Week
Every week this season we will be conducting a poll from beginning Monday and ending Thursday to highlight performances from the previous week. This will give us an opportunity to showcase the best talent in Tennessee. Though some athletes will likely run times every week that are worthy of being in the poll, our goal is to cast a wide net and showcase a vast array of athletes from all parts of the state.
Miles Ramer - Ravenwood
It's hard to believe that less than two years ago, Miles Ramer's best 5k was 17:18. Fast forward to now and every race since has been under sixteen minutes and on Saturday the defending state champion ran under fifteen for the first time in his career. The Ravenwood junior finished runner up at the Southern Showcase crossing the line in 14:49, 40 seconds faster than his time there last season. The week prior he won Voyles Classic in 15:17 where we caught up with him.
Ramer's performance on Saturday currently ranks #7 on our All-Time list.
Luke Mussard - Dobyns Bennett
The next Tennessean to cross the finish line in Huntsville was another Junior in Luke Mussard who finished 3rd with a time of 14:54. It was Mussard's first varsity competition for the Indians after transferring from Daniel Boone this summer and wasted no time leaving his mark on the program.
We'll hopefully get to catch him race in person next week at Bristol Cross.
Luke Thompson - Brentwood Academy
So far this season at meets, I've seen Luke Thompson twice however he didn't race at either of them. Brentwood Academy did not race their varsity at Coleman Midgett and at Voyles, Thompson was still recovering for a small ailment. Whatever that ailment was, it does not appear to be bothering him anymore. While everyone else from Tennessee descended on Huntsville, the Eagles traveled east to Cary, North Carolina where Luke Thompson placed 3rd running a new PR of 15:01 leading team to a narrow runner up finish at the adidas XC Challenge placing runner up by just five points.
Brentwood Academy looks to interrupt the streak of titles for McCallie in Division II Class AA and with performances like this that's becoming a real possibility even with the continuity of the Blue Tornado roster.
Owen Johnson - Science Hill
Of the races in state, the largest was Fender's Farm in Jonesborough, Tennessee. Science Hill Junior Owen Johnson won the varsity race finishing in a PR time of 16:27. This is Johnson's 2nd victory of his career and just his third time under the seventeen minute mark. Johnson currently ranks 5th in Region I which, if he can maintain that standing, will be an improvement on his finishing place last season.