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Back to Cherokee Farms for CC teams

  • Vance Laster completed the 2022 Victor Ashe Park Fall Classic 5,000-meter cross country course with a time of 19:36.50, and was the first Anderson County High School boys runner to complete the course. Twenty-five area high school and 239 boys cross country runners competed in the race. - Tony Cox

  • Emily Boring (509) was the first Lady Mavericks cross the finish Anderson County Boys tor Ashe Park Fall Classic on Saturday. - Tony Cox

  • Blaze boys cross country team members are, from left, Dominic Hendershot, Jed Deel, Konnor McKenney, Oliver Birkbeck, Theo Hill and Uriyah Pickett. Coach Kerley is stand- ing in back. - Tony Cox

  • Clinton Blaze girls cross country team members are, from left, Lydia Swanner, Kathryn McKenney, Keilani Pickett, Skyleigh Myers, Adah Freels, Tatum Tipton, Claire Hendershot, Ingrid Freels, Madi Westphal, and Coach Kerley. - Tony Cox

Anderson County High School’s cross county teams are preparing for one of the biggest local meets of the season.

The Mavericks and Lady Mavericks will join multiple teams from across the county, including Clinton, for the Cherokee Classic at Knoxville Cherokee Farms Park.

“The kids are looking forward to that meet,” Anderson County Coach Derek Wallace said. “It’s a nice course and it’s flat.”

The Mavericks and Lady Mavericks were in action Saturday at Knoxville’s Victor Ashe Park. Weather conditions made things difficult for both Anderson County teams.

“We didn’t have a lot of personal bests,” Wallace said. “It’s hard when you run in the rain.

“By the time the boys’ race started, it was already muddy and things just got worse and worse,” he said. “I rested some of my girls. They had some injuries, nothing major, but the girls wanted to rest to get ready for the race at Cherokee (this) week.”

The Lady Mavericks had five athletes compete at Victor Ashe Park last weekend.

Emily Boring was ACHS’s top finisher, followed by Sydney Day, Haley Braden, Rylee Buchanon and Emma Johnson.

Seven boys were in the race last weekend.

Anderson County was represented by Vance Laster, Conner Chandler, Ben Clotfelter, Jaxon Taylor, Ethan Bolton, Michael Mattson and Jonathan Arsenault.