Cade and Nicholas earn All-State honors at State Cross Country Championships 

    The Tennessee State Middle School Cross Country Championships were held on Saturday October 17th at the Knoxville Livestock Center.  Bearden was represented by five runners, and all five turned in outstanding performances. 

    In the girls varsity race Lindsey W put herself in the mix early, ran a personal best, and held on for 43rd out of 341 of the top girl runners in the state, a dramatic improvement from her 138 place a year ago.  Millie L continued her recent tear, dropping another 22 seconds off her personal best and finishing 74th

    The varsity boys' race was a three-man battle at the front.  Cade C ran a person best for the course by 16 seconds enroute to a convincing 2nd place overall.  This was Cade’s third year earning All-State honors.  Only two other Bearden boys had done it even once prior to this year.  Nicholas B garnered his first All-State trophy finishing an exceptional 8th overall and becoming the fourth Bruin to reach that level.   Graham K got his first taste of state-level competition.  He obliterated his previous best performance by 51 seconds, running a time that would have earned him a trophy a week ago at Regionals.  

    Outstanding runs to finish off the season. 

    Three cheers for all our runners this season.  Well done!


    Bearden runners excel at Regional Championships mudfest 

    On Saturday October 10th, the first weekend of fall break, Bearden’s cross country runners were not taking a break.  They were out at the Knoxville Livestock Center course for the Regional Cross Country Championship meet.  Rain poured down, turning the course into a mud bath. 

    With the soggy slippery conditions we weren't expecting any fast times, and honestly, coming within 20-30 seconds of times from a week and a half ago would have been good.  But never underestimate the Bearden runners!  The Puddlestompers in the first wave set the stage with PRs by Norah and Alexa, a season's best by Jadyn, and Ella only 3 seconds off her previous best.  Then Cooper soloed for Bearden in the next boys' wave, PRing as well.  Our invitational girls kept us rolling with Millie L getting a huge PR, knocking 37 sec off from last race and moving up to a trophy at 27th place overall.  Lindsey matched her PR, celebrating with Millie and hoisting the 12th place trophy.  Audrey ran a season's best, and Macie ran her 2nd best race.   

    All those races softened the course up even more, making the surface for the invitational boys' race more soup than substance. Cade had a serious duel going and looked primed to surge off to a potential victory.  Unfortunately, not long after taking the lead, he dove face first into the mud and had to settle for 2nd.  Nicholas put everything and more out on the course but managed to avoid the medical tent while earning an 8th place trophy.  Graham joined Millie L as a top performer in this meet, knocking a full 27 seconds off his previous best, moving all the way up to 50th place, and qualifying for State.  Carter was only 3 seconds off his PR. 

    Bearden’s coaches were incredibly proud of the Bruin runners.  Six Bruins - Cade, Nicholas, Graham, Lindsey, Millie L., and Macie - qualified to run in the State Championships scheduled for October 17th


    Bearden and the Beast

    Melton Hill Park, site of the 4th cross country race of the season, is known as the home of the Beast, a steep challenging hill that comes at you one and a half miles into the race.  Bearden runners scaled the Beast and raced their way to more PRs and some top finishes. 

    Lindsey W and Millie C led the girls, both finishing top 25, both running sub-7 minute/mile pace.  Millie L, Macie G, Audrey Z, Ella J, and Hailey T topped off the team scoring, followed to the line by Alexa M, Jadyn N, and Norah P.  On a much harder course than last week, nine girls still ran personal or season’s bests enroute to finishing 6th in the team competition. 

    No other boys team has the 1-2 punch of Cade C and Nicholas B, who finished 2nd and 4th overall in this race. Graham K, Isaac H, Henry , Carter Z, and Wy’Tier N completed the top seven for Bearden with James B, Cooper E, Jack H, and Malik W sprinting in behind them.  The boys were 8th out of 25 teams in the team competition. 

    Next meet is Tuesday September 29th at the Knoxville Livestock Center. 


    Bearden runners log lots of Personal and Season’s Bests 

    The 3rd meet of this cross country season was held on the evening of September 15th at Walters State Community College in Sevierville.  On a fast 2-lap course just over 2 miles long 14 of  Bearden’s runners matched or beat their personal or season’s best performances. 

    Cade C went out at sub-5 minute mile pace and was the top runner overall.  Nicholas B was second only to Cade on this night, giving Bearden a nice 1-2 finish in the boys’ race.  Henry C, Carter Z, Isaac H, James B, and Cooper E completed the top 7 with Jack Houze trailing them in.  The boys were 8th out of 19 teams. 

    In the girls’ race Millie C set the pace, finishing 25th overall, and Lindsey W managed a top 40 finish.  The rest of the top 7 were Millie L, Macie G, Hailey T, Mackenzie E, and Ella J with Jadyn N and Nina T racing in behind them.  The girls matched the boys, also finishing 8th in the team competition. 

    Kudos to our Bearden runners!  Wish them speed at the next meet on Tuesday September 22nd at Melton Hill Park. 


    Bearden Cross Country is off to the races 

    Saturday September 5th marked the first race of the cross country season.  Bearden’s runners headed out to the Knoxville Livestock Center to run perhaps the most challenging course they will face all season.  As everyone knows, there is nothing normal about this year, but one thing stayed the same: Bearden runners out there doing their best. 

    The girls got things started with Millie C leading the way and taking 16th place overall.  Macie G, Millie L, Mackenzie E, Hailey T, Ella J, and Jadyn N completed the top seven with Alexa M following them in.  The girls placed 9th and expect to move up next meet. 

    The top girls were just finishing when the gun went off to start the boys race.  Just like last year, Cade C was out front, finishing an impressive 2nd overall.  Not far behind Nicholas B dueled to 5th overall.  Rounding out the top seven were Graham K, Henry C, Carter Z, Cooper M, and Wy’Teir N, helping the boys match the girls 9th place finish in the team competition. 

    Congratulations to our Bearden runners, and wish them luck at the next race, which is Thursday September 10th at Cove Lake State Park.