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Pray Person and Washakie Vaughn are both back to help lead the South Central cross-country teams.

Keep an eye on both Burke/South Central cross squads
Aug 24, 2017

By Rich Winter

In looking back at the 2016 state cross-country results the Burke/South Central (BSC) squads sure do return a ton of firepower.


The boys team finished 5th a year ago, but were two points from 4th and only 15 away from third. Oh, and everyone is back, a year older, a year stronger and we should see some much improved team results as the season goes along. 


Kray Person - Person is back for his senior season after finishing 2nd in the Class B race a year ago. As track coach and father, Erik Person said last spring the Person's aren't blessed with great leg speed but the further the distance the better they get. Well, Person had a terrific outdoor track season a year ago, ran a lot of 800's and 1600's and got his 3200 meter time down to 9:38. Should be a big season for Person, although Bison's Daniel Burkhalter, the defending champ loom large out west. 


Tyson Mayer - Mayer finished 37th at the state meet a year ago as a ninth grader. Another young man who had a good outdoor track season. A year older, we'll see how this young man develops, but he should be poised for a podium finish. 


Washake Vaughn - Vaughn finished 49th at the state meet a year ago, also as a ninth grader. I've always enjoyed seeing this young gun run, usually cuz he's all heart and really grits it out at the end. That said, he was a smallish 9th grader a year ago and moving into his 10th grade year we should see some big-time improvements as the season goes along.


Class B scores three runners but BSC had two others competing at the state meet in Jesse Williams and Keith Hoffman, who ran at the state meet a year ago and are now 11th and 9th graders respectively.


BSC girls - While the girls finished 14th in the team standings at the state meet a year ago, there is some serious young horsepower moving up the ranks and BSC looks like they should take a significant jump in the team standings this season. 


Lacey Person - Person made the podium at the state meet a year ago and finished 20th. She is a sophomore this season and should take that leap forward and be a real team leader for what is still a yougish squad. 


Jolene Vaughn - Vaughn finished 62nd at the state meet a year ago as a 7th-grader. Could see a big jump for this young lady this season.


BSC needs to find a third runner which could come from Brecken Bolander or junior Anna Zara. 


Laurie Kenzy returns to coach what should be a couple of terrific teams down south. 

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