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Athlete of the Week: White County's Jenna Gearing
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Honor Roll

Cross Country

Sarah Beth English, Chestatee: Finished in 10th place in the girls race at the Mountain Invitational on Thursday with a time of 20 minutes, 40 seconds at Unicoi State Park.

Brenna Fair, Gainesville: Came in eighth in the girls race at the Mountain Invitational at 20:29.

Dylan Forester, Dawson County: Took fourth place in the boys race at Unicoi State Park with a time of 16:47.3.

Emma Garrison, Union County: Was the runner-up in the girls race at the Mountain Invitational at 19:22.

Zack Hill, North Hall: Was fifth in the boys race in the Mountain Invitational with a 16:47.8.

Quintin Miles, North Hall: Rounded out the top-10 in the boys race at the Mountain Invitational with a time of 17:05.4.

Tori Mullinax, Chestatee: Finished in seventh place at the Mountain Invitational at 20:16.

Witt Nix, North Hall: Won the boys race at the Mountain Invitational with a time of 16:32.

Sinead O’Bryant, White County: Was ninth in the girls race at the Mountain Invitational (20:37).

Victoria Rogers, North Hall: Took home third place in the girls race at the Mountain Invitational at 19:34.

Bryce Schuebert, North Hall: Was the runner-up in the boys race at the Mountain Invitational with a time of 16:33.

Dustin Snyder, Lakeview: Came in seventh at the Mountain Invitational at 16:52.

Jeremy Webb, Union County: Finished in eighth in the boys race at Unicoi with a 16:53.

Volleyball

Brittney Campbell, East Hall: Recorded 75 assists, 27 digs and seven kills at Monroe Area on Saturday.

Sydney Cleveland, North Hall: Had 19 kills, 12 digs and four blocks in a win over Gainesville last Tuesday.

Katie Gay, Lakeview: Tallied 15 aces and eight kills against Jefferson and Cedar Shoals on Thursday.

Kristina Gregory, North Hall: Contributed 30 assists, three kills and three aces in wins over Athens Christian and Chestatee on Thursday.

Laykin Herford, West Hall: Added 43 assists at the Monroe Invitational on Saturday.

Kara Hix, East Hall: Had 62 digs, seven kills and six assists at Monroe Area on Saturday.

Emily Hoggard, East Hall: Put up 19 kills, 16 digs and six aces at the Monroe Invitational on Saturday.

Morgan Johnson, North Georgia Christian: Had 30 service points and 12 aces against Maranatha Christian on Thursday.

Kelsi Jones, West Hall: Recorded 33 kills and six aces at Monroe Area on Saturday.

Tarryn Long, East Hall: Tallied 46 kills, 27 digs and seven aces at the Monroe Invitational on Saturday.

Mikhayla Riegel, Buford: Finished with 25 kills against Johnson and Chestatee last Tuesday.

Samantha Versteeg, Lakeview: Contributed 22 digs against Athens Christian and Hebron Christian.

Kaylin Walden, Gainesville: Put up 48 assists and 19 points on serve in wins over North Oconee and Hart County on Thursday.

Anna Walker, Gainesville: Had 22 service points, 20 kills and seven aces against North Oconee and Hart County.

Grace Williamson, Jefferson: Had 22 assists and five aces against Lakeview and Cedar Shoals on Thursday.

Sarah Wood, Jefferson: Recorded 25 kills, five digs and three aces on Thursday.

Softball

Jessica Baker, Jackson County: Had seven singles, a double and a home run in five games at the 8-AAA Region Tournament.

Morgan McKinney, Jefferson: Recorded 11 strikeouts in the Region 8-AA Championship game on Thursday.

Compiled by Kelsey Williamson

Every time White County cross country coach Sam Borg sets a goal for freshman runner Jenna Gearing, she knocks it out and moves on to the next one. But that doesn’t come as a surprise to Borg after seeing her run over the summer.

“We knew with the summer program that she was going to have a great freshman year,” Borg said. “By mid-summer, I couldn’t wait to put a jersey on her.”

Gearing is fulfilling all of Borg’s expectations for her as a young runner. Earlier in the year, she broke the course record at the West Hall Invitational. Just last week, Gearing tore up a four-year-old course record in the girls race at the Mountain Invitational at Unicoi State Park in Helen, finishing the race in 18 minutes, 49 seconds.

For her efforts, Gearing has been named The Times Athlete of the Week.

“Mountain Invitational was sort of a surprise because I was coughing and I wasn’t feeling the best,” Gearing said.

Going into the season, Gearing knew she had a huge spot to fill with the graduation of Jessie Dotson, but she leads the pack on this season’s young team.

“Jessie left such a huge impact on White County,” Gearing said, “But I think I’m getting there.”

One of the unique things about Gearing, according to Borg, is that she is able to motivate herself even if there is not a girl running next to her pushing her to go faster and win.

“I’ve been impressed with how well she runs by herself,” Borg said.

Gearing is used to being the only one on the course though.

“My eighth grade year was my first year running, and I was used to running alone,” Gearing said.

Borg and Gearing both said that she still gets nervous before every race, no matter who the competition is.

“She’s still learning how good of a runner she is,” Borg said.

Gearing believes that even though she is nervous, her excitement helps her.

“When I start running, I just forget everything,” she said.

In order to push herself even further, however, Gearing runs with the White County boys’ team to try to stay at their level because she said there are others out there working just as hard as her, so she can’t let off.

“It makes me feel like I always have competitive people to run with,” Gearing said.

Borg and the rest of the White County team can be sure that Gearing will keep pushing herself because she has goals of her own to reach.

“By the end of next year, I want to break 18 minutes,” Gearing said. “I don’t know if I can, but I definitely want to do it by the end of high school.”

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