Lincoln Memorial University


Caldwell places second in cross country championships


Harrogate, Tennessee, November 15, 2017— The J. Frank White Academy (JFWA) cross country team wrapped up its season Saturday, November 11, 2017, at the National Association of Christian Athletes (NACA) Championships in Dayton, Tennessee. 

JFWA’s Macy Caldwell, an eighth grader from LaFollette, Tennessee, finished second overall in the girls middle school race with a season-best time of 12:50 on the 2-mile course. 

In the boys high school race, Justin Poland (sophomore, Harrogate, Tennessee) led JFWA with a 16th place finish in the field of 80 boys with a time of 18:54 for the 3.1 miles (5K) distance. Teammate Patrick Moore (freshman, LaFollette, Tennessee) crossed the line just behind Poland in 17th place.

The JFWA boys high school team finished fifth, just missing out on taking home hardware as the top four teams were awarded trophies. Rounding out the JFWA roster were Daniel Gao (freshman, Tazewell, Tennessee) in 20:18/40th; Jacob Melton (junior, Middlesboro, Kentucky) in 20:52/47th; Alan Luc (sophomore, Middlesboro, Kentucky) in 23:17/64th; Mason Troutman (freshman, LaFollette, Tennessee) in 23:24; Nick Lockhart (sophomore, New Tazewell, Tennessee) in 23:52/69th; Ethan Ramsey (sophomore, Harrogate, Tennessee) in 24:48/73rd; Enik Rogers (junior, Lafollette, Tennessee) in 26:36/76th and John Bradley (sophomore, Harrogate, Tennessee) in 27:33/78th

Due to a scheduling conflict, the entire girls high school team could not compete in the championship races. Two JFWA girls did compete as individuals. Elizabeth Melton (freshman, Middlesboro, Kentucky) finished 37th with a 24:56, a personal record by over two minutes. Grace Kelly (sophomore, Ewing, Virginia) also improved her best time, running a 27:18. 

Earlier in the season, Caldwell finished third at the Tennessee Middle School Athletic Association (TMSAA) State Championship for Division Single A. In the meet held on October 7, 2017, in Clarksville, Tennessee, Caldwell ran two miles in 13:10. She also qualified for the middle school state championship held by Knoxville Youth Athletics (KYA) on October 21, 2017. In the KYA state championship race which combines runners from all schools regardless of size into one race, Caldwell finished 31st out of 307 runners in a time of 13:41. JFWA’s Ella Wynn (sixth grade, Jonesville, Virginia) also qualified for the KYA state meet.    

In other season highlights, the JFWA boys high school team finished first at a meet hosted by Thomas Walker High School and notched second place finishes at meets hosted by Scott County High School and Middlesboro High School, earning them a 25-14 record versus small school teams.

In girls high school competition, the Lady Knights were led by the freshman duo Presley Cole (New Tazewell, Tennessee) and Kirsten Keith (New Tazewell, Tennessee). Cole won a meet in Middlesboro, Kentucky, in September, and finished second in four other races throughout the season. Keith finished third in races hosted by Scott High (twice), JFWA and Middlesboro. The best finish for the girls team was second out of five schools at the Richard Magyar Invitational in Oneida on October 5, 2017.

The J. Frank White Academy is a private coeducational college preparatory school located on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University and serves students grades 4-12 from Claiborne, Union, Campbell and Hancock counties in Tennessee; Bell County, Kentucky; and Lee County, Virginia. For more information contact the Academy Office at 869-6234 or visit




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