Tough competition for cross country at Gunderson race

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Jeremy Craft finished first among the runners from Morgan County. Photo by Josiah Connelly

Jeremy Craft finished first among the runners from Morgan County. Photo by Josiah Connelly

By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer

The Morgan County High School (MCHS) Cross Country team faced tough competition at the Aubrae Gunderson Invitational this past Saturday, Sept. 28. Both the girls’ and boys’ teams came in last place as a team in the championship boys and girls three-mile races.

The Aubrae Gunderson Invitational was hosted by Heritage High School and took place at the Georgia International Horse Park in Covington.

Jeremy Craft led the Morgan County boys with a time of 17:36.09, which earned him a 71st place finish. Wyatt Howard took spot 103 after finishing the race at 18:51.37.

As a team, Morgan County came in 17th out of 17 teams, with an average time of 18:33.18.

The Morgan County girls came in 12th out of 12 teams, averaging 24:48.81 as a team.

Yakira Chapman finished 78th with a time of 23:30.56, and Jessie Pagett took the next spot just a hair behind Chapman at 23:30.95.

MCHS Cross Country Coach Brandon York noted the strength of the teams that Morgan County competed against during the Aubrae Gunderson Invitational.

“We were in a starting box sandwiched between two state champions in other classifications,” said Coach York. “We have had a stated goal of competing against the highest level of competition that we can find.  We saw plenty of season bests and personal records Saturday, and as long as we continue to have success relative to our previous meet times, I’m pleased.”

”We will certainly see strong competition at region, but we still foresee ourselves in the picture for state.”

The next meet for the Morgan County will be a home meet, which will take place on Thursday, Oct. 10.

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