Runners post personal bests at meet

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Zach Stone crosses the finish line at the Morgan Count High School cross country meet. Photo by Josiah Connelly

Zach Stone crosses the finish line at the Morgan Count High School cross country meet. Photo by Josiah Connelly

By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer

By Nick Nunn staff writer The Morgan County High School (MCHS) cross country team held their second home meet of the 2013 season last Tuesday, Oct. 22.

The MCHS boys’ team turned in a “dominant victory,” stated MCHS Cross Country Coach Brandon York, with Georgia Military College (GMC) coming in second place.

“The races were faster than the previous meet, as the course was not as wet, and our runners had a couple more weeks to train on it,” said Coach York. “We also had an extremely fast male runner, who ended up with the individual victory in the boys race running for GMC.”

GMC is the defending Single A Public School Champion.

Jeremy Craft put up a new personal record in the race, which spurred on other Morgan County runners to exert extra effort during the race.

“Since many of our runners gauge their pace based upon other Morgan runners, everyone saw a boost in their performance,” said York.

Yakira Chapman created both a personal record and a course record during her performance during the home meet, and narrowly missed setting a new school record.

According to Coach York, “the rest of the field for Morgan turned in season bests and personal records and dominated the opposition to win the meet.”

Today, Oct. 31, the cross country team is traveling to East Jackson High School to compete in the 8-AAA region meet. The varsity girls’ 5K will begin at 2:45 p.m., and the boys’ 5K starts at 3:30 p.m. A JV boys/girls’ race will take place at 4 p.m.

“Almost all of our runners are competing at their peak now, and the East Jackson course is a very fast course,” said Coach York. “We will hopefully continue to see personal records, and may well see Shana Boswell’s school record of 22:14 fall at the region meet.”

Boswell’s time of 22:14 has been an MCHS record since 2007. “Still, we are in the most competitive AAA region in the state, and will be in a dogfight to get a state berth,” concluded Coach York.

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