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Pictured are (l-r) coach Ken Smith, Andrew Edwards, Xander Potter, Luke Woerner, John Barber and Jack Bell at Kennesaw State.

Boys cross country fourth in state after strong showing at KSU

The Pike County High School boys cross country team got an invite from Kennesaw State University head coach Cale McDaniel to compete on the KSU campus. 

“The top five boys went and competed in the meet with seven other top notch high schools,” said Clay Woerner. “The boys team came in second place in the meet. The team dropped the average team time by around 40 seconds which is a phenomenal accomplishment and also knocked off the number four team in the state – Pickens County – who finished third in the meet. Almost all of the boys ran the best times of the season and three out of the five ran their personal best ever at the event.”

Placing 23rd was Jack Bell with a personal record, Andrew Edwards was 12th with a season best, John Barber was 11th with a personal record, Xander Potter who had run a personal record the previous race came close to matching it and placed third and senior Luke Woerner ran a personal record 17:40 to place second. The boys team is now currently ranked fourth in the state.

“What a team effort, this was like a heavy weight fight, with two good teams exchanging blows, I am very proud of how the team competed,” said coach Ken Smith. 

The team competed at Carrollton over the weekend which is also home to the state course. The race was held at Noon Day park and the race was run at night, under the lights, after Kennesaw State and Clemson competed. 

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