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The Clover High School cross country team's offseason commitment is second to none.
The boys and girls cross country participants ran five days a week, beginning at 6 a.m., from June 4 until the start of school.
“The kids have continued to progress as the season has moved along,” said cross country coach Bailey Jackson. “We have been battling some nagging injuries and have held some guys our of recent races.
“We are in a position to have a good race Thursday at the region meet.”
The boys cross country team is led by junior Austin Highfill, who is coming off a second-place finish in the Cavalier Invitational at Dorman High School.
Highfill is running in the low 16 minutes and is followed closely by seniors Jason Witry, James Haynes, Jason Greene and junior Alex Wilson.
“Alex led our team at the Wendy's Invitational and set a personal best of 16:53,” Jackson said. “Our team finished the Wendy's race eighth out of 32 teams.”
Other runners who have contributed this year include freshman Eli Allen and juniors Jon Bruney and Khristopher Gross.
The girls cross country team has been led by sophomore Hannah Holcombe and junior Rachel Capps.
Other contributors include juniors Brittany Traw and Emily Sparrow, freshman Brenna Hunter and sophomores Valerie Glankler and Juhee Bhatt.
“The girls had the same summer workout schedule and have also been battling injuries,” commented Jackson.
The cross country Region 3-AAAA meet is Thursday at Northwestern High School, beginning at 4:15 p.m.