The Vikings cross country teams placed fourth in the Fisher River Invitational on Tuesday, Sept. 8 at Fisher River Park.
“I think we did pretty well. The boys’ team ran their season best on a course that was our hardest so far. Each boys ran about one minute faster than they did at the Northwest Invite,” said coach Rodney King. “The girls did well, most of them ran season best, however if they all had run the pace we gave them we could have won the meet.”
Dawson Durham and freshman Jacob McGee finished in the top ten.
“Dawson and Jacob are working hard. They’re pushing each other in practice and are both adding a competitive spirit to practice. I am hoping that it is going to spread to rest of the boys and girls teams. Jacob ran a personal best and Dawson ran a season best, both of them ran about 20 seconds faster than they did the meet before,” King said.
For the girls, freshman Lauren Collins placed fourth out of 57 runners. King expects her to excel in the 1600 and 3200 in the near future.
“She has the talent, desire, work ethic, and dedication to go far in cross country and track. She is the missing link that we’ve been needing for the track team in the spring,” the coach said. “In cross country she is out there setting the example. She does exactly what we ask in practice, does not complain and she runs on her own on the weekend. If she keeps that up there are great things in store for her.”
King is pleased with improvements he’s seen since earlier in the season.
“We want to start peaking at the conference regionals and states. We’re training hard, which is something new to our ninth graders and first timers, but they are getting used to it. They’ll see the results at the end of the season.”
For a full list of results visit nc.milesplit.com.
Amanda Dodson can be reached at (336) 813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.-