North Stokes had two runners qualify to compete in Saturday’s cross country state championship at Ivey Redmon in Kernersville. Freshman Jacob McGee made his first appearance and finished 36th with a time of 18:46.39. The ninth grader has been running for the past three years and began in middle school, but said the Vikings program is completely different.
“At North Stokes we get more miles in per week and it’s much more intense,” he said. “Saturday was a great experience since I’ve never been before. It was a hard run but I enjoyed it even though the conditions were awful.”
This season McGee has become the fastest freshman to run cross country at North in school history and the first ninth grader to qualify for the state championship. Since beginning in August, he’s already dropped his time by two minutes.
“My coaches have helped me tremendously to drop time and correct my running form. The reason is because the workouts they’ve given me,” he said.
McGee believes he still has room to improve throughout the rest of year.
“I can’t wait for indoor and outdoor track. My goal is to run a 4:45 mile or lower and a 10:35 or lower in the two mile.
Dawson Durham finished 54th with a time of 19:06.43.
The junior has been part of North Stokes two state championship teams and said running has played a large role in his life.
“I really enjoy it,” he said. “Our coaches know their stuff when it comes to running and getting better. The practices may be extremely hard but that’s what makes our team get stronger and better. Jimmy (Dillard) and (Rodney) King have been big supporters in helping me.”
Durham is an all-conference athlete, all-regional, and has run at the state level in previous years.
He plans to keep setting the bar high.
“My biggest goal is to win our third state championship. My personal goal is to break both the indoor and outdoor mile and two mile records,” he said. “I think Saturday’s experience is going to help push me to do better during indoor and outdoor seasons.”
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