From Staff Reports
Athletic director Antwain Jimmerson has always talked about the benefits of competition for the high school kids under his charge. Competing on the field helps student-athletes compete in the classroom as well.
So why not compete in what is likely the least-appreciated sport of them all?
Head cross-country coach Misty Randolph has nine student-athletes that have taken up the gauntlet and are sweating out their daily, lengthy runs as they prepare for a handful of meets and even a shot at cross-country glory beyond the district meet in October.
“They’re a dedicated bunch and it’s kinda inspiring to see them putting in the work,” Randolph said. “They get up extra early three days a week to work out before classes even start.”
Sanay Bagby, Austin and Isaiah Farmer, Caleb Shepard, Trevor Runnels and Jasce Stewart run on the boys side of the course while Ivaline Clark, Tijana Hall and Shamia Ellis represent the Lady Bulldogs.
“It’s a young group – we have four freshmen,” Randolph said. “They’re just now getting a taste of what it’s like when they run against kids from the other schools. Once they’re figured a few things out, they’ll be seeing the benefits of their work.”
The Jefferson High Cross Country team will be at LeTourneau University this Saturday, running in the East Texas Christian School’s “Backwoods Gallop.” Following an open week, they’ll head into a pair of highly-competitive meets at Hallsville (Sept. 15) and at Longview’s Lear Park where the Pine Tree Puddle Jump is staged. A meet at the end of next month in Gilmer will be the final formal before the District meet is run at Daingerfield State Park on October 10.
Follow along all season for the results and news on all of the Jimplecute’s news and alert platforms.
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