►VIDEO: District Meet Wraps Up Long- Distance Runners’ Season

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If there’s ever an under-appreciated athlete walking the halls of any high school, it has to be the ones for whom practice is gruesome and notoriety so rare. Jefferson High’s 11 high school runners wrapped up their season at the Class 3A-District 7 meet at Daingerfield Park. Cross-country coach Misty Randolph’s crew has put in the work and each runner had a target for the meet – bettering their previous best times.

On the girl’s side Ivaline Clark owned the best time on the team in the 2-mile run, having established her best time of 17 minutes, 40.1 seconds. Right behind here though is Shamia Ellis (17:57.4), the only Lady Bulldog finishing under 18 minutes twice on the year. Tijana Hall is close to breaking the 21-minute mark, as is JaKaila Ventimiglia and Mackenzie Jordan.

Over on the boys side, a little more endurance is needed for the 5,000-meter run. Caleb Shephard’s time of 21:12.6 at the East Texas Charter Backwoods Gallop is the best of the
season for the boys and the only Bulldog runner to complete the 3.1 mile courses in less than 22 minutes.

Austin Farmer clipped the 27-minute mark at the Pine Tree run and Trevor Runnels nearly reached at the Hallsville race. Jace Stewart, Sanay Bagby and Isaiah Farmer are all approaching the 27-minute mark.

► Watch Charlie talk to the JHS Cross Country team about how they were preparing for district meet and what running has done for them personally:

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