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Graham Middle School Cross Country
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Friday, September 01, 2017
Becky Selfe Invitational and other Cross Country Results

Coach gives Lester tips for race!

Coach MacNaughton gives Noah Lester (6th Grader) some strategic pointers on running his first race in the Becky Selfe Invitational at Abingdon.  

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Pearce and Douthat competing at LebanonOn Saturday, September 2 Graham Middle School Cross Country proved that quality is better than quantity. With only 2 runners, 7th grader Lauren Pearce and 6th grader Isabel Douthat, GMS Cross Country was competing against teams with 10-20 on their team. With almost 70 runners in the race the “Dynamic Dou” of Pearce and Douthat did not back down. Pearce powered her way to a 4th place finish earning a medal. Her time was 14:08 for the 2 Kilometer or 2K race.Pearce with medal Douthat flew by 4 runners near the end of the race to capture the 14th place ribbon with a time of 16:15! Way to go G-Girls!!  

 

On Saturday GMS Cross Country will be competing in the Becky Selfe Invitational at Virginia Highlands College in Abingdon. Race time is 9am.

 

Wish them luck or come out to cheer them on! Go Graham!!

 

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The Graham Middle School Cross Country Team opened their season Wednesday 8/30. Competing for GMS was 7th grader Lauren Pearce and 6th grader Isabel Douthat, Noah Lester 6th grader, is scheduled to compete next week.

Coach MacNaughton was eager to see how his two newest runners would look competing against some of the best runners in Southwest Virginia. Racing on one of the toughest courses they will face all year Pearce and Douthat were a little nervous as they waited on the starting line with over 150 runners. It didn’t take long for Pearce and Douthat to show everyone that they are destined to be the latest in a long line of successful Graham Middle School runners. Both girls ran a smart race in the heat gradually moving up as the race went on. At the end of the race Pearce had captured 19th overall for the girls with an excellent time of 16:51 on the 2 mile course. In addition she was the 7th best 7th grade girl! Douthat was equally impressive as she steadily gained ground on her competitors going up the big hill right before the 1 mile mark. Douthat keep the momentum going the rest of the race until she finished 36th with a time of 18:34. She was the 9th best 6th grader!  

On Saturday GMS Cross Country will be competing at the Lebanon Invite starting at 9:15am.  Wish them luck or come out to cheer them on! Go G-Men!!

 

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