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AHS Cross Country Looks for Improvement in 2017

Familiar faces will be running for AHS this fall, as the 2016 team lost no one to graduation.

Senior David Reed is set to lead the Panthers in 2017.  Reed set a PR last season of 18:17 and advanced to the state cross country championship for the first time.  Behind Reed is fellow senior Adam Sallee.  Having made great strides over the last three years, Sallee was running near the 30-minute mark his freshman year.  Last season, he reached a personal best 20:19.  Sophomore Seth Fouts returns, having ran a personal best 21:19 last season.  Rounding out the returning varsity runners is sophomore Noah Rayburn and junior Stephen Cordle who both look to continue shaving off minutes this season.

 Also joining the varsity team on a limited basis will be seventh grader Conner Snapp.  It is planned for Snapp to run the required minimum of four high school meets so that he can compete with the varsity team at the regional meet. 

“In the meets that Conner runs, we have a chance to have four runners running sub 22:00, and maybe even sub 21:00 by the end of the season, and I can’t recall the last time we had either of those situations,” Coach Tim Litteral stated.  “David has the potential to run in the 17:00s, and hopefully knowing it’s his last opportunity, he’ll work really hard to get there.”  Reed was the fifth and final individual qualifier for the state meet last season. “If the team doesn’t qualify for the state meet, we want David to be the first or second qualifier, and not have to wait around to the last spot to see if he made it.”

“I feel like Adam could make a run at qualifying for state as well.  If he can knock another couple of minutes off this season, as has been his trend, he’ll give himself a chance.  In the meets that Conner runs, we feel like that will help our team placement, but we’ll need Seth, Noah, and Stephen to continue pushing to improve their times,” Litteral said.

On the girls’ side, sophomore Michaela Remley returns.  Remley joined the team last season and improved by over 8-minutes from start to finish.  8th grader Emma Young is also planned to join Remley for four high school races, making her eligible to compete at the regional meet. 

The high school team opens its season August 29 at Pendleton County.