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Area runners finish strong at Peachtree
by Greg Oshust
July 10, 2014 09:02 AM | 1806 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Special Photo / Recently graduated Pace cross county and track standout Josh Rogers was among the current and former local high school cross country and track standouts who competed in the Peachtree Road Race Friday.
Special Photo / Recently graduated Pace cross county and track standout Josh Rogers was among the current and former local high school cross country and track standouts who competed in the Peachtree Road Race Friday.
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A number of current and former local high school standouts came away with top 100 finishes among the 60,000 runners who participated in the Peachtree Road Race Friday.

Leading the way among the local prep contingent was former Marist standout Jack Leahey, who covered the 10K, 6.2-mile course from the start at Lenox Square mall in Buckhead to the finish at Piedmont Park in Midtown in 31 minutes, 49 seconds to finish 41st overall and among the men and claim the men’s 15- to 19-year-old age group.

It was another strong performance at Peachtree for Leahey, who finished 77th overall with a time of 33:00 last year. He is a rising sophomore at Princeton, where he is a member of the school’s cross country and track teams.

Finishing less than a minute behind Leahey was ex-St. Pius X star Austin Sprague, who completed the course in 32:20 to place 49th overall, 48th in the men’s category and second in the men’s 15-19 age group.

Sprague, who ran 33:04 at Peachtree last year, will continue his running career at Furman after a memorable senior season at St. Pius. He won the Class AAA boys’ cross country championship last fall as well as the 1,600- and 3,200-meter titles in AAA at the state track meet in May.

Galloway’s Reilly Friedman was also among the top 100 placers with a time of 32:24 to finish 54th overall, 53th among the men and fourth in the men’s 15-19 category. Friedman is entering his senior season at Galloway after winning the Class A private school boys’ cross country title last fall and the 3,200 in the Class A private boys’ competition at the state meet in May.

Marist’s Michael Thurston ran 34:26 to place 115th overall, but still cracked the men’s top 100 with a 95th-place showing, while War Eagle teammate Frank Pittman finished right behind him at 34:31.

St. Pius coach Ryan McClay also had a strong Peachtree performance with a time of 34:57 for a 141st-place overall finish and 115th-place showing among the men.

Recently graduated Pace runner Josh Rogers finished with a time of 37:58 for a 321st-place overall finish and a 281st-place result among the men.

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