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Alexander cross country team prepares for region, state meets
by Ericka Birdsong
ebirdsong@neighbornewspapers.com
October 10, 2012 04:50 PM | 1589 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Alexander cross country runners, from left, Will Hembree and Claire Lynch run the track to warm up during practice.
Alexander cross country runners, from left, Will Hembree and Claire Lynch run the track to warm up during practice.
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The runners of the Alexander cross country team have performed well this season and look forward to going to the state championship, according to their coach.

After leading the team for 19 years, head cross country coach Brian Robinson said his team has done a great job so far. The girls have the second-fastest overall time in Class AAAA and the boys are fourth, according to the web site MileSplitGA.

At this point in the season, there are several runners that have led the pack. For the girls the leaders are Brittany Truitt, Chloe Camp and Oumie Mbye. For the boys, the leaders are Broc DuCharme, Jacob Keys and Michael Scasny. All of these runners finished in the top 15 of their latest meet on Sept. 29, the Aubrae Gunderson Invitational in Conyers.

In the boys’ race, Alexander’s top three all finished within a few seconds of each other. DuCharme finished eighth with a time of 17 minutes, 11.60 seconds; King finished ninth with a time of 17:15.51; and Scasny finished 11th at 17:18.20. The team finished third in the race, which featured schools in Classes A to AAAA.

Alexander’s girls team finished first and had five runners finish in the top 10. For the top three girls, Truitt finished second overall with a time of 20:27.93; Camp finished sixth at 21:31.84 and Mbye finished seventh with 21:37.95. The other two to make the cut were Amber Jent in eighth with 21:38.48 and Anna Scasny in ninth with 22:00.35.

Performing at a high level is not new to Robinson as Alexander’s boys finished as the state champions in 2000 and were runners-up twice. They were in the top five in their region from 1999 to 2010.

As for the girls, they have finished as high as third place and have been in the top 10 ever year since Robinson began in 1993.

The next meet will be the Asics Invitational in Whitesburg on Oct. 13, three weeks before Alexander hosts the Region 5-AAAA meet on Nov. 3 and the GHSA State Championship Meet Nov. 10 at Carrollton High School.

“It’ll get tough. We have to beat Marist, but we have an outside shot at winning,” Robinson said.
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