Toppers running for success

Fourteen members of the Houston cross-country team made the trip to Clinton for State meet Nov. 9, with Paige Griffin and Trey Griggs recording the best times for the team in the girl’s and boy’s divisions.
Griffin finished the girl’s 4K in 19:23 while Griggs completed the boy’s 5K in 19:55.
Houston’s girls placed 14th as a team and the boys came in 12th overall.
Coach Tracy Sullivan expressed her pride in the team and their accomplishments this season.
“They’ve all worked hard preparing for this,” Sullivan said. “Most of them bettered their times from meet to meet and the State meet times were better than their first meet of the year in Pontotoc.”
With the fall 2013 season behind them, she already has her sights set on 2014.
“I look forward to next year’s cross country team because we have learned a lot and will apply that to our training,” Sullivan said. “I will miss my seniors, Paige Griffin, Lindsey Robertson, Demarcas Echoles, Brandon Jones and Javonta McIntosh. They were all leaders and great encouragers for the younger runners.”
While in the off season, Sullivan continues to cheer on her team.
“Keep running, team,” Sullivan said. “Keep running

Toppers at State meet
Girls 4K
Paige Griffin, 19:23
Liza Boyer, 19:26
Sharisa Smith, 19:27
Mary Kansas Sullivan, 21:14
Holly Powell, 22:34
Lindsey Robertson, 22:58
Jenna Claire Spratlin, 23:24

Boys 5K
Trey Griggs, 19:55
Daniel Casados, 20:03
Brandon Jones, 20:13
Jasper Harmon, 20:15
Manuel Varela, 21:07
Tanner Smith, 21:18
Ezra Blissard, 24:08

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