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Thomson High cross country teams meet competition goal

The boys' and girls' cross country team at Thomson High School competed in state runs in Carrollton last Saturday.

The boys' team finished 30th in the state with Antoine West finishing as the top runner for the Bulldogs.

The girls' team finished 31st in the state. Anne Schiffner finished as the top runner for the Lady Bulldogs.

"It was a huge accomplishment for them to make it to state," said Thomson coach Miranda Murphey. "Our goal all season was to make it to state competition, so once we did, the goal then was to just have fun while we were there."

She said she was most proud of the teams' accomplishments in both boys' and girls' competition.

"The boys worked hard and most of the team had their personal best time at this race," added coach Murphey. "We will only be losing two seniors this year. The majority of this year's team was in ninth and 10th grades."

The two seniors on this year's boys team are Korey Austin, who served as team captain, and Jordan Ramos, who served as co-captain.

"Both of them did an excellent job for us in terms of providing leadership and enthusiasm, said coach Murphey.

The future looks bright for cross country at Thomson High School, she said.

"I see a strong team next year that will be headed to state again," said coach Murphey. "It has been an honor to coach such a remarkable group of athletes. Thomson should be very proud of how these young men and women represented this town."

It marked the first time that the boys' team has advanced to the state level.

Because the boys' team was so successful this season, coach Murphey believes their energy spilled over to the girls' team, too.

"The girls seem to have tapped into the success of the boys' team," said coach Murphey, whose calendar was marked Nov. 7 -- the date of state competition. "I think they knew my expectations of them and they met that challenge. Our goal all along was shooting to make state."

Five of the girls placed high enough in region competition to go to state. They included: Haleigh Gill, Qynesha Williams, Anne Schiffner, Raven Hamilton and Christina Powell.

"They stuck it out," said coach Murphey. "And I'm so glad they did. They all knew it was going to take everything they had to make their goal come true and they delivered."

In boys' region competition, Antoine West finished in the top 10, coming in ninth.

"I was very proud of Antoine," said Coach Murphey. "He has such natural abilities. He is a good runner and has a strong drive to do well."

She also praised Fisher Yates, a freshman, along with Justin Bettross, a junior.

"Both of them did a great job, too, for us this season," she said.

Web posted on Thursday, November 12, 2009

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