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Bulldog boys win four-way meet
THS senior gets individual honors at cross country meet

Grovetown senior Jasmine Ray and Thomson senior Antoine West took individual honors in a four-way cross country meet Thursday at Thomson High School.

The meet opened Thomson's season, and was the first home meet in at least four years, according to Miranda Murphey, who is in her third year as coach.

Ray led the Warriors to a second-place team finish, behind the Washington-Wilkes Tigers. The host Bulldogs placed third, and the Taliaferro County Jaguars placed fourth.

Thomson won the boys' meet, followed by Washington-Wilkes, Taliaferro and Grovetown.

Ray finished at 26:26.

Thomson's Nayeli Monay led the Bulldogs with a 10th-place finish and a time of 31:02.

Ray said Friday's was her highest finish. "Actually I'm pretty surprised," she said. "I didn't think I could do it."

"I'm usually somewhere in the middle," she said. She also said it was her best time, but vowed to improve as the season continues.

Thomson's West led the field from the opening seconds and had no close challengers by the end of the third lap.

He said he had at least four victories last season. West is commander of the THS Navy JROTC.

He said he works out every day, and he plans to enlist in the Navy after graduation.

The Bulldogs were due back in action at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Washington, against Washington-Wilkes.

Murphey thanked the volunteers at the opening meet and invited more volunteers. "It's a lot of work to set up," she said.

Murphey told her athletes that the Friday meet was a good chance to get a look at possible region opponent Grovetown.

Web posted on Thursday, September 15, 2011

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