The Emerald Cross Country team completed their season of competition during the final two weeks of October. On Saturday (October 24) Emerald Hosted the Region 3-AAA Championships. The boys finished in 3rd place behind Broome and Clinton. The boys were led by Matthew Hines (17:51) who finished 3rd overall, earning All-Region honors. The girls were led by Cierra Friez (23:06) who finished 8th overall, also good for All-Region honors. CLICK HERE for photos from the meet. CLICK HERE for full results.
The Emerald Boys achieved their season-long goal of qualifying for and competing at the AAA State Qualifier in Columbia last Friday (October 30). Matthew Hines completed his season-long streak of being Emerald’s top finisher by running a lifetime best of 17:46 (21st overall). He narrowly missed qualifying for the State Finals. Matthew Dalton (19:06) and Adam Prince (19:52) both achieved lifetime best marks. Thomas Rude (18:55) ran a season best. Coulter Friez (20:47) rounded out the scoring for the Vikings. CLICK HERE for photos from the meet. CLICK HERE for full results. Special thanks to Emilee Hines for providing extra images from the meet.
As you know, I (Coach Payne) am the author of these cross country articles. Please allow me a moment of personal privilege to thank several groups of important people. First, thanks very much to the athletes who participated as a part of our team this year. 2020 was a crazy year that was filled with lots of challenges. We didn’t even know if we were going to be able to finish the season, but WE DID! Thanks for your patience, persistence, and perseverance. Second, thanks to the parents of these athletes. Your support allowed us to have a season. Thank you for helping out at our home meets. And thank you for entrusting your most treasured possessions with me this season. This is a responsibility I take very seriously. Finally, I would like to thank our administrators (Coach Mac and Mrs Blount) for their support of the program. Our team theme for the year was “an attitude of gratitude.” We are so thankful that we were able to continue doing what we love doing with the people we love. I hope this attitude will carry each of you through the remainder of 2020 and into the future.