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October 28, 2009

Pulaski County middle schoolers vie for state title this weekend

Somerset — This Saturday at the Meet of Champions Boys Middle School State Cross County Championships, a group of young runners from Pulaski County hope to be on the top of the heap and wrap up their perfect undefeated season.

The Maroon middle schoolers have won all nine of the races they have competed in this year, which includes gold trophies in the Franklin County Invitational, the Purple Striders, the Pulaski Invitational and the Southern Harrier Special.

They have also held the boys’ state middle school top ranking for the entire year, and never really been challenged up to this point.

Out of a possible perfect score of 15 points — which requires your top five runners to place 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th — the Pulaski middle schoolers meet average is only 23 points. Their average margin of victory is well over 40 points per meet.

As a matter of fact, the Pulaski middle school team is so strong, they make up over half of the Pulaski County High School boys varsity team.

“Five of these middle school boys will be part of our regional meet varsity team,” Pulaski County High School coach Byron Childers said. “Mason and Morgan Stevens have been my second and third runner on th varsity team, while Mason Blevins is the fifth man on varsity. Jimmy Goldson and Austin Hyden will also compete for a spot on the varsity top seven for region.”

As seventh-graders, the Pulaski middle school team finished sixth in last year’s Meet of Champions Middle School State Championships. But it was that performance which has motivated this talented group of runners.

“I think last year’s sixth place finish in the Meet of Champions really set a fire under these boys,” Pulaski middle school David Evans said. “They have been really motivated to improve and they know they have a chance to do something special this year.”

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