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Personal Records Set for Augusta Cross Country Runners in Week One

August 30, 2014
Augusta Independent Schools

                The Panthers wasted no time getting into competition mode this season.  On the first official day of cross country competition season on August 25, Augusta traveled to the Opening Day Invitational at Sharp Middle School in Pendleton County.  With a temperature around 90, it was one of the hottest days of what has been a fairly mild summer.

                Augusta junior Camryn Snapp led the way for the Panthers, as well as led the first half of the race.  In the end, he finished third, with Pendleton County’s Walker Lea and Harrison County’s Ross Smith finishing first and second respectively.  His first official 5K time of the season came in at 19:17.  Next in for the Panthers was Rhys Todd, a new face in the program, who finished 10th in 22:19. Nick Zeidler finished in 23:18, David Reed in 26:04, Jon Barrett in 26:17, and Adam Sallee in 33:45.  In the middle school race, Augusta’s lone runner, Seth Fouts, came in second place, running the 3K in 13:39. 

“Most of the guys weren’t real happy with their times,” Augusta Coach Tim Litteral stated.  “But like I told them, it was hot and we haven’t had to train in a lot of hot weather this year and that does make a difference.  I also told them that one of the reasons I thought this would be beneficial was to shake the rust off and get in a race at a smaller meet. It let us know where we stand and what they need to work on.” 

The team returned to action on Saturday, August 30, at the Ryle Invitational in northern Kentucky.  In a much larger meet from week one, several Panther’s ran the best race of their lives, literally, as four set a new personal record.  Leading Augusta and medaling was Camryn Snapp who placed 16th out of 139 runners and set a new personal record of 17:33.  Also setting a PR was Nick Zeidler with a 20:54, David Reed with 21:21, and Jon Barrett with 24:06.  Adam Sallee ran a 30:57, and while that was not his PR, it was a nearly three-minute decrease from his first meet.  In the middle school race, Seth Fouts ran the 3K in 16:37.

“All of the high school runners not only decreased their times from the meet at Pendleton, but several set new records for themselves, so I’m very pleased about that,” Coach Litteral commented.  “It is hopefully a good indication that we are headed in the right direction.  I’m also happy for Camryn.  He sets high expectations for himself, so it’s good to see him be where he wants to be.  It was also the first time that he’s placed at the Ryle meet.  There is a lot of tough competition in northern Kentucky, so I’m pleased with how the whole team responded.  They need to take these results as motivation to continue to work hard to improve.”

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