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September 4, 2013

LHS cross country starts strong

VALDOSTA — On Aug. 24, the Lowndes Viking Cross Country Teams traveled to Perry, Ga. to attend the 4th Mid-State Invitational hosted by Perry High School and Warner Robbins High School.

Both the boys and the girls teams opened up their respective seasons with impressive finishes. The girls placed first and the boys earned second place in a very competitive field of 13 middle Georgia schools.

The Mid-State Invitational marked the first meet for new Vikings cross country coach Matha Mazurkiewicz.

Mazurkiewicz formerly coached cross country at St. Johns Catholic School. She also coached ran cross country when she attended the school.

“Coming on as the new coach this year, I see a lot of promise in [this team],” said Mazurkiewicz. “They had runner graduate last year that were top runners, and even though we miss them, our seniors this year are getting together, working hard, putting the work in, and they’re really picking up the slack and getting the job done.”

 The girls were able to finish in first in first with 38 points thanks to a balanced team effort.

The top 5 runners placing 3rd, 6th, 7th, 8th, and 14th. Senior Jackie Pinkerton (3rd) ran the 5k in 20:48, Ashley Powell (6th) 21:39, Alison Petersle  (7th) 21:43:12 McKenzie Morse (8th) 21:43:94, and Josie Mazurkiewicz (14th) 23:32.

The boy’s team placed 2nd with a total of 66 points. The boys points were a bit more spread out with senior Jadon Long running in for 1st place with a time of 17:07, followed by Chance Roe (7th) 18:07, Tyler Thurman (13th) 19:03, James McLemore (19th) 19:21, and Nathan Crews (26th) 19:43.

Mazurkiewicz believes that this hot start isn’t a coincidence, she thinks the Vikings have a really solid cross county team once again this season.

“I see this team placing Top 5 in state in November,” Mazurkiewicz said.

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