Kemper County runners take part in first meet


The first-year Kemper County High School cross-country teams was only able to compete in one meet in it’s inaugural season, that coming at Northeast Lauderdale on Oct. 1. 

The KCHS runners were led by Javon Gibbs who finished 39th in the race with a time of 22:41. Next were Destiny Boyd and Erryana Brown who finished just two seconds apart at 31:51 and 31:53. Next would be Jashunti Burrage who finished with a time of 32:52. Toddrick Rush finished with a time of 33:46 , while Alex Roberts and Rickey Little crossed the finish line together as Roberts finished at 35:14 and Little at 35:15. Jacorey Roberts finished at 35:16. 

Coach Betty Casey was in charge of the Wildcats runners for the inaugural season and is already ready for next year. 

"The first official meet for KCHS went wonderful, Casey said. “The runners learned so much." The Wildcats did not qualify for any division meets, however the Wildcats will be able to participate in a division next season. "We had so much interest," Casey stated, " So many kids have asked to run next year." 

With numbers increasing, KCHS will have a chance to be highly competitive next year. However, Casey really focused on this year's runners. 

"They took the new sport with grace," she said, "It was a great environment and a great atmosphere." Casey once again would express her excitement for the next year and what is to come of the sport. "We are ready to get back into it next year," she said, "This sport is not going away in Kemper County." 

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