TRM cross country holds first meet Thursday, claims first

Published 10:09am Friday, October 19, 2012

In their first home cross country meet, the T.R. Miller boys and girls teams took first place.
The Tigers placed first in the four-team event with 28 points while the Lady Tigers placed first out of four teams with 25 points.
Tate placed second behind T.R. Miller in both the boys and girls meet while Northview took third and East Hill Christian School took fourth in both events.
“For our first race, I thought we did a really good job,” T.R. Miller cross country coach Rob Atkinson said. “We kept it small purposely so we could get all the kinks worked out and everything. I think it went really well and all the coaches were impressed. It is a coach’s course it is not a PR (personal record) course. It is a tougher course with a lot of ups and downs in it. I was really impressed with it and a lot of hard work has gone into it.”
Atkinson said several people were to thank for the efforts of being able to host the first meet.
“Leigh Kelly has done a good job helping us with it,” he said. “Lisa Atkinson has helped us a lot and Serena Terry has helped us. Jerry Morris, Scott Huff, and Alan and Dale Ash also helped us put on this meet and I thank them for that. We have had just great overall help and it has come together really well. We plan to take the next big time step here now and get a bigger race in here next year on a Saturday and a few other small races. We plan to have two small ones during the year and then a big one on a Saturday.”
For T.R. Miller’s boys, Rob Stokes placed first overall and Christian Carlson took third. Carter Frezell placed seventh overall while John West took eighth, Travis Carlson took ninth, Dillon Simmons took 10th, Ryan Snowden placed 15th and Stewart Campbell placed 17th. Nash Diercks placed 18th, Noah Morris placed 19th, Gavin McNeal placed 23rd and Garrett Cave placed 27th.
For the Lady Tigers, Allie Nelson placed first overall followed by Katie Nelson in second and Lindsey Norton placing third.
Shelby Evans placed ninth, Auburn Schoonover came in 10th, Hannah Blair placed 18th and Auburn Jernigan came in 20th.
“Time-wise was not good, but we knew that going into it because this is such a difficult course,” Atkinson said. “It has so many ups and downs in it and it is just a very tough course. Rob (Stokes) ran really well and I really have not had a chance to check all the scores yet, but we all ran hard. That is what you want to see is the kids compete. Today was just a really hard work out in uniform and I was really pleased with our effort.”
T.R. Miller will run again on Nov. 1 at the 3A sectionals in Montgomery.

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