Panther runners shine at elite event


Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy

Several Southside cross country runners turned in impressive performances at the Southern Showcase last Saturday (Sept. 18) in Huntsville.
In the Championship division, Jackson Griggs (pictured above) posted a PR and broke the school 5K record with a time of 16:01. The record was previously held by Hunter Nails and Taylor Nails, both of whom went on to run for UAH.
Luke Holcombe finished runner-up in the Blue Division with a time of a 16:15, while freshmen Taylor Dortch finished 13th in the Crimson Division at 22.13. In addition, Alexis Valentine ran a 21:15 PR.
The Southern Showcase has qualifying standards for the event’s top three divisions, with teams from across the Southeast competing.

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