Benson sets school record in CC, leading team to victory

Only a few days after competing at the state swim meet, senior Katie Benson reminded everyone that she happens to be a pretty good runner as well. Competing in her first cross-country meet of the season Benson torched the competition on a hot day at Sugar Hollow Park in Bristol, VA. Benson’s time of 19:44 on the 3 mile course was almost 5 minutes faster than the second place finisher and established a new Graham Girls Cross Country Record! Wow! Can’t wait to see what she does the rest of the season! 


Sophomore Lauren Pearce turned in her second straight top ten performance, taking 7th in 27:19. Pushing Pearce the entire race was Junior Lydia Hill 8th with a 27:21. Also breaking into the top ten was Rebecca Smith (10th) with a time of 28:59 followed closely by sophomore Rachel White (11th) posting a 29:16. 


Junior Carter Nipper led the boy’s team with another strong performance placing 6th with a 20:14 in the heat. Freshman Michael Guzy continues to improve with a 22:16 finishing just outside of the top ten at 11th. Sophomore Bryce Havens used a mid-race surge to leave a trio of Richlands runners in his dust as he cruised in unchallenged at 16th with a 23:25. Recovering from an injury, Freshman Noah Lester put on a gutsy performance as he covered the hot & hilly 3-mile course in 32:56 placing 29th

Next up for the G-Men is another District Competition at Hungry Mother Park in Marion on March 17th and/or March 20th