The Franklin County cross country team, youthful and determined, are putting their best feet forward as the season gets underway.
Last Saturday, at Dueling Summits 2021 at Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park in Tallahassee, coach Kati-Morgan Hathcock brought eight runners to compete at the event, hosted by the Maclay School.
All their times but one were season’s bests, since for most of the runners it was their first meet.
In the 3,000-meter run, seventh grader Addyson Paul ran a 14:31.10 to finish 15th in the middle of middle school girls. Sixth grader Isabella Polous ran a 16:09.30 to finish 26th, while sixth grader Baileigh Dasher ran a 20:06.70 for a 62nd place finish.
In the 5,000-meter run, junior Alondra Jimenez’s time of 42:59.40 placed her at 114th among the varsity runners.
Among the middle school boys, who competed in the 3000-meter run, seventh grader Trenton Teat ran a 15:10.70, good for 67th in the field.
In the varsity level’s 5,000-meter run, freshman Josiah Friddle ran a 20:47.60 to finish 36th.
Senior Jamal Robinson posted a time of 23:27.10 to finish 93rd, while freshman Dexton Teat ran a 27:09.70 to finish 151st.
A week earlier, at the same park, four Seahawk runners took part in the Miller Landing Madness, the traditional start of the middle and high school fall cross-country season.
Friddle, 14, posted a season’s best time of 19:44, finishing in fourth place, which was topped by 21-year-old Brock Granberg, followed by two 17-year-olds, David Morrison and Landon Watts.
Among the females, Jimenez, 15, posted a time of 22:57 to finish 34th.
In the 3,000-meter race, Paul, 12, ran a 13:52 time to finish 16th.