Mohawk Cross Country Team at State

Thursday, November 14, 2013
McPhearson (left) and Austin in action at the state meet.(photo courtesy Frank Staples)

Mohawk distance runners Lee Austin and Brady McPhearson made a good showing at the state cross country meet in Hot Springs this past weekend. According to Coach Frank Staples, the meet featured perfect weather and a great course which was contained mostly within the infield of Oaklawn Park.

"Both of our Mohawks had a goal of setting new personal records in the 5K, and they did just that," Staples noted.

Austin ran a 20:19 and came in 47th out of 119 runners in the field, while McPhearson ran a 22:30 and came in 91st overall. Austin had also been trying to break the 20 minute mark for the 3.1 mile distance, and only missed the goal by some 19 seconds.

"He did, however, shave 26 seconds off his previous best time and that is a huge improvement," Staples added. "The men ran strong and gave it everything they had--collapsing, unable to stand after crossing the finish line. One of my favorite sayings to my cross country runners is, 'a real runner knows if he can still stand at the end of a race, he had more to give' and Lee and Brady both gave their maximum effort Saturday-they represented the Piggott Mohawks very well."

Staples also added he'll be anxious to see what the Mohawk distance runners will do during the upcoming track season in the spring.

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