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Jones County runners show improvement at Hampton

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Doster is fifth to lead Lady Hounds

Laney Doster finished fifth to lead the JCHS girls.


Jones County’s runners showed progress in their second meet of the season, even if their finishing places weren’t as high, coach Geoff Moore said.

“All of our kids ran better this week and had faster times,” he said of his runners in the Saucony Battle of Atlanta at the Nash Farms Battlefield in Hampton this past Saturday.

“It was a really tough field with some great teams and really good runners from three states.”

Sophomore Laney Doster placed fifth in the girls’ 5K with a time of 19:38.90 to lead the Lady Hounds to a ninth-place finish in the field of 30 teams.

Sophomore Madisen Mitchum placed 33rd at 21:48.54, junior Lu Woolfolk was 83rd at 23:28.60, and sophomore Haley Smith was 96th at 23.55.53.

Senior Erin Leonard, Jones County’s two-time state champion, did not compete as she continues to recuperate from an ankle sprain suffered in preseason workouts.

“She’s still hobbling a little, but I believe we’ll be looking good for making a run at a region title when she gets back with the way the younger girls are improving,” Moore said.

Marietta took the girls’ team title, and Jones County Region 4-5A foe Union Grove was fourth.

Sophomore Presley Miles of Saint James High was the individual winner with a time of 18:25.15.

The Jones County boys placed 21st out of 38 teams. Brookwood took the team title, and Mary Persons sophomore Justin Wachtel was the individual winner with a time of 15:50.42.

Senior Eli Boland led the Greyhounds with a time of 18:21.06 to finish 58th. Junior Daniel Hicks was 95th at 18:59.27, sophomore Drew England was 131st at 19:46.17 and sophomore Bailey Taylor was 135th at 19:48.17 to give Jones County four runners breaking 20 minutes on the tough 5K course.

Jones County is scheduled to run in the AT&T Starr’s Mill Panther Invitational in Fayetteville this Saturday at 8 a.m.