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Central runners qualify for championship meet

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By JANET HAIGLER
For the Progressive Journal

Central’s boys and girls cross-country teams have qualified for the South Carolina State Meet to be held Saturday in Columbia.
In the qualifying race Oct. 28 the girls finished ninth out of 24 teams with a total time of 2:04:27. The boys were in eleventh out of 29 teams. Their total time was 1:36:33.
Ninth grader E.J. Threatt was 14th in a field of 200 runners at 17:31:84.
“We are excited to again be competing at the state meet,” said coach Joel Dale. “That is a goal we have every year and most of our goals for this year are still on the table.
“This summer, as we evaluated everything, Coach Mueller and I talked to the team about the goals. The first and annual goal is to work hard and give great effort and have a great attitude. Our runners are consistently talked to about effort and attitude. We feel that if these are given, then we can reach toward our goals. These are: compete for a region championship, qualify for the state meet and finish in the top ten.”
 “We want to be a top 10 program in the state. After that, our goal is to rise in the rankings each year. Last year’s boys and girl’s teams finished ninth and tenth  respectively.”
Dale said the teams ran well in qualifying for the state meet.
“We had two of our male runners coming off a week of dealing with the flu so that hindered their performance. Some of the girls didn’t run as well as they have, but we’d rather that happen in the qualifier than in the state championship,” he said.
Zykeim Bracey (20:48) and Lizzie Outlaw (24:50) ran personal bests at the qualifying meet.