Luther Cross Country Runs at State Meet

Each Team Member Runs Personal Best

The last time Luther’s Cross Country Team ran in the State Meet was 2009. Back then, the five-members of the team who represented their high school today on the big Cross Country stage were just young boys. On Saturday, the senior, three sophomores and one freshman ran with the state’s very best in their sport at the 3A level.

Luther CC Coach Stan Higdon
Reviewing the scores at Luther’s first Cross Country appearance at State since 2009.

“This was awesome. I’m proud of you all and I love ya,” Coach Stan Higdon told the team after the race. The Lions came in an overall 12th for their visit to State in almost a decade. They were right in the middle of the pack among 21 teams. Marietta High School finished first and had four runners in the Top Ten.

With clipboard and stopwatch in hand, Coach Higdon, in his 14th year in Luther, cheered on his boys throughout the course. A small group of family and friends of the team also tracked and cheered them on in the culmination of a successful season.

Luther Lions Cross Country at State
3A State Run
Luther Lions Jay Cross
Jay Cross is about one mile in during his State run, Luther Cross Country.
Luther Cross Country.
Wil Mohr finished second for his team at State.
Luther Lions Carson Easley
The Luther freshman represented the LIONS at 3A Cross Country State.

Luther Lions Cross Country Casio
Chris Casio

The state course in Shawnee began with a slight incline, and included plenty of mud, puddles, turns, dirt, trails, some pavement and a grassy stretch to the finish line under bright sunshine and a large cheering crowd. One by one, each white Luther jersey team member blew through that finish line, each runner with a personal best.

It was the culmination of an outstanding season for Senior Jay Cross, and a goal met to make it to State.

The Fab Five, Luthers Cross Cou

After the team caught its breath and waited on final results, the five took pictures and pledged to return next year, stronger and maybe taller for some of them. And Senior Jay Cross is making plans to have a great final season of track this spring under Coach Higdon’s leadership.

Then they went off to eat, naturally, at the closest all-you-can-eat buffet.

It was a great day to be a Luther Lion.


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