Panthers finish second in region meet, qualify for state


Katie Linkner

Senior Nick Nyman runs to the finish line. Nyman finished first in the boys’ varsity race. The Panthers finished in second place in varsity competition.

Ty Odom, Staff Writer

The Starr’s Mill cross country team continued their season at the region 3-AAAAA meet on Oct. 20 at Heritage Christian Church in Fayetteville. Both the boys’ and girls’ team finished second overall, qualifying for state in the process.

“It was a good competition between us and the other schools, especially McIntosh,” coach Kelly Rock said. “It gives us an accurate reflection of what we will be running against [at state].”

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Sophomore Darby Olive makes her way through the last stretch of the girls’ varsity race. Olive finished seventh overall. The Lady Panthers finished behind region champion McIntosh.

Girls’ results

The girls’ team finished second overall, with only McIntosh placing ahead of them. The team faced adversity, as heavy rain started to fall midway through the race. However, three runners managed to finish in the top ten.

Sophomore Darby Olive – 20:06, 7th place overall

Sophomore Allie Walker – 20:32, 9th place overall

Senior Zemmie Steger – 20:41, 10th place overall

“This race gets your mind prepared for state,” Olive said. “I just tell myself to try to get closer to the end.”

Boys’ results

The boys’ team also finished second overall, narrowly missing first place, as they lost a tiebreaker to McIntosh. Although they did not finish first overall, four boys finished in the top ten. This included senior Nick Nyman, who took a fall at the beginning of the race, but recovered and finished in first place.

Senior Nick Nyman – 15:53, 1st place overall

Senior Ty Duben – 16:23, 3rd place overall

Senior Rhett Perry – 16:45, 6th place overall

Senior Harrison Fultz – 16:49, 8th place overall

“Things like [falling] happen in a race,” Nyman said. “The adrenaline rush helps a lot to recover.”

The Panthers will finish their season on Nov. 2 at the state meet in Carrollton.