Perseverance pays off for Knights XC team


Knights wrap up their season, coaches look ahead

PRUNYTOWN—The local Taylor County Middle School  (TCMS) just concluded a remarkably successful cross-country season.

Coaches Karey Maier and Autumn Young recently discussed the current season and their prospects going forward next year.

“Perseverance” was the word most often thrown around by the coaches as they reflected on the season.

“Even though it wasn’t the season we had hoped for our runners persevered. They showed grace being able to adapt to the ever-changing season that this year’s Covid pandemic brought” stated coach Young.

“Our team was a blend of all grades. Even though we will miss our eighth graders, our sixth and seventh graders showed a lot of growth throughout the season. We are excited to see next year’s growth and speed with our current and future runners.”  Coach Maier quipped.

One runner really caught the coaches attention this year and that was speedster Colson Annon.

He ran last year as a JV team member from the sixth grade but made vast improvements during the off-season and now entering as a seventh grader he earned his spot on the TCMS roster. “He put a lot of work in during the off season, and his effort and work showed during our season” said Autumn.

Both coaches look forward to next season and would like to encourage their team to run more during the off season so they can be ready to hit the ground running next year. “It is always a struggle for our runners to continue running in the off season. We would like to challenge all our current and future runners to run a couple miles at least twice a week” Coach Maier added.

The Mountain Statesman newspaper staff would like to congratulate the TCMS XC team on a successful season, and we look forward to seeing even more successes in the future.

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