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Seven Cedar Creek cross country runners recorded PRs as the Lady Cougars finished first Tuesday at the Ouachita Christian Invitational.

Head coach Craig Moss’ ladies finished ahead of rival St. Frederick’s who they will meet again at the state meet at Northwestern State in Natchitoches on Nov. 15.

“I was really proud of the way our team competed,” said Moss. “They ran hard and we had seven ladies PR. It was exciting to see.”

The Lady Cougars finished second, third, fourth, 10th, 11th and 12th in the individual competition at the meet while Caroline James, Madison Morris, Taylor Ramsey, Marley Jinks, Anna Grace Lee, Leah Sutherland, and Mada Kneeland all registered PRs.

On the boys side, the Cougars finished third at the meet.

“Our boys exceeded expectations at this meet,” said Moss. “They ran smart and finished the race the way we have been practicing with negative splits. Our boys ran with heart, determination, and ran intelligently today.”

Nine Cougars recorded PRs at the meet, including Ethan McCarthy (who finished 2nd over), Hayes Bridges, Connor Johnson, Anderson Maxwell, Tate Farrar, Eli Black, Waylon Taylor, Cole Morganthall, and Gabe Garcia.

“That makes a coach proud, but I am more excited about their drive, effort, and perseverance,” said Moss. “They are wonderful young men and deserve the credit.”

Moss said overall he is pleased with where both of his teams are heading into the stretch run.

“Our teams have worked tirelessly this year and what they are accomplishing has been rewarding but what I love is seeing their bond, support, and love for one another,” said Moss. “Their empathy, integrity, and love for others and each other is what makes me proud. Sports will end but what these runners have … well that will last a life time.  It’s an honor to be a part of their life.”

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