Raider Alex Young goes great distances to be the best he can
Gary Franklin, Sports Writer
South Ripley High School student Alex Young enjoys
the sport of running cross country, literally. Even on a recent
family summer vacation before school reopens, young Young
found himself entered in the 12th Annual 4 mile Classic in
Where guts and determination along with a stick-to-it attitude
go a long way in one's success, Young has proven to have all
those ingredients in his character over the years.
During the summer break from high school running sports, Young
has participated in four of the five area school sponsored
5K races, and plans to participate this Saturday, August 7,
in the summer's season finale, the Bulldog Chase, at Batesville.
As summer progressed, Young has participated in the running
of 8 5K's, a 10K and most recently the 12th Annual Classic
4 mile run at Moss-Wright Park in Goodlettsville, Tennessee.
Young's accumulated total miles of off season running over
the summer has passed the 234 mile mark.
With the stepping down of SR Raider XC Coach Sam Durham at
the end of last season, the torch was passed to Jim Cole,
who has taken over in the leadership role for the Raiders
team in 2009.
As many area XC coaches have done in the past and continue
to do, Coach Cole himself participates on a regular basis
in the running of 5K events.
If other SR XC runners have put forth the efforts of Young
and Coach Cole over the summer, the Raiders should continue
to be a running force to be reckoned with whereever the meet
is scheduled for competition.
This year's annual Rushville 5K Cross Country competition
is set for Saturday, Ausust 19 at RHS.