Osgood Journal Sports
August 4, 2009

SR Raider Alex Young goes great distances to be the best he can be
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 Goodlettsville, Tennessee.

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.