Jackson County freshman J.T. Wood continues to be an impact runner at the varsity level for the Panthers, recording a career-best 19:49 at Saturday’s Eagle Run at East Jackson.
“I was happy with that,” coach Joseph Brubaker said.
Wood finished 45th out of 167 runners, while Jackson County placed 17th out of 24 teams.
Following Wood were Jonathan Mayfield (20:13, 64th), Tyler Ledford (20:25, 77th), Tyler Manculich (21:10, 110th) and Danny Butler (22:03, 133rd).
Brubaker thought times could have been a little faster at Saturday’s meet, but wasn’t complaining with the final tally.
“I had kind of circled this meet, but a lot of these guys, it’s just their third race,” he said.
Brubaker noted that two of his runners from the junior varsity race – Dusty Haralson (21:27) and JayLi Her (22:40) – would have placed in the top seven on the team had they competed in the varsity race.
The coach said he expects a good 10 to 12 man competition for the final roster spots come region meet time in late October.
Brubaker has two specific objectives in mind for the last six weeks of the season.
“Our team goals are to finish in the top half of the region and get five guys around 20 (minutes),” he said.