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Two Trojans compete; Tenney sets record

Two Lamar County Trojan runners traveled to Charlotte, N.C., to take part in the Foot Locker South Regional Championships. Sydney Tenney leaves Lamar County as the most decorated distance runner in school history while Frank Spafford will return next year as the Trojans’ top runner. Runners from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands gathered at McAlpine Park to run the most competitive race the South has to offer. Frank Spafford, a sophomore, ran first in the sophomore boy’s race in a field of 280 runners. Spafford ran his best race of the season by nearly 40 seconds. He finished in 127th place in a time of 18:27. Senior Sydney Tenney, running in her third Foot Locker South Regional, ended her career by shattering her own personal and school record of 20:02 (set in Charlotte, in 2012). For the second time in her career, Tenney garnered All-South Region honors (2012) by completing the course in a blazing 19:49, making her a Georgia Elite for the third time in her career. She missed National Elite status by a mere four seconds for 29th place in the senior girl’s race. Tenney, Spafford, and the rest of the cross country Trojans will be honored with a banquet at the high school Thursday, Dec. 18.

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