Manila Cross Country runners on way to state

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Manila High School had nine students compete at the state cross country competition in Harrison on Saturday, Nov. 5.

Coach Tim Bassing and the Manila cross country runners, Kristen Wise, Kyle Joyner, Caleb Reinhart, Nick Stiles, Jessie Flannigan, Tyler Lee-Rice, Devin Burrow and Allison Lambert. (Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)

Making up the Manila boys' team are Caleb Reinhart, Kyle Joyner, Jessie Flannigan, Nick Stiles and Tyler Lee-Rice.

The boys ran as a team and as individual competitors.

It takes five to compete as a team, so the girls competed in the individual category. The Lady Lion Cross Country runners are Kristen Wise, Deven Burrow and Allison Lambert.

The group is coached by Tim Bassing.

"I am excited for the students," Bassing said. "I was not sure of the interest when we started but these young athletes started and have stayed with it. They have all improved on their time. This course they ran for the state is a hard course. We have been running against bigger schools. We are the only school in our district to have the three mile Cross Country runners."

Bassing said there are scholarships available for students who can compete in the cross country races.

Athletic Director Mike Bridges, and Linda Brumley and Scottie Reinhart accompanied the team members.

"The administration and the coaching staff has been very supportive of the cross country running," Bassing said. "I haven't felt like a stepchild. The football program shared their water with us and Coach Taylor allowed us to use the gym when the weather was bad. We appreciate the support. It has helped us get the new event for us started."

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