The Podium: Conference Champs And An 8th Grader Make History

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Postseason competition means cross country runners across the nation begin to truly shine.

This week, The Podium features a handful of athletes that made history at their conference championship meets, as well as a young talent ranking among some of the best in Mississippi.

We also took your athlete nominees into consideration, which you can submit to us regularly by texting "podium" to 31032. We will continue to highlight athletes and their diverse accomplishments each Tuesday.

Below, learn more about the stellar honorees on top of The Podium for Oct. 25.

The Podium (Oct. 25):

Kiersten Potter, Lamar (MO): Became the first four-time conference champion in school history with her win at the Big 8 Cross Country Championships on Oct. 18. Her 5k time of 19:02.56 broke the Lamar school record and earned her the individual conference title by 56 seconds.

Andrew Brown, Tupelo (MS): Placed second as an eighth grader competing in a high school field at the Tupelo End of Season State Meet Prep contest on Oct. 22, running 16:05.90 in his first-ever 5k. Brown now ranks second all-time at the distance for eighth graders in Mississippi history.

Lauren Wimberly, Pinecrest (NC): Became the back-to-back individual champion at the SAC Conference Championships on Oct.18 with her winning 5k time of 19:33.53. That gave Pinecrest its 11th-straight girls individual conference title and helped the program to its 30th-consecutive girls team conference title.

Emmett Gerres, Belle Plaine (MN): Earned his eighth-straight win of the season at the Minnesota River Conference Championships on Oct. 18, clocking a new 5k personal best of 15:07.30 and winning by over a minute. That marks makes Gerres the second-fastest 5k racer in the state this fall and No. 15 all-time in Minnesota history.


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