The Podium: Track Debuts, Comeback From Injury & New PRs

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Exciting postseason action continued this weekend on the cross country course around the nation.

Several athletes put together eye-catching performances to earn spots on The Podium for this week.

Some athletes made their first appearances on the track of the fall -- and of their young high school careers. Others continued to set new cross country PRs on some of the biggest stages in their respective states and regions, including one who has come back from devastating injury to find great late-season success.

Continue below to read more about the accomplishments from this week's featured athletes on The Podium.

The Podium (Nov. 22):

Kasey Dingman, Lake Norman (NC): In her first-ever high school track 3,200m, Dingman clocked 10:58.11 to take 14th overall at the New Balance Dash for Doobie on Nov. 19. She was the top finisher among freshmen at the meet.

Cody Kelley, Manitou Springs (CO): For the first time of his career, Kelley ran a sub-16-minute 5k to win the small school race at Team Southwest Regionals on Nov. 19. 15:47.9 bested his previous personal best by nearly 14 seconds.

Adeline Johnson, Branson (CA): Only about two months removed from a wakeboarding accident that left her with a broken hip in two places, Johnson took first at the CIF North Coast Division 5 Sectional Championships in 17:58.48 for three miles. In the two races she's contested since recovering from the accident, she has won both of them.

Lathan Lewter, Canyon (TX): Lewter took home the win in the rising stars field at the Team South Regional on Nov. 19, clocking 15:42.0 secure the win. That made for the sophomore's third time this season that he's gone under 16 minutes in the 5k.


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