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TFS sophomore competes in elite cross country meet
For the first time since Alex Hubbard represented the Tribe in 2002, Tallulah Falls School sent a cross country runner to the Foot Locker South Region cross country race.
After a stellar season, finishing fifth in the GHSA A-Private meet, TFS sophomore Evan Prince of Demorest placed 142nd of 403 harriers in the championship boys division of the race, held at McAlpine Park in Charlotte, NC on Nov. 30.
Prince overcame adversity after losing his shoe in the race, and ran his most strategic race of the year to make up for lost time, according to Athletic Director Scott Neal.
“Around the 1k mark, he had to stop and put on his shoe with the timing chip because it had been clipped off by another runner,” Neal said. “Prince did not let this ruin his race, and combined poise with patient competitiveness to move up 67 spots from the place he held at the one-mile mark, 209th.”
Describing the shoe incident that cost many valuable seconds and even more places, Prince said, “Time went by really slowly and people went by really fast!”
His time ranked him 193rd of 1623 high school entrants among all races, placing him in the top 12 percent of all runners. He also beat other runners who had defeated him earlier this season.
“The goal of running in the championship division instead of the sophomore race was to have a memorable, usable learning experience that would carry over to future racing,” Neal said.