High School Sports

Class 2A All-Area Boys Cross Country

Player of the year: James Flake

School: Pelion

Year: Senior

What he did: Was the Midlands' top finisher at the state meet, placing 24th in 17 minutes, 51.28 seconds.

What was your biggest accomplishment this season? My biggest accomplishment was to run in the 17:00s my first year running cross country and to prove that I was good at something I love.

What was the biggest challenge you faced? To prove to my doubters that I can do something and be good at it.

How do you keep yourself motivated? I think about my friends and family, and what my coach always says is "to never give up and to give it your all."

Who inspires you the most? My coach, my friends and Mom and Dad.

Why do you love cross country? Because running is such a challenge, and I love the way it feels when I run a good race and accomplish my goal.

What is the best gift you have given someone this year? My promise to my coach, my Mom and Dad that I would give it my all.

What is the best advice you have gotten? To give it my all and to never give up no matter how hard the challenge is.

Where do you see yourself in 2020? I don't know yet, but hopefully with a happy family and a good job and still running.

What do you like to do in your free time? I hang out with my friends, going to the movies, playing and listening to music, and running.

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THE TEAM

Brandon James, Batesburg-Leesville | Finished 29th in state (18:04)

Trevor Black, Gilbert | Finished 30th in state (18:08)

Craig Bennett, Pelion | Finished 38th in state (18:17)

Jake Walker, Pelion | Finished 44th in the state (18:21)

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