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Many say 'Yes' to question:
Can You Cross Country?

The Getaway Girls walked in memory of Arlen Harris.
Click here for many more photos from the event!

From the August 11, 2021 issue
of The Journal

   Last Friday the Marion County Middle-High School Cross Country teams asked the community, "Can You Cross Country?" and they responded with a big "Yes!"
   After missing last year due to the Covid Pandemic, this year's annual 5K & Fun Run fundraiser returned and had a great turnout, as many area residents answered the challenge.
   "We were in desperate need of funds to help the teams with what they need for this season, especially after not being able to host last year's fundraiser," said Head Coach Michelle Harris. "We are so thankful for everyone who came out and ran or walked or just bought some food. We also want to say thanks to the sponsors – Peoples Bank, Armageddon Gear, Partners Propane, A&R BBQ, Murray Landscaping, Eagle's Nest, Hometown Business Services, Eagle Foods, Ameris Bank, The Journal, Global Graphics, Farm Bureau, Goot Pride Auto Service, Goot Gas & Go, The Dime Store, J&L Pizzeria, Moon Rogers Motor Company, Becky's Drugstore, Phoenix Fitness, Wells & Welch, Premium Coating

Solutions, and Sontay Cleaning. Thanks to you all, we are looking forward to a fabulous season. Of course, we could not have put it together without our Booster Club members, so we definitely want to thank them."
   The event started with the One-Mile Fun Run, which was challenging in its own right due to the hills. Around 30 people participated, with ages ranging from very young to not so young. One highlight was members of the "Getaway Girls/Bridge Club" walking in memory of their late friend, Arlen Harris, who had a close connection to the MCMHS Cross Country program.
   The top three boys and girls received medals in the Fun Run. They were:
   * Boys: 1st Place Jason Vicente; 2nd Place Randy Vicente; and 3rd Place Lane Horn.
   * Girls: 1st Place Julia Grace Singleton; 2nd Place Layla Price; and 3rd Place Ellie Howard.
   Next came the 5K race on the very difficult cross country course. Approximately 60 runners/walkers tackled this challenge.
   The Overall Male Winner was Justin Augustine (22:03), while the Overall Female Winner was Megan Maurer (24:52). They each received trophies for their outstanding performances.
   Medals were also awarded to the top three finishers of each age division for the 5K. They were:
   * 19 & Under Females: 1st Place Summer Starr (25:36); 2nd Place Emilyn Sizemore (29:38); 3rd Place Alexis King (33:04).
   * 19 & Under Males: 1st Place Will Penoncello (23:37); 2nd Place Liam Aiken (23:45); 3rd Place Easton Sizemore (25:00).
   * 20 – 29 Female: 1st Place Callie Jones (26:15); 2nd Place Detricia Gay (55:05); 3rd Place Tiffany Rowe.
   * 20 - 29 Male: 1st Place Drew Harris (24:41); 2nd Place Jaime Meredith (34:31).
   * 30 - 39 Female: 1st Place Caitlin Rowe (31:08); 2nd Place Clare Aiken (32:26); 3rd Place Tracy Hagan (35:48).
   * 30 – 39 Male: 1st Place Jonathan Murray (22:19); 2nd Place Brandon Robinson (34:38); 3rd Place Bobby Sizemore (43:36).
   * 40 – 49 Female: 1st Place Odilia Sontay (35:36); 2nd Place Maria Singleton (36:36); 3rd Place Bethany Howard (45:26).
   * 40 – 49 Male: 1st Place Steven Taylor (22:35); 2nd Place Jerry Akin (23:57); 3rd Place Jamie Penoncello (26:19).
   * 50 – 59 Female: 1st Place Beth Pitts (29:36); 2nd Place Brenda Reise (37:26); 3rd Place Diane Russell (54:23).
   * 50 – 59 Male: 1st Place Nathan Bickle (24:46); 2nd Place Richard Harris (25:02); 3rd Place Wynn Pitts (29:34).
   * Masters Female: 1st Place Lynn McAllister (44:37).
   * Masters Male: Paul Davis (46:25).
   A large online photo gallery of the event is available at, thanks to Malinda Bair.