Jenkins County senior chases cross country title

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Millen, Georgia--When Jenkins County cross country runner Mark Brannen left last year's state meet, he did so with a second place finish. Brannen was 30 second behind the winner. From then on, he knew he wanted to win and has been focusing on that for the past 12 months.

To that end, he really cranked up his workout routine to be the elite runner he is. With the state meet set for Carrollton and hilly terrain, brannen would travel to Augusta and use Blachard Woods course during the summer. He was more the willing to make the committment to be the best in the state.

"So I put in about 40 miles a week this summer, I got up to 50 one week, and that's a lot" said Mark Brannen "Ran up in Augusta a few times to get a more hill workout, it'll be closer to Carrollton Carrollton has a lot of hills."

"This year he's had a lot of desire to come in first this year." said coach Bobby James "That really motivated him, motivated the team, everyone sees that we were so close but yet you could say so far away but this year you could say it's getting a lot closer"

As a team, the War Eagles could also bring home the title seeing they too were second a year ago. Brannen's work ethic has worn off on the other kids and their desire to win is as high as ever.

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