The third time was the charm for Hernando High School’s Girls Cross Country Track Team to cinch an MHSAA 6A Cross Country State Championship.
“Last year, we were #2 by one point to Pearl High School,” said HHS Cross Country Coach Logan Clark. “This year, we were set to overcome that hurdle and achieve something that has not been done before for our school. I am so proud of this group.”
Twenty-two high school teams competed this year for the 6A championship slot, Clark noted. HHS’ winning time was an average of 21:04 on the 5K run.
“These girls are state champions because of the hard work and dedication they put into their preseason, regular season, and the last few weeks before the state meet,” Clark said. “They are tough mentally and physically.”
Preparation for the state competition started last summer. The girls ran hundreds of miles this season.
“The Hernando Cross Country program is a winner because we all hold each other accountable. We all run together, and when you have that type of accountability across the board between coaches and athletes, everyone wants to get better,” Clark said.
This is Coach Clark’s third year to work with the Cross Country program.
“We finished #4 my first year and #2 last year,” Clark said. “Last year, Laura Brady joined us as the Assistant Coach, and she has been a great resource for the program.”