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Blazers prepare for conference tournament after success in Carrolton

written by: Julia Armistead

Both men’s and women’s Cross Country teams traveled to Carrolton, Georgia, for the UWG Invitational last weekend where the teams did exceedingly well.

Overall, Coach Clinton Bell was impressed with the runner’s performance throughout the entire Invitational, with both teams being neck and neck with West Georgia, along with a Juliana Boehm, senior, winning the entire competition.

“Overall it was a good meet,” said Bell. With both teams being in high spirits about the last race, each player is stocked to compete in the upcoming Gulf South Conference Championship taking place in Hoover, Alabama, this weekend.

“This competition is really what we train for,” said Bell, with the outcome of this event hopefully leading the teams to regional.

Throughout the season, the ladies have experienced a few injuries, setting them back a little bit.

However, Sarah Turner, a junior from Jasper, Georgia, has officially been taken off the injured list, coming back from a stress fracture.

“I’ve just been tip toeing back into running,” said Turner, who is competing for the first time in about a month on Saturday.

With many competitors showing up at the Conference Championship, West Georgia and West Florida are the main challenges for the Blazers.

“We’ve put in a lot of hard work this season,” said Turner. “We should be able to fly right past them.”

Coach Bell has a lot of faith in the Blazers for the upcoming event and believes that each of them is more than capable of winning the competition.

Both teams, as well as Coach Bell are looking forward to the Conference Championship, keeping their heads up throughout the ups and downs of the season, and are hopeful to accomplish their goals of winning the Conference Championship and making it to regional and beyond.

(NOTE: Sarah Turner is the current features editor of the Spectator.)


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