The Carrollton High School boys' cross country team competed in the Class AAAAA portion of the GHSA Cross Country Championships on its home course on an overcast Friday morning.
The Trojans placed 14th out of 32 teams in the 5K event, putting together a total time of 1:33:12.96 and an average time of 18:38.60.
Carrollton was led by the individual performances of sophomore Collin Jones and senior Josh Beam. Jones finished 14th out of 213 runners with a time of 17:38.04. He was followed immediately by Beam, who came in 15th at 17:39.55.
"Our younger guys kind of ran like they were excited, and sometimes when you're excited to kind of let adrenaline take you. But as we moved on through the meet, I saw them fall back and run the way they were coached to run," first-year Carrollton head coach Ronnie Glanton said. "But overall, the kids ran great. I thought they put together a good race. They fought to the end like I knew they would do."
Glanton also took time to reflect on his first season at the helm of the Carrollton team.
"It's a learning experience for, I think, all of us. But for me, it was more so that when I took the job, I said that this is what I'm going to put my time and effort into, and I did that," Glanton said. "Our kids put their time and effort in, and bought into what I was selling. [Friday's] meet's over, and I already have kids saying, 'Coach, when are we going to start back?'"
Glanton's reply to that question was simple — the Trojans will take two weeks off and then beginning training for next season.
"We're going to be a year-round program," Glanton said. "That's what we're going to do."