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Crank, Tuttle win XC awards

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The Carroll County cross country team honored two runners with team awards at its banquet Nov. 13. The Boys Panther Pride award was given to freshman Austin Crank for his dedication and commitment to the team throughout the season. Austin started out the season before school started thinking he was going to be running as part of the middle school/JV team, but ended up enrolled in the high school as a freshman and contributed as our number two runner throughout most of the season, head coach Joe Creager said. During Austin Crowell’s 10-day absence, Crank stepped up to be a leader on the team and took charge at practices and meets. Crank performed well throughout the season, but set very high standards for himself and will be an award-winning athlete for Carroll County High School, Creager said.

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The Girls Panther Pride award was given to Clara Tuttle for showing what it means to be a Panther runner. Even though Clara is only a 5th grader, she is the most seasoned member of the Carroll County team with three full seasons under her belt, Creager said. She went above and beyond this season, running in the JV races against high school competition and pushing herself above her level. In the future she will continue to be an award-winning member of the program, he said. Clara finished in the top 50 in the Meet of Champions in Lexington in October, earning herself a medal in the process.