Tigers’ Potts leads area contingent at state cross country

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Hunter Potts.

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Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 07:20 PM.

GRACEVILLE — Hunter Potts wants to record a personal-best time in Saturday’s Class 1A state cross country meet. If he does, he could walk away with a championship.

The Graceville senior is poised for his final opportunity at a title. This is the second straight year he has qualified for state, finishing 37th in a time of 17 minutes, 28 seconds as a junior. He’s since improved, not only on the course but in the training room and is considered one of the favorites entering this weekend’s meet at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee.

Potts is among three individuals and two teams, Arnold and Wewahitchka, in events in Class 1A, 2A and 3A. All meets will be held at the same park starting with the 2A girls race at 8 a.m.

Potts has reshaped his body and shaved time off his runs, so much so that he blistered the District 1-1A field in 15:29. It was a personal-best for Potts and the effort would have won state in 2011. Potts placed second at the regional meet in 16:14 in a finish where he didn’t need to extend himself too hard to advance.

Potts said the record district run came after a string of injuries, including shin splints, knee and lower back ailments.

“That was coming back from all those injuries, finally got back into feeling pretty good,” Potts said. “I wasn’t sore that day, I made sure I’d be ready to race.”

Potts felt steady throughout the district march, which would have won state by 10 seconds last year.

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