PCHS Cross Country needs community’s help By Brandon Bush

Putnam County High School’s Cross Country team is reaching out to the community help them prepare for the season. The team is holding a “run-a-thon” fundraiser on Aug. 26 from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. at the track at Putnam County Middle School. The main goal of the run-a-thon is to acquire enough funds to help the team with things they will need for the season, such as equipment and accommodations for overnight trips. “Cross country is not a revenue sport,” cross country coach Andrew Grodecki said. “So we have to find other means of funding, and donations help us greatly.” During the run-a-thon, each student will be pledged a certain amount of money for every lap they can run in the span of an hour, with a maximum of 30 laps. Alternatively, those wishing to support the team can make a straight donation rather than pledge to a runner. Now in his second year coaching the War Eagles’ cross country team, Grodecki brought years of experience to the team, which has helped them grow. Coming from an extensive background in cross country and track and field, Grodecki treats the job with more passion than most. “Usually the cross country coach is thrown into the job,” Grodecki said. “But not me; I love what I do and want to do it the best I can.” According to Grodecki, the team has been practicing harder for this coming season, running more miles in practice than the previous year; and, he has noticed his runners were “growing more as a team.” “We set higher expectations for ourselves this year, and we know what is expected of us this season,” Grodecki said. “If we continue to push ourselves to get better, we are going to have a good year this year.” The team’s first match will take place on Aug. 31 at the Georgia Military College Prep Cross Country Small School Showcase, which will be held at the GMC practice football field in Milledgeville. Boys varsity begins at 5:30 p.m. while girls varsity will begin at 6:00 p.m. For more information on PCHS’s run-a-thon or the cross country team, Coach Grodecki can be reached at andrew_grodecki@putnam.k12.ga.us.

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