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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Hamann burning through shoes, competition

Lafayette cross-country runner Peyton Hamann has gone through several pairs of shoes this season. How many? She’s not exactly sure, but when you run 50 to 60 miles in a week and you win as many races as she has the past year, it’s hard to keep track.

Hamann, a sophomore on the Lady Commodores, has literally been burning up the cross-country course this fall. She heads into the MHSAA Class 4A state meet Saturday at Choctaw Trails as the highest rated runner in her class. She ran a personal-best time of 15 minutes, 1.50 seconds in the Tupelo Cross Country Invitational, which was over two minutes faster than her best time last year, a season in which she finished 13th overall in the state meet.

Her improvement, according to LHS coach Ben Mikell, revolves around her outstanding talent as well as her success on the track this past spring when she won two state titles. (November 9, 2012, Page 7A)

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