Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year: Logan Morris

Logan Morris has developed an amazing resume during the course of her cross country career at Spartanburg Christian Academy.
 She has won four SCISA 2A team and individual state championships, as well as three Spartanburg County titles in a row. She also broke her own county record this past season with a time of 18:25.55.
 While many would think Morris is winding toward the end of her high school running days, it’s actually quite the opposite. She still has three years to go.
 Morris’ dominating style also has helped her earn her third straight Herald-Journal/GoUpstate Preps Girls Runner of the Year award. The freshman has not come in second to an in-state runner in two years and helped the Warriors earn an eighth straight state championship this season.
 Morris said the accolades do not come easy and she plans on staying on top of her game.
“I’ll have to continue to work hard and stay healthy,” she said. “I’d have to say that it would be nice to keep winning (this award). Every year I feel like I’ve improved. This year was good, but last year was a big step up.”
SCA coach Steve Conway said Morris does everything necessary to be a champion runner.
“Logan constantly amazes me,” he said. “She amazed me at her first practice so many years ago, and she amazed me at her last race when she ran 18:05 at Foot Locker and was named to the All-South team. Her maturity, her focus, her drive and her work ethic are all off the chart, especially considering that she’s only 14.”
In addition to the Footlocker, Morris also has participated in the Adidas race. She said the postseason races help her continue to push herself as she prepares for track season this spring.
“I got to face some great competition,” Morris said. “It definitely helps to get me better.”
Morris said her individual honors do not match what her team has accomplished. The state titles and win at last year’s county meet rank at the top. The Warriors were runners-up in the county this year, and Morris is hopeful SCA can continue as contenders.
“That’s amazing for our team,” she said. “We come from such a small school. We had a lot of injuries and worked hard and did our best. Hopefully we can come back next year and go for the win.”

by Kevin Melton @ SHJ