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Kelly Conway wins her first race back

September 8, 2007

Dickey, GA -- Deerfield-Windsor and Randolph Southern teamed up to host a 14-team cross country meet out in Calhoun County Saturday morning.

Lady Knights sophomore Kelly Conway ran in her first event of the season, after missing the first two with a groin injury.

The time-off had no ill-effects on the three-time state champion, as she crossed the finish line well ahead of the pack. Conway winning in a time of 21:17, breaking the course record by 29-seconds.

Making the feat even more impressive is the fact Conway ran the race with one shoe untied.

"It came undone about the first mile and a half," said Conway with a laugh, "and I really didn't want to bend down and tie it."

The Deerfield sophomore says those three state titles have other runners gunning for her on the course.

"It definitely put a target on my back," says Conway. "I have to work harder to defend them, because people want to beat me, I guess. I just have to work a little harder. It felt good to be back out there. I don't think I'm in that great of shape yet, but I'm getting there."

The Lady Knights finish third overall, with Mount De Sales winning the team title.

Jacob Parnell of Westfield crosses the line first in the boys event, finishing in 19:02.

Mount de Sales completed the sweep, winning the boys division as well.

Southland Academy is holding its cross country meet next Saturday.  

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