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Nick Cook’s harriers at Seymour middle and high schools got off to a stellar start Saturday at their first meet of the season, the Fellows Lake 5000, held on a course at Fellows Lake just north of Springfield.

As a team, the Seymour High School varsity boys’ squad placed seventh in the 11-school field.

Individually, junior Bryson Benson was seventh overall in the varsity race, a field that included 80 runners.

Benson posted a time of 18:29 on the 3.1-mile course and earned a medal for his efforts.

Other Tiger varsity runners who were part of the squad’s seventh-place effort included Felix Cantrell in 42nd place with a time of 21:29, Kenneth Lang in 63rd place at 23:54, Daniel Akers in 67th at 24:12, while Jackson Bull placed 75th at 25:47.

Cook, the program’s head coach, said Lang’s time was a personal record.

In the boys’ junior-varsity race, Samuel Lang recorded a personal-best time of 27:47 and was 27th in the field of 50 runners.

In the girls’ varsity race, Mackenzie Roderick had a personal-best time of 29:01 on the 5K layout and placed 42nd in a field of 78 runners.

Seymour’s middle-school harriers had two solid finishes.

The first came from Elizabeth Lang, who finished the 1.5-mile course in a time of 11:49 to finish fourth in a field of 38 runners.

She earned a medal.

So did fellow middle-schooler Wyatt Cantrell, who was seventh in the 33-runner boys’ race. His time was 11:01 over 1.5 miles.

Cantrell received a medal for his strong finish.

The only other runner for Seymour at the Fellows Lake 5000 was middle-schooler Simon Peters, who posted a time of 14:41 and finished 31st in the boys’ race.

“I felt all the kids had a great opening race to start the seasons, and we had three athletes earn medals, which was outstanding,” Cook said.

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