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Cross Country announces the signing of six runners

MISENHEIMER, N.C. – The Pfeiffer cross country team is excited to welcome six new runners to campus this year. After moving up this past season in the Conference Carolinas and NCAA regional standings and winning the Hagan-Stone Classic, the men return seven runners from last year’s team, including freshmen standouts Brandon Garren, Henry Furman and Nathan Jarman.
Joshua Wilhoit from Asheboro, N.C. joins Pfeiffer as an all-county and all-conference runner at Southwestern Randolph high school for four years, and team MVP as a freshman. His senior year, he was the conference runner-up in the 1600-meter and 3200-meter competitions.  Joshua was also involved in Beta club, FCA and HOSA, along with a number of service clubs.
Incoming freshman Caleb Sanders was a multisport athlete at Midway high school playing nine sports including football, soccer, baseball, swimming, golf, cross country and track. Qualifying for states all four years, he was also all-region his junior and senior years, finishing as a runner-up in the region as a junior. He helped lead Midway to the state meet his junior and senior years, the first times in school history.
Also joining Pfeiffer is Christopher Laughlin from Randleman high school. Last year, Chris repeated as conference cross-country champion, and was also conference champion in the 1-mile and 2-mile last spring in track. Only having started running cross country as a junior, he has qualified for the state meet both years. He's also been all-region both years and has the sixth fastest cross country time in school history.
From Zebulon, N.C., Pfeiffer signee Jacob Thomas is three-time MVP at East Wake Academy. He was a candidate for the East Wake athlete of the year and has an outstanding academic record on top of being elected student body president.
New arrival Jaylee Smarr from Shelby high school was also student body president. This year Jaylee won the United Way Invitational, was Cleveland County champion, and was all-conference, all-region, and all-state. Jaylee was also an all-conference wrestler at Shelby.
From Fayetteville, N.C., Nicholas Owens was a three-time all-conference runner, and all-region as a junior and helped lead South View high school to a runner-up finish in 2010.  Nicholas has the 10th fastest 5K time at the South View, which is considered a powerhouse cross country school.
In addition to the freshmen this fall, Dillon Edwards joined the team last spring. After being recruited to run and play soccer out of West Iredell high school, Dillon played for the Pfeiffer mens soccer team for two years. Joining the cross country team last winter, Dillon had a great spring season finishing first on the team in the 5K, and competing in the 800-meter at three track meets. At West Iredell, Dillon was all-county and conference in track and was the top runner in cross country while he was playing soccer.
Coach Scott Nolt is looking forward to this season.

“I am very excited about this year’s team and this new group of Pfeiffer runners,” Nolt said. “Not only are they talented, but they have great character and leadership qualities and are excited about Pfeiffer, our team, and what they can contribute. I have enjoyed getting to know these athletes and their families over the last year, and can’t wait to get them on campus. Together with the group we have returning and our senior leadership, we are all looking forward to this year.”

The Falcons begin the season on Sep. 6 when they travel to UNC-Wilmington to compete in the Seahawk Invitational at 4:30 p.m.

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