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Myles of talent

Anniston cross country runner Myles earns All-American honors at AAU Nationals; White Plains’ Larson earns All-National recognition

Anniston freshman Christian Myles (R) and new friend after winning 13-year-old All-American honors at the AAU National Cross Country Meet. (Photos courtesy of Lisa Howard)

By East Alabama Sports Today

Anniston High School has an All-American in its midst.

Christian Myles, a freshman runner in the Bulldogs’ cross-country program, finished fifth among 13-year-old boys at last weekend’s AAU Cross Country Nationals at Victor Ashe Park in Knoxville.

Running for the Motor City Track Club – the same club Anniston coach Lisa Howard ran for when she was in school – he posted a time of 15:14:28 on a sloppy track in the 4K race. It was 11th overall in the 13-14 race.

“I’m so happy because it’s the first time in the history of Anniston,” Myles said. “And nobody ever ran nationals for Anniston, so I made history. I’m so proud. It’s so amazing.”

It wasn’t unexpected. He went into the race looking for an All-American finish “to make my coach proud” after a fall of hard training.

Myles is the next in a recent line of strong Anniston cross-country runners, joining county champions Zebedee Lunsford and James Haynes. Howard believes if Myles sticks it out he’ll be their best distance runner “hands down.”

He burst on the scene last year when he scored the clinching spot in Anniston’s celebrated team county championship in 2017. He finished fifth in this year’s Calhoun County Championship and 29th in the Class 4A state championship race.

Two other Calhoun County runners ran in the meet. White Plains’ Luke Larson was 16th in the boys 17-18 race (19:49), to earn All-National honors, and Anniston’s Jackson Hicks was 52nd in the boys 15-16 race (21:01).

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