Dummitt off to fast start

Senior cross country runner breaks two records

Coach Sean Sweeney with senior Nathan Dummit (Gazebo Photo by Courtesy Stratford Athletics)

Senior Cross Country runner Nathan Dummitt is off to a fast start.

He set a school record 17.46 at the Stratford Invitational and placed first overall. He followed up by breaking his own record this past week with  a 17.14 in the Peake Invitational, the fastest time in school history.

Nathan said he put in a lot of time in the offseason,  He increased his weekly mileage from 30 miles to 40 miles. He ran 12 miles on the weekend to improve his endurance. 

“After practice, I run several more miles to keep up with my weekly mileage,” he said.

The course at Stratford is one of the most difficult courses Nathan will attempt all year because of the hills and slopes. One of his goals is to run in the 16-minute mark. 

Head Coach Sean Sweeney knows improving this record is possible considering a few of the upcoming courses on the schedule. The Warner Robins invitational which is a flatter course.

Nathan’s goal is to lead the Eagles to the state meet and secure a top spot. The team won the area meet last year.

“The other runners have increased their times as far as a minute,” Coach Sweeney said.

 Nathan and junior Gunn Bush both finished in the top ten at the Peake Invitational, and the team finished second in the meet. There were 11 schools participating in the Peake Invitation and nine teams in the Stratford Invitational.

Nathan has reached out and received calls from Georgia Tech and some other colleges about running cross country at the next level. 

He said he wants more people to join the team and not think of it as just running but more as a sport with a high level of competition and training.