Clever strategy pays off at meet: Grizzly Cubs boys win cross-country regional crown

Franklin Community High School cross-country coach Adam Schwartz suspected that resting one of his top runners during last week’s sectional meet would give the Grizzly Cubs a leg up in regionals.

That hunch paid off in a big way Saturday, as a healthy Franklin squad claimed the boys championship at the Greensburg Regional. It was the team’s fourth regional title, and first since 2007.

Four Franklin runners finished in the top 20, paced by senior Jake Johnson, who ran a strong race and took third with a time of 15:47.97. Johnson was seventh at the sectional. Camden MacLennan took 10th place; junior Blaine Conners finished 14th; and senior Austin Havener finished 19th.

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