Nick Trefz (L) and Matthew Brafford
Nick Trefz a senior from Fairmont Senior and Matthew Brafford a junior from George Washington were the fastest West Virginia runners at the Foot Locker South Region held at Mc Alpine Park in Charlotte, NC on Saturday.
Nick Trefz nearing the finish line on his impressive run. - John Olson Photo
Trefz competing in the seeded race was the top finishing male for West Virginia placing 36th in a time of 15:35. Trefz was the 2012 West Virginia Group AA-A State champion in cross country and came into post season races as the 4th ranked runner from West Virginia. With his 17 second improvement on his personal best time, Trefz moved into the #2 spot behind Jacob Burcham. A lot of AAA runners have overshawdowed him, but he came into his own this cross country season. He has left a big mark on our great State.
Matthew Brafford winning the Junior race in 15:38 - John Olson Photo
This junior sensation is the heir apparent to the throne soon to be vacated by Burcham. He continues to imporove and his overwhelming 16 second victory Saturday in the junior race at the Foot Locker South Region gives West Virginians reason to anticipate next year. Brafford's time of 15:38 may have been even faster if he had been pushed. Brafford was the 2012 West Virginia AAA Cross Country runner-up.