Another local school is set to compete in cross country.

North Sand Mountain principal Dusty Roden confirmed Thursday that the school is starting a cross country program and will being competition this season. 

“Starting a cross country team at North Sand Mountain has created some excitement in our school,” Roden said. “Having a team gives our students another opportunity to display their talents.”

Dana Keller, the Family and Consumer Science teacher at NSM, will serve as the program’s head coach.

“The main things I am expecting out of my teams are improvement and become familiar with cross country as a sport,” Keller said. 

NSM’s venture into cross country means that all six high schools in Jackson County School System now participate in the sport. Section started its program in 2006, followed by Pisgah in 2009, Skyline in 2012, Woodville in 2013 and North Jackson last year. Paint Rock Valley, which closed in May, ran cross country during the 2015 and 2016 seasons.

NSM will compete in Class 1A-2A Section 4 against Section, Skyline, Asbury, Cedar Bluff, Coosa Christian, Donoho, Faith Christian, Gaston, Jacksonville Christian, Ohatchee, Sacred Heart, Westbrook Christian and two other new programs, DeKalb County schools Fyffe and Ider. 

The Class 1A-2A Section 4 races are Nov. 1 at Choccolocco Park in Oxford.

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