Francis also competed at the MHSAA Lower Peninsula state finals along with the rest of the Cavaliers’ cross country squad. Francis delivered a season-best 17 minutes, 11 seconds and was the first Corunna runner to cross the finish line.

“Probably one of the best days of my life was at the regional meet,” Francis said. “But the state meet was phenomenal as well.”

The regional meet was sweet because the Cavaliers ended up qualifying as a team for the state finals at Michigan International Speedway, Francis said.

“Yes because, the year before that, it was our big thing was going to the state meet and we took fourth. And the top three teams go. We just got nudged out in going so we were so disappointed and stuff. And then this year, we finally made it. It was so cool that I still get chills right now talking about it. It was the coolest thing ever.”

At the state meet, immediately after completing the 3.1-mile jaunt, Francis said he waited for his other teammates in a show of unity.

“There were people there at the finish line, saying keep moving,” Francis said. “And I just stood there because I was waiting for my team to finish. I was waiting for the rest of my team to finish. We just kept doig that. And we had a group of Corunna guys and then the last one came through. Then, we all walked together in a line way back to where the water and stuff was.”

Francis, named Corunna’s Most Valuable Runner, ran to second team All-Capital Area Activities Conference White Division cross country honors. He was also a team captain.

He will be running track and field for the fourth year this spring. He is a distance runner for the squad.

via The Argus-Press: Sports – ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Francis’ improvement has led to Corunna turnaround.

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