L-R William Cunningham, Brian Taylor,
Trenda Overbay and Anna Sampson

By Gaylen Duskey

On a crisp, clear November morning Spencer runner Brian Taylor and Calhoun cross country runner Anna Sampson took first place in running categories in the Not Yet Done Run held at the Calhoun County Park, Saturday.

William Cunningham and Trenda Overbay won the overall walking titles.

Spencer's Taylor quipped that he won the series.

"You had three races? Then I had a sweep," Taylor said. "It'll be tougher next year since you all are planning on a six-race series schedule."

Sampson won despite fighting a cold.

"I think it was the worst time I have ever had on this course," she said. "I just didn't feel well."

Taylor, who had earlier won the Calhoun Runners 5K and the Appalachian Classic 5K, covered the 3.1-mile course in 20:04.

"That hill (Big Mama) took it out of me." he said. "I had a good time until I hit it. Then …"

The race had one uplifting moment when Calhoun cross country coach and her mother 74-year-old Lolita Coon crossed the finish line at the same time.

"Mom had a blast," Fitzwater said. "It was an enjoyable day."

The race was followed by a meal of chili and vegetable soup and a raffle for prizes.

The race was sponsored by Calhoun Runners and Tim Moore State Farm Insurance.

Melinda Fitzwater and her 74-year-old mother
Lolita Coon getting ready to cross the finish line