Pryor to run at Jax State
by Lori Tippets
Jacksonville High School senior Ben Pryor signed a scholarship last week to run cross-country for JSU.

Pryor has been running cross-country for the Golden Eagles since the seventh grade. Last year he placed in the top 10 at the state cross-country meet and this year in the top 20.

Pryor’s coach for the past four years, Jill Green, describes Pryor as, “one of the hardest working student athletes I’ve ever seen.”

Green went on to say that Pryor will be greatly missed. “Ben’s a great leader. He was my catalyst. He’s a great leader; very courteous. He works well with the younger children and is a great motivator.”

Pryor, who was also being recruited by Montevallo, feels like JSU had a lot more to offer, especially in the field he hopes to go into, psychiatry /counseling.

Pryor not only will be running cross-country but will also be participating in some track meets that the JSU men are invited to. While JSU has a cross-country team, they do not have an official men’s track team.

Cross-country wasn’t the most likely sport for Pryor to develop an interest in as he said that he “didn’t like to sweat.” However, his mother, Darlene Croom, and former JHS cross-country coach Brad Hood, convinced him to run.

Highly motivated and exhibiting a great work ethic, Pryor was able to lower his times from the mid-20’s to the high 17’s, good enough to catch the eye of college coaches.
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