Buchholz runner sets all-time area 5K mark

Buchholz's Emerson Miller
Buchholz's Emerson Miller runs at the Bobcat Classic on Sept. 10. (Photo by Seth Johnson)

Fairburn, GA—Buchholz senior Emerson Miller set a new all-time 5 kilometer cross country area best Saturday morning at the Asics Alexander Cross Country meet in Fairburn, Georgia.

Miller’s time of 14:57.41 was the first time an area runner has run under 15 minutes and shattered the previous best time of 15:10, which Buchholz’s Chris Godwin posted in 2010. Godwin was a national cross country championship qualifier in 2011.

The only other area athlete to qualify for the national cross country championship was Michael Anderson of P.K. Yonge in 2006. Anderson ran 15:12 for 5 kilometers that year.

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Rocky Hansen of Christ School in Arden, N.C., won the race in 14:20.90, setting a North Carolina state record and recording the fastest time in the country this year. Miller’s time was 44th fastest time run in the country this year.

Miller’s previous best was 15:27.84 set on December 4, 2021. He is currently the top male runner in the Mainstreet Daily News cross country power rankings.

Miller’s time was the 18th fastest 5 kilometer cross country time ever run in Florida High School history, according to flrunners.com website.

Florida high school athletes began to run the 5 kilometer distance in 2002. They had previously run 3 miles.

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