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Patriots Sign Hodges Runner

    FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University cross country and track and field coach Mark Bluman has announced the signing of Steven “Junior” Holmes of Hodges to a national letter of intent to attend FMU and run for the Patriots in 2005-06.

    Holmes, 5-10 and 142 pounds, is a product of Greenwood High School, where he competed under the direction of coaches Doug Blosser, Sammy Owen, Hobb Chandler, and Robby Templeton.  He was a three-year letterman in both sports.

    Last fall, he earned All-Region cross country honors.  He placed 48th at the AAAA state championship meet in a time of 18:07, while the Eagles placed 13th in the team standings.  He also garnered All-Lakelands champion honors in 2004.  His personal best time is 17:06.

    This spring, he ran track, where he owns personal-best times of 4:59 in the mile and 10:34 in the two-mile run.  Greenwood placed 17th in the team standings at the 2005 AAAA state meet.

    In the classroom, Holmes was involved with the Health Occupations Students of America organization.  He was named the 2005 Outstanding Member for the Greenwood chapter.  He also earned first place awards in the medical math category at 2004 and 2005 state leadership conferences.

    Francis Marion loses two seniors from last season’s squad that placed sixth at the Peach Belt Conference Championship Meet and 18th at the NCAA Division II South Regional Meet.

Last Published: June 29, 2005 7:43 AM
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