L. Autry, Director of Cross Country and Track and Field, Head Coach
With 15 years and 52 combined
conference, regional and state team championships under his belt, Coach Autry
is no stranger to the pressures of the job.
Mark Mc Kim, Assistant Head Track and
Field Coach, Throws Coach
Mc Kim will be entering his fifth year on the South View Track and
Field Staff. Mc Kim is directly in charge of the throwing events
for the Tigers. He has produced multiple Conference and Regional
Champions, along with several All Conference and All Region award
former star sprinter for the Tigers, Coach Jasper has been with South
View Track and Field as a coach for nine years. In his tenure he
has cultivated multiple All Conference and All Region performers.
"go-to-guy" for the program, Ralf Zappe gets it done. As
a parent volunteer, he is often the hard work behind the project.
He will be entering his third season in the program.
Workman joined the Tiger Staff during track and field season last Spring
and will continue his tenure in the comig 2012-2013 school year.
Workman was a star mid-distance runner in high school and college.
Jesse & Belinda Kriner
and Belinda help organize our parent volunteers for events like the
Jungle Run, Tiger Relays and more.
Hope Mills - South View
Cross Country will be hosting the 11th Annual Jungle Run on
Saturday, September 1st, 2012 this coming Fall. After
another big year, the Tigers are looking to make the meet even
bigger and better. "It just keeps growing. I
think once people witness the night-tie experience, they are
hooked." Coach Autry stated. The Tigers
continue to describe the meet as "big-time invite
with a Friday night football atmosphere."
Registration will be
online through NCRunners.com again this year. Autry plans to open
registration up for the meet in early August and run it through
Tuesday, August 28th at 11:59PM.
For registration information on the 11th
Annual Jungle Run, please click here. If you any
direct questions concerning this event, please email Coach Jesse
L. Autry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a look back at previous Jungle Runs, click the links below:
Hope Mills - South View
Cross Country is preparing for another trip to Appalachian State
University for camp this summer. The dates have been set
for July 24th through the 28th. Upon their return, the
Tigers will begin full-time workouts on Monday, August
This year is looking
to be very different, as the Lady Tigers have more
pre-registered student athletes going than the boys.
"It's true. The girls have a couple more than the
guys this time." Autry confirmed on Wednesday.
This increase is being fueled by a strong class of rising
sophomores. Autry has made it clear that he thinks the
numbers are still a bit fluid. "For some reason I
think we will still pick up a couple of kids. We always
For information about
balance due dates, camp expectations, what to bring and more,
please continue to check back here.
Click below to see
some of the Running Tigers 2010 camp experience:
Reminder: Camp Balance is Due
by Tuesday, July 17th
Hope Mills - Everyone is reminded that the balnce
for camp is due by Tuesday, July 17th. It is imperative
that this money is turned in on time, as the school check for
ASU will be prepared by Thursday morning. Please speak
with or email Coach
Jesse L. Autry, if you have any questions.
Can Tiger Super-Sophs Live
Up to the Hype?
Xiun Chowpang, Sunday, June 10, 2012
The Youth Gone
Wild. Clockwise from the left are some of the top
sophomore returnees from the 2011 Tiger Men:Joe Moody,
Michael Staples, David McClanahan, Sam Park, Chandler
Mitchell, Titus Grant, Mike Noack, Patrick Young, Joe Cox
and Steven Sims.
Hope Mills - The names just kind of roll out: Titus
Grant, Michael Staples, the Joes (Cox and Moody), David
McClanahan, Michael Sims, etc. These were the freshmen who
had the breakout season every freshman wants. But the
question for those who reach early success is always, "can
they sustain it." According to Head Coach Jesse L.
Autry they have the potential. "I have learned that any
kid can rise up, but any kid can let the team down, as well.
I love the early off-season work ethic we are seeing from these
guys, but the proof is in the pudding."
The size of the boys
class of 2015 is an added advantage. Autry is quick to point
out, "You have more room for some to fall off when you have
so many with so much going for them." That is why he
shows an equal amount of excitement for runners like Patrick Young
and Michael Noack. Young's big performance in the freshman
1600 meter run at the Screaming Eagle Invitational in Wilmington
announced his arrival on the scene as a serious contributor.
Noack's steady improvement and quality 3200 meter runs throughout
the Spring suggest he will be a force to be reckoned with as he
gets older and more experienced. Sophomore Chandler
Mitchell's injury seems to be a thing of the past as his early
season workouts have some of his teammates already calling him the
"next big surprise." Patrick Lopez is still awaiting
some personal information to find out his status, but has been
looking solid during the student-led "park runs."
Chris Robison was improving late in the Spring season.
Autry is hoping track
cross-overs like Ricardo Bowen and James Seagraves will become
steady contributors, as well. "Those two guys have
monster-talent. We just need to get them in some sort of
consistent routine." Autry commented.
Still, Autry is quick
to point out, this sophomore group could "really rock and
roll for a long time. They just need to always remember that
'all potential really means, is you ain't done it,
yet.'" Autry was using an old Vince Lombardi adage.
Lady Tigers Look to Get Over the Hump in
Herb Foochelmeister, SVXC Correspondent, Wednesday,
June 10, 2012
Hope Mills - Jessica Blanks has hardly been able
to contain her excitement this early off-season. Brittany
Combs is loving what she sees. Kiara Glover is hitting it a
little harder a little sooner. What has these older team
leaders so excited? It's simple, really: promise. This
year's Lady Tigers look very promising. In the last few
years you would see, Julie Sem, Justine Serje and Aimee Wilson up
front, but then there would be a drop off. Last year it was
Sara DeSantis, Andria Wren and the pack way back. The
gap between the top ladies and the rest of the team was filled
with too many different uniforms. Over the last two years,
Coach Jesse L. Autry has made it his mission to create a deeper
and more competitive women's roster. "I think the
advantage the boys have had, "Autry explains, "has been
the competition to move up into the top seven or even 10. We
have got to get the ladies competing. Competition makes
After a monster recruiting
season, the South View Cross Country team will, for the first
time, is scheduled to take more girls to camp than ever...
More girls to camp than even the boys. The numbers are there
and so is the work ethic. The Lady Tigers are experiencing
the best early-off-season workouts the program has ever
known. Autry points to a philosophy from former South View
Assistant Head Coach Rick Newton as his motivation for being so
aggressive in this year's recruiting: "If you want to win a
horse race, you're gonna need some horses." Well, the
Lady Tigers certainly have personnel.
But coupled with having
the personnel, you have to have student leadership. Brittany
Combs and Jessica Blanks have been the best in contacting and
getting the girls to the early park runs. But with Blanks
heading off to Governor's School and Combs work schedule
interfering with her night practices, the ladies are looking for
someone to step up and fill the void. Autry is looking to
veterans like Alyssa Zappe and Christina Sem to rise up.
"Those two have the experience and knowledge to lead this
group." Also, Yasmin Ayala-Johnson and Grey Perry have
been wrking the phones. It will take a combination of
teammates to communicate and motivate. If the Lady Tigers
find their voice this summer, they will be tough to deal with this