Cherokee – This past Wednesday the Smoky Mountain Conference held their Cross Country Championships. The Maroon Devils finished 2nd on the men’s side. Senior Ryan Jenkins finished 1st on the day with a time of 16:57. For his efforts Jenkins was named the Smoky Mountain Conference Runner of the Year.The first place finish is even more amazing when you realize that Jenkins has autism, and he says he is sending a message with his victory.
“No matter how autistic you might be, you could still win a race or two,” he said. “What does autism really say? They say it’s a minus. But in some cases, it can be turned into a plus.”