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Buford senior runners sign with college programs

Buford senior Justin Pirkle has signed with the Reinhardt running program.

Buford senior Justin Pirkle has signed with the Reinhardt running program.

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Buford senior Anna Mills has signed with the Reinhardt running program.

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Buford senior Josh Thompson has signed with the Georgia Regents running program.

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Buford senior Bailey Roberts has signed with the West Georgia running program.

Buford senior runners Josh Thompson, Justin Pirkle, Anna Mills and Bailey Roberts have signed letters of intent with college programs.

Thompson, whose career cross country best is a school-record 16 minutes, 6 seconds, signed with Georgia Regents. He is a three-year cross country runner, as well as a four-year member of the tennis team and a two-year member of the track and field team. He was an all-region and all-county selection in cross country last season.

Pirkle, who played two years of football and then ran cross country for two seasons, signed with Reinhardt. His career best in cross country is 17:04. He was a first-team all-county and second-team all-region selection as a senior.

Mills, who lowered her personal cross country best to 23:18 as a senior, also signed with Reinhardt. She was a three-year cross country runner in addition to a four-year member of both the basketball and soccer programs.

Roberts, a three-year cross country runner, signed with West Georgia. A first-team all-region and all-county selection last season, she had a personal-best cross country time of 20:20. She also participated in two years of soccer, two years of swimming and two years of track and field.