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Around the Southern Crescent

ELCA extends winning streak

The ELCA baseball team continued its winning ways, beating Whitefield 9-1 in Region 9-A action on Thursday.

ELCA has now won six straight games. The Chargers are 15-4 overall and 5-2 in Region 9-A action.

Whitefield Academy dropped to 10-10 overall and 5-3 in Region 9-A action.

Two other teams also have two losses in the region, but both of First Presbyterian Day's region defeats have come against ELCA.

Landmark Christian also has two losses. They beat ELCA earlier this year. The two teams meet again on April 21 at Landmark.

ELCA plays at home today against Paideia.

German runner Kuhnen signs with Clayton State women's cross country

Clayton State head men's and women's cross country coach Mike Mead added another piece to the puzzle for the Laker women in the 2011 season with the signing of German runner Maia Kuhnen on Thursday.

Kuhnen is the second female signee for the Lakers for the upcoming season. Last month, Mead inked Jessica Smith from Palmdale, Calif., as the first female signee. In addition, Kuhnen will also be a middle-distance to distance competitor on the Laker track and field team.

"Maia makes a nice addition to our cross country and track teams," said Mead. "She has some good times running on low mileage, so as she gets stronger she is going to get faster. Maia is going to have an immediate impact in the fall and in the spring.

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We just have to bring her around steadily."

Kuhnen, from Trier, Germany, is another versatile runner with a wide range of distances.

In track and field last season, she ran the 400-meter dash in 1:01.71 minutes, the 800-meter run in 2:17.70, 4:45.51 in the 1,500-meter run and 41:52 in the 10,000-meter run. Kuhnen has run a personal-best 41:54 in the 10,000-meter run and 19:28.75 in 5K cross country.

In addition, she has also run the 3,000-meter run in 11:15.17.

Kuhnen plans on majoring in Health and Fitness Management at Clayton State.