Aiden Britt

Lebanon's state champion Aiden Britt has committed to Ole Miss

Lebanon High distance runner Aiden Britt has verbally committed to the University of Mississippi and will sign a National Letter of Intent later this month.

Britt, the son of Tony and Jolie Britt, won the TSSAA cross country championship back on Nov. 5 with a time of 15:29.

Less than two weeks later, the Blue Devil senior clocked a personal record 9:08.89 to win the Memphis Fall Classic 3,200 meters (2 miles) Saturday, Nov. 14 in the Bluff City.

According to www.AthleticNet.com, Britt's time placed him in the to 20 of all high school runners in the country this year at the 3,200 meters distance.

"We've been looking towards the end of the season and he stepped up when it counts," said longtime Lebanon High cross country coach Marc Engle.

"Aiden had represented himself, Lebanon High and Wilson County well throughout his high school career. Things have come together well for him.

"It's a process of time and hard work. Aiden is very goal-oriented. When he sets his mind on something, he takes ownership of it and does what's necessary to be successful."

As a ninth grader in 2017, Britt placed 12th in the TSSAA state cross country meet with a time of 16:25.

He improved each season thereafter, placing 6th in 2018 (15:56), 5th in 2019 (15:5) and winning the state title earlier this month with a time of 15:29.

"He's matured both physically and mentally through the years," Coach Engle said. "It's not just getting out there and running, it's about learning to compete. He's made gains every year and that's all you can ask."

The Wilson Post broke this story Tuesday evening on Twitter (@tbsports85) and on Facebook.

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