This week’s Orange Panther of the Week is cross country runner Spencer Hampton. Last Saturday, the Orange men’s cross country completed its most successful season in modern team history by finishing 3rd in the 3A State Championships at the Ivey Redmon Sports Complex in Kernersville. It tied for the highest finish in team history. The Panthers also won the 3A Mideast Regional Championship at Northwood High School in Pittsboro on October 30. In that race, Hampton finished 2nd in the region with a time of 16:13.71. It was the second-time ever that Orange men’s cross country won a regional title. On September 27, Hampton won a meet a Central Carolina Conference meet, also at Northwood High School, that included Northwood, Eastern Alamance and Western Alamance. Hampton also finished second in the Central Carolina Conference championship meet last month. In June, Hampton came in second at the 3,200 meters in the 3A State Track & Field Championships at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro. That meet came after he won the Mideast Regional championship in the 1,600 meters at Southern Lee High School in Sanford. There’s no rest for Hampton. He’s already preparing for indoor track season for Orange.