Lady Eagles take 2nd at Colt Carnival

By Alex Hawley -

BYESVILLE, Ohio — One spot up from last year.

In the 2017 Colt Carnival hosted by Meadowbrook High School, the Eastern girls cross country team — which was third in the event last year — earned a second place finish on Saturday, with the five fastest Lady Eagles placing in the top-25 overall.

Tri-Valley won the girls team competition with a score of 57, while Eastern’s five scores were compiled for a 69. Led by race-winner Ella Pumneo with a time of 19:27.6, Fairless finished third with a total of 87. The girls’ race featured 161 competitors and 25 schools, 15 of which had the five runners required for a team score.

Eastern junior Ally Durst had the second fastest time in the event at 20:25.1, while EHS senior Jessica Cook placed third with a time of 20:35.9. The third Lady Eagle to cross the finish line was Rhiannon Morris with a time of 22:10.8, good enough for 18th place.

Kaitlyn Hawk placed 22nd with a time of 22:36.4 for Eastern’s fourth score, while Whitney Durst capped off the group total with a time of 22:39.9 for a 24th place finish.

Eastern’s potential tiebreaking runners were Lexa Hayes (23:55.7) and Haylie Blankenship (27:12.0), who finished 39th and 74th respectively.

Tri-Valley’s boys’ squad — led by Caden Sauerbrey (16:07.0), the fastest runner of 195-entrant race — posted a five-man score of 59. Caldwell scored 99 to finish second, while Marietta’s score of 114 placed the Tigers and third out of 27 teams, 18 of which had enough runners for a team score.

Eastern had just two boys in competition, senior Owen Arix and sophomore Colton Reynolds, who finished 13th and 14th respectively. Just .02 seconds separated the two Eagles, as Arix had a time of 17:44.28 and Reynolds came in with a time of 17:44.30.

Eastern is scheduled to compete again on Saturday at Rio Grande.

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By Alex Hawley

Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.

Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.