Eastern Cross Country Sweeps Shelby County Invite
By XC Senior Emerson Wells
Tensions were high on Thursday night as the Eastern Cross Country team came to learn that their planned meet, E-Town’s Run for the Gold, scheduled for this past Saturday was cancelled due to inclement weather. Nonetheless, the team was graciously welcomed a late entry to the Shelby County Rocket Run. Although the late change in schedule was a bit of a wrench in the works, it was clear that the adjustments were insignificant to the team’s overall competitive spirit.
The Varsity girls kicked off the meet with the team’s first win, led by Lizzy Carter coming in 2nd place and a time of 20:27. Soon after, the Varsity boys prevailed through the murky conditions turning out not only the team win, but also Sam Ackerman stealing the individual win at a time of 16:24 with an ambitious 12 second lead ahead of 2nd place.
The success didn’t stop at the Varsity level; both the JV boys and girls took the team titles with them as well, the boys led by Devin Ballard coming in first, and Hanna Ellis for the girls taking yet another first place for the Eagles.
The Shelby County Rocket Run proved to be an exciting and optimistic debut 5K for these young men and women with 24 top 15 finishes combined from all four races. Although Eastern has proven itself to be very destructive, it will no doubt be met with fierce competition and quite a few challenges before the season concludes on November 4th at the State Meet. There is quite a bit of hard work that stands before this team’s path to success.
Shelby County Meet Results: http://ky.milesplit.com/meets/281964/results#.Wa7fb7J96po
The team will return to action next Saturday at North Oldham’s Rumble through the Jungle at Creasey-Mahan Nature Preserve where both the men and women’s will face a tough test. The defending women’s state champions from Manual lead a deep women’s field and the men will face defending state champs St. X.