EAHS cross country places second, fourth at county meet

Eastern Alamance sophomore cross country runner Laila Anderson came in first at Tuesday's Alamance County Cross Country Championships at Cedarock Park in Burlington. The EAHS tenth grader came in with a time of 21 minutes, 40.63 seconds, as she negotiated the 3.1 mile track at Cedarock Park more than two minutes faster than her next-closest competitor. The Eagles also placed second as a team in the women's competition, finishing just a single point behind Southern Alamance. The EAHS men's team placed fourth overall, with two Eagles placing in the top ten of the individual men's race. 

Eastern Alamance’s women’s cross country team placed second overall in the team competition of Tuesday’s Alamance Cross Country Championships, which was held at Cedarock Park in Burlington. Laila Anderson, a state qualifier in multiple events last year as a freshman, continued her winning ways, producing the top overall time among all female participants. 

Anderson, who dominated last week’s Warmup race at Lake Cammack, once again came out on top at Cedarock Park, besting a field of 30 female participants with a run of 21 minutes, 40.63 seconds. Anderson came in a full two minutes ahead of the second place finisher, sophomore Meghan Wilcox of River Mill Academy (23 minutes, 40.70 seconds). 

Eastern Alamance had a total of five female runners in the race at the County Championships - Anderson, seniors Anneke Brouwer and Izabella Sciora, sophomore Grace Dobson, and freshman Adrianna Glancy. All five EAHS runners placed among the top 17 overall times in the field. 

Brouwer came in 11th overall for the Eagles (25 minutes, 53.05 seconds), while Dobson came in right behind Brouwer in 12th place (25 minutes, 55.35 seconds). Glancy placed 14th overall (26 minutes, 30.71 seconds), while Sciora finished 17th overall (27 minutes, 25.10 seconds). 

Eastern’s total time among the five runners was 2 hours, 7 minutes, 25 seconds, which was the best in the field. The Eagles also had the fastest average time - 25 minutes, 28.97 seconds. However, the Eagles finished second overall, just one point behind Southern Alamance. While all five of Eastern’s runners placed in the top 17 overall, their combined total placements (1 for Anderson, 11 for Brouwer, 12 for Dobson, 14 for Glancy, 17 for Sciora) totaled 55 points, which fell one short behind Southern Alamance’s total of 54 points (low score wins). The Patriots placed all five of its runners in the top 16 - and it was ultimately that last placement that held off the Eagles by a single point. 

Despite coming in second, the Eagles should be optimistic about their chances to potentially win the Mid-State Conference championship later this fall, while Anderson should have a solid chance of qualifying for the NCHSAA state championships in the 3.1 mile event. 

In the men’s race, Jahdiel Dinarte posted a top five finish for the Eagles, as the senior came in with a time of 19 minutes, 23.62 seconds. Freshman Andrew Parker was a second top ten finisher for EAHS, coming in eighth overall with a run of 20 minutes, 14.19 seconds. Seniors Alex and Ryan Catalano were next to place for the Eagles, with Alex finishing 21st overall (21 minutes, 52.04 seconds) and Ryan coming in 25th (22 minutes, 17.76 seconds). 

Other EAHS participants in the race included 36th place finisher freshman Benny Salvatore (23 minutes, 48.36 seconds), junior Brian Ortiz-Perez, who placed 50th (25 minutes, 20.02 seconds), sophomore Kaden Gibbs, who placed 51st (25 minutes, 23.67 seconds), senior Ezechiel Yao, who placed 73rd (28 minutes, 38.26 seconds), junior Kendall Goins, who placed 75th (28 minutes, 42.86 seconds), and senior Bricy Munoz, who placed 89th (38 minutes, 20.09 seconds). 

In the team competition, Eastern placed fourth out of nine participating male teams. The Eagles placed behind county champ Williams, who placed five of the top 12 runners including first place individual winner sophomore Ryan Motondo, who dominated the field with a run of 17 minutes, 49.15 seconds. Western Alamance placed second in the team competition, while Southern Alamance placed third.