Eastern Alamance’s men’s and women’s cross country squads hosted a home Mid-State Conference tri meet on Wednesday, October 2 at the Lake Cammack course in Burlington. The Eagles competed against teams from conference rivals Person and Morehead. It was a solid outing for both Eagles teams, as each won the team competitions in both races.
In the men’s race, EAHS posted nine of the top 11 times, led by freshman Andrew Parker, who came in first among all 31 competitors with a time of 19 minutes, 37.51 seconds. Senior Jahdiel Dinarte came in second overall, recording a time of 20 minutes, 31.62 seconds. In fourth place overall was another 12th grader, Alex Catalano, who timed in at 23 minutes, 7.81 seconds.
Sixth through eleventh places were all held by Eagles - junior Cullen Justice (sixth place - 23 minutes, 56.05 seconds), senior Gavin Lee (seventh place - 23 minutes, 56.30 seconds), senior Ryan Catalano (eighth place - 24 minutes, 12.63 seconds), freshman Benny Salvatore (ninth place - 24 minutes, 22.45 seconds), junior Ivan Castillo (tenth place - 24 minutes, 33.91 seconds), and sophomore Kaden Gibbs (eleventh place - 24 minutes, 36.87 seconds).
Other participants in the men’s race for the Eagles included junior Kendall Goins (15th place, 28 minutes, 25.78 seconds), junior Brian Ortiz-Perez (19th place, 28 minutes, 45.05 seconds), senior Ezechiel Yao (23rd place, 31 minutes, 30.61 seconds), and senior Bricy Munoz (29th place, 43 minutes, 30.45 seconds).
Eastern’s team total of 20 points (top five finishers placing a combined 1st, 2nd, 4th, 6th, and 7th place) earned them first place, with Person (41 points) coming in second, and Morehead (82 points) placing third.
In the women’s race, sophomore Laila Anderson continued her excellent autumn with another first place result, pacing a field of 14 competitors with a time of 22 minutes, 43.09 seconds.
Each of the top seven spots in the race were posted by Eagles, including senior Logan Marine (second place, 25 minutes, 37.11 seconds), freshman Audrey Hupman (third place, 26 minutes, 8.74 seconds), senior Anneke Brouwer (fourth place, 28 minutes, 46.24 seconds), sophomore Grace Dobson (fifth place, 29 minutes, 40.55 seconds), freshman Adrianna Glancy (sixth place, 31 minutes, 19.69 seconds), and junior Isabella Miller (seventh place, 31 minutes, 37.41 seconds). Other participants in the race for the Eagles included sophomore Josie Gonzalez (ninth place, 34 minutes, 12.68 seconds), and senior Chloe Strong (14th place, 45 minutes, 47.35 seconds).
EAHS easily won the team portion of the women’s race, with the best possible team score of 15 points with each of the top five finishers.
The next events for the Eagles cross country team is the NCRunners Elite Cross Country Invitational at the Ivey Redmon Sports Complex in Kernersville on Saturday, October 12, which will serve as the last tuneup before the Mid-State Conference Cross Country Championships, which is scheduled for the afternoon of Wednesday, October 23 back at Lake Cammack.