Eastern High sophomore bests field of nearly 200 runners

Eastern Alamance sophomore cross country runner Laila Anderson paced a field of 190 athletes at Saturday's NC Runner's Elite XC Invitational event in Kernersville. Anderson's time of 19 minutes, 31.58 seconds was nearly seven seconds faster than the second-place competitor in the women's race. EAHS freshman Andrew Parker was the top performer in the men's invitational race, as the Eagles freshman placed 27th out of nearly 250 total runners with a time of 17 minutes, 35.19 seconds. 

Eastern Alamance sophomore female cross country runner Laila Anderson added to her list of wins this past weekend, as she went with her Eagles teammates to Kernersville for the NC Runners Elite XC Invitational at the Ivey Redmon Sports Complex. Anderson was one of four Eagles to run in the women’s invitational race, while six EAHS male runners ran in the men’s invitational race. 

Anderson placed first overall among a significant field of 190 runners in the women’s invitational 5,000 meter run with her time of 19 minutes, 31.58 seconds. Anderson came in nearly seven seconds faster than second place finisher Jordan Lands of Durham Riverside, who posted a time of 19 minutes, 44.30 seconds. 

EAHS senior Logan Marine also placed among the top third of all competitors in the event, as she placed 57th overall with a run of 22 minutes, 46.01 seconds. Senior Anneke Brouwer came in 90th place (23 minutes, 45.98 seconds), and freshman Adrianna Glancy came in 98th (23 minutes, 56.75 seconds). 

In the men’s race, once again it was freshman Andrew Parker who paced the Eagles runners. Parker came in 27th place out of 236 runners with a time of 17 minutes, 35.19 seconds. Senior Jahdiel Dinarte was not far behind Parker, as he finished up in 41st place with a run of 18 minutes, 2.19 seconds. 

Four other Eastern male runners participated - freshman Benny Salvatore (170th place, 20 minutes, 30.64 seconds), junior Ivan Castillo (177th place, 20 minutes, 36.76 seconds), junior Brian Ortiz-Perez (199th place, 21 minutes, 15.31 seconds), and sophomore Kaden Gibbs (209th place, 21 minutes, 30.39 seconds). 

As a team, EAHS placed 20th overall among a total of 28 men’s teams who participated in the invitational race.  

Eastern, under the guidance of head coach Richard Kohrman, will now gear up for the Mid-State Conference championship race, which will be held the afternoon of Wednesday, October 23 at Lake Cammack in Burlington. Anderson has to be considered one of the favorites to win the women’s race, while Parker and Dinarte will be looking to climb up the leaderboard and challenge for one of the top spots in the men’s race.