MARIETTA, Ohio — A good way to start the new year.
The Eastern girls cross country team came away with top honors Saturday at the 15th annual Elizabeth S. Broughton Memorial Invitational as the Lady Eagles got the best of eight other teams at the Broughton Nature Area in Washington County.
Eastern posted a winning team tally of 47 points, which ended up being nine points better than the rest of the girls competition. Caldwell was the overall runner-up with 56 points, while Fort Frye came away with third place honors with a tally of 78 points.
The Lady Eagles had four runners finish in the top 12 as a total of 75 females took part in the event. All seven EHS ladies also finished the top 32 spots overall.
Katie Saling of Caldwell won the girls individual title with a time of 21:04.10, while Mary Kate McElroy of FFHS was the runner-up with a mark of 21:32.80.
Asia Michael paced EHS by placing third overall with a time of 22:17.30, followed by Laura Pullins (22:41.20) and Taylor Palmer (22:59.40) with respective finishes of sixth and eighth.
Jessica Cook (23:50.50) and Kaitlyn Hawk (25:21.40) rounded out the Lady Eagles’ team score with respective placements of 12th and 22nd. Brittany Long (25:43.40) and Taylor Palmer (26:24.80) were also 28th and 32nd overall in the girls competition.
Marietta came away with the boys team title after scoring 59 points, followed by runner-up Williamstown with 77 points. Caldwell placed third out of nine teams with 90 points.
Jon Anderson of Fort Frye won the individual title with a time of 17:30.10, while Brent Ash of Warren was the overall runner-up with a mark of 18:04.40.
Tyson Long led EHS — which did not have enough competitors for a team score — with a 14th place finish and a time of 19:48.60. Brock Smith was next with a mark of 22:09.80 for 36th place out of 90 individuals.
Complete results of the 2014 Elizabeth S. Broughton Memorial Invitational at Broughton Nature Area are available on the web at baumspage.com