McARTHUR - Eastern cross country had two runners compete in the inaugural Tri-Valley Conference versus Scioto Valley Conference meet held at Vinton County High School on Wednesday.
Both finished in the top-five, as senior Keith Aeiker placed fifth overall in the boys' competition while sophomore Emeri Connery placed third in the girls' meet.
Aeiker, a two-time All-TVC performer, posted a time of 20:20, finishing more than a minute behind champion Anthony Fleming (18:52) of Wellston. Zane Trace had the two-through-four placers in Boedecker (19:17), Joose (19:59) and Davis (20:07).
ZTHS won the team event with 23 points, followed by Wellston with 58 and Trimble with 73 points.
On the girls side of things, Connery posted a time of 23:23, finishing behind only Hatfield (22:57) of Zane Trace and Hays (23:15) of the host Lady Vikings. VCHS won the girls' team event with 35 points, edging out the Lady Pioneers by one point. Trimble was third overall with 49 team points.
Eastern returns to competition next Saturday when it travels to Vincent for the Warren Invitational. The event will start at 10 a.m.