EPGJH Girls Take 3rd Place Trophy at Titan Invitational

8th annual event draws 525 runners

 [SEPTEMBER 9, 2014] – The Titans hosted the 8th Annual EPGJH Cross Country Invitational Tuesday.  The rain held off until the end of the awards ceremony, but runners still found the creeks to be wet and muddy as they splashed through crossing #1 just before the half mile and crossing #2 about a quarter mile later.  Twenty schools were participating.

 In the Girls Varsity race, the EPG girls were more than ready to compete on their home course at Furrow Farm.  In previous years on the “W” course, our Varsity Girls top 5 had run average times of 16.45 (‘11), 16.16 (‘12), and 16.12 (‘13).  The 2014 Varsity girls team put an exclamation point on their achievement this year, hammering out a 14.54 average, setting the best-ever Top 5 average at Furrow by an astonishing 1 minute 18 seconds per runner, while bringing home their second trophy in the past 11 days.  It was an historic day for the girls.

 The top 7 teams of the 13 full Girls teams were Dunlap Middle School (49), Dunlap Valley (90), El Paso-Gridley (108), Delavan (116), Eureka (117), Olympia (166), Dee-Mack (187).

 Sophi Allen (13.45) placed 2nd in the 97-runner field as she ran to the fastest time ever by a Titan girl on the “W” course, besting EPGJH All-State runner Shannan Supan’s 2011 mark by 5 seconds.  Cate Atkins (13.54) placed 3rd.  Both Allen and Atkins ran to season-best times despite the hills and creek crossings on the challenging course. 

 EPG’s #3, #4, and #5 runners were Julia Reid (15.15), 29th, Allison Kelly (15.41) 39th, and Molly Holt (15.54) 44th.  Reid entered the record books at #7 all-time on the “W” course, consistent Kelly was the #4 runner for the Titans for the fourth meet in a row, and Holt ran to an all-time best 2-mile time by 17 seconds while helping her team claim the 3rd place trophy.  Other Varsity runners Tia Reilly (16.14) and Hannah Ludy (16.51) also contributed strong races for the team.

 The Varsity Boys held their own without front-runner Sean Supan, running to a season-best pack time of just 36 seconds (runners 1-5), which is among the best ever by an EPGJH team.  The Boys team placed 9th of 15 full teams.  7th through 11th place teams were extremely tight in the standings – Washington Middle School (213), Dee-Mack (215), El Paso-Gridley (220), Tri-Valley (225), Bloomington Holy Trinity (225).

 Garrett Forrest (13.52) led the Titans, followed by Zac Nelson (14.02), Jordan Shelton (14.04), Aidan Killian (14.22), Nate DeMarb (14.28), and Will Bushert (14.42).  Nelson clocked a 17-second PR.

 In the Open Combined race, Ashley Cela (18.33) led the EPG girls, placing 83rd of 167 girls.  Evan Higgins (15.34) led the boys, placing 35th of 154 boys.  Other open runners were Bekah Loftus (18.36), Sophia Lowery (18.52), Mya Gramm (19.04), Emmalee DeMarb  (20.20), Lauren Buggar (20.29), Saylor Welsch (22.24), and Jesse Uphoff (19.44).  DeMarb and Uphoff ran season-best times, while Buggar ran to an all-time PR by 24 seconds.  The race of the day for all Titans went to Loftus, who set an all-time PR by an astonishing 1 minute 17 seconds.

 The Titans next travel to the Parkside Invitational for a Saturday morning meet.  Races begin at 9:30am.

 

Read more: EPG JH Cross Country Results

Congratulations to Tanner Benedict for being chosen WJBC Athlete of the Week! Tanner ran back three punts for touchdowns, also scored on a reception and an interception return to lead the Titans to a 63-9 win over Lexington.

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