MELVERN LAKE — There were six individual event winners between Central Heights and West Franklin Thursday.
Both teams competed at Melvern Lake Thursday, the cross country meet hosted by Lyndon. Due to inclement weather throwing a wrench into early scheduling, this marked the first competition of the season for Central Heights and the second for West Franklin (first for seventh graders).
The Vikings won both the varsity girls and varsity boys 5K as a team. Lily Meyer, running in her first prep race as a freshman, took first overall in the girls race with a time of 23:23. Juniors Alex Cannady and Tyler Stevenson placed first and second, respectively, in the boys race. Luke Cotter, sophomore, won the junior varsity boys 5K.
“Both varsity boys and girls teams winning the team titles is something quite special,” Troy Prosser, Central Heights head cross country coach, said. “It’s been many years since Central Heights has had a full high school girls squad and I am very proud of them for what they have accomplished in such a short time together. The boys team is also doing a nice job and continuing to try and improve themselves every chance they get.”
West Franklin did not bring its full varsity squads to Melvern Lake due to running Tuesday at Burlington. Elizabeth Singer, sophomore, medaled with a sixth-place finished in the varsity girls 5K. Averie Tasker, freshman, won the junior varsity girls race with a time of 28:25.99.
Eighth graders Emma Bailey and Kyle Haner won the girls and boys two-mile, respectively. Bailey finished with a time of 14:27.93, and Haner had a time of 13:13.60.
Both teams are set to compete Thursday at the Wellsville Invitational.
MELVERN LAKE RESULTS
Varsity girls 5K: 1 - Lily Meyer 23:23; 10 - Madison Bridges 26:13; 11 - Taryn Compton 26:15; 17 - Cheyenne Higbie 27:15; 43 - Rylee McCurry 37:40.
Varsity boys 5K: 1 - Alex Cannady 19:34; 2 - Tyler Stevenson 19:46; 6 - Mason McCurry 20:42; 7 - Caleb Meyer 20:55; 9 - Bryce Sommer 20:57; 10 - Jarod Crawford 20:57; 17 - David Craft 21:47
Junior varsity boys/girls 5K: 1 - Luke Cotter 21:59; 22 - Lily Roll 47:54.
Seventh grade boys two-mile: 2 - Connor Burkdoll 14:02; 7 - Owen Miller 15:07; 8 - Dakota Burnett 15:19; 12 - Jotham Meyer 16:13.
Seventh grade girls two-mile: 2 - Melaney Chrisjohn 15:28; 3 - Emma Cubit 15:29; 4 - Kaylee Holstine 16:42; 12 - Layla Roll 20:00.
Varsity girls 5: 6 - Elizabeth Singer 25:25.67; 37 - Jessica Sandoz 31:13.38.
Junior varsity girls 5K: 1 - Averie Tasker 28:25.99.
Junior varsity boys 5K: 18 - Jacob Anderson 27:00.89; 22 - Brendan Kice 28:33.41; 26 - Timothy Pearce 30:30.72.
Eighth grade girls two-mile: 1 - Emma Bailey 14:27.93.
Eighth grade boys two-mile: 1 - Kyle Haner 13:13.60; 13 - Martir Ramos 16:17.37.
Seventh grade girls two-mile: 6 - Kassie Mains 17:18.57.
Seventh grade boys two-mile: 9 - Lucas Hassler 15:52.72; 34 - Wyatt Wright 21:23.72.