The New Franklin boys and girls middle school cross-country teams competed in the Ashland Optimist Eagle Run on Tuesday in Ashland.
With a total of 164 runners competing in the meet, head coach Jeremy Gremminger said this was one of the largest races the Bulldogs have been in yet and the course was challenging. “I was happy with the performance of my team, but I was more excited about how they handled themselves after the race,” Gremminger said. “As a team, they continued to cheer on all runners and also hand out water to the ones who finished.”
In the boy’s race, Connor Chinn of Thomas Jefferson turned in the fastest time in the 2,500 meter race in 9:18.6. Alex Volkart of Southern Boone had the fastest time for the girls in 10:12.4.
For the New Franklin boys, Jacob Marshall finished fourth overall in a time of 9:59 while Alexander McGruder placed 69th in 14:23 and Cooper McGruder 71st in 14:25.
In the final team standings for the boys, Thomas Jefferson tallied 21 points for the top spot. Southern Boone finished second with 41, followed by St. Mary’s with 120, South Callaway 122, California 124, New Bloomfield 150 and St. Pius X 167.
For the New Franklin girls, Tatum Hoover finished in 31st place in a time of 13:14. Emersyn Eads placed 39th overall in 14:11, followed by Natalie Wiseman in 46th place in 15:09, Ella Oser in 53rd place in 15:53, Brooke McGowan in 56th place in 16:03 and Hazel Roth in 74th place in 18:36.
In the final team standings for the girls, Southern Boone captured first with 18 points. Thomas Jefferson finished second with 75 points, followed by Harrisburg with 83, California 90, Russellville 142, St. Pius X 155, New Franklin 163 and New Bloomfield 221.