Knights top Eagles in county cross country clash

Eisenhower’s Ethan Kellogg (right) and Tyson Morrison lead early in Tuesday’s cross country race at Eisenhower High School with Youngsville and Union City.

Eisenhower’s boys knew what to expect from Union City Tuesday, but the Bears proved just too tough as the swept the tri-meet with the Knights and Youngsville.

Union City defeated Eisenhower 23-32, and topped Youngsville 15-50. Eisenhower got the 15-49 win over Youngsville.

Individually, Ethan Kellogg picked up his first career win. He topped Union City’s Esteban Waldman by eight seconds (18:57-19:05). The Bears’ Landen Meyer (19:10) and Austin Nolan (19:18) took third and fourth while Eisenhower’s Tyson Morrison (19:24) finished fifth.

“We knew what Union City had from the McDowell Invitational,” Eisenhower coach Darlene Beach said. “But we gained some ground and we’re pleased with that.”

Braden Struble (UC-20:43), Alex Hammel (E-20:45), Mason Mccaslin (UC-20:46), Zack Ciprich (E-20:48) and Ian Gillespie (E-21:04) rounded out the top 10.

Eisenhower’s Lindsay Finch rounds towards the finish line during Tuesday’s cross country meet against Youngsville and Union City at Eisenhower High School.

Mik Fehlman came in 12th with a 21:18 as the Eagles’ top finisher.

“This race was a real learning experience for many of our kids being that this was our first race of the season, on a challenging and fun cross country course,” Youngsville coach Adam Green said. “We have a very green team so I believe the time will drop rapidly once the kids figure out how to run their own races.”

Union City swept the girls races as well with identical 15-50 scores over both Eisenhower and Youngsville. The Knights topped the Eagles by the same 15-50 score.

The Bears took the top eight places, led by Abby Anaya’s 21:34 first-place run.

“Union City has a strong girls team,” Beach said. “They came around the first lap and there were about six of them all running together.”

Youngsville’s Julia Bojaczko heads towards the finish line during Tuesday’s cross country meet against Eisenhower and Union City at Eisenhower High School.

Sydney Welker was the top Knights finisher, her 24:51 good enough for ninth. Lily Fedorchuk (26:07), Lindsay Finch (26:22) and Chloe Lasecki (27:17) took the next four spots. Youngsville’s Julia Bojaczko (28:00) finished right behind Lasecki.

“Lots of kids are bringing their times down from their previous times on our course,” Beach said. “Ours isn’t a fast course, so they’re not setting personal bests, but they’re bringing their course times down.”

Green said his team learned a lot about themselves and where they need to improve.

“Many of the kids realized where they need to improve so now we just need to put in the work and drop those times race by race,” he said.