At E. Jackson

Boys 5K (Sixth of 14) Jeremy Craft, 16th place; Dalton Shaw, 27th place; Luke Zimmerman, 33rd place

Girls 5K (Ninth of 12) Yakira Chapman, 44th place; Carolina Zant, 47th place

By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer

The Morgan County High School (MCHS) cross country team competed in the Seventh Annual Eagle Invitational, which was held at East Jackson High School last Thurs., Sept. 12.

As a team, the MCHS boys placed sixth out of 14 teams in the Varsity Boys 5K race, with an average time of 18:37.68. Jeremy Craft led Morgan County with a time of 17:58.20, earning him a 16th-place finish.

Dalton Shaw came in 27th with a time of 18:19.79, and Luke Zimmerman placed 33rd at 18:35.47.

“Many of our runners set PR’s or season bests at the course, which was a very fast course,” said MCHS Cross Country Coach Brandon York. “There was a great deal of straight stretch, and weather was optimal. As a whole, the meet field was pretty solid.”

The girls averaged a time of 25:48.38 in the Varsity Girls 5K, taking ninth place out of 12 spots.

Yakira Chapman finished 44th at 23:42.85, and Carolina Zant placed in the 47th spot with a time of 23:51.60.

“The ladies turned in a nice performance, and are quietly emerging to stake a claim for a state berth,” said Coach York. “They currently sit at a fifth place region ranking, and, provided that we see folks get healthy at the right time, and catch a break here and there, we could see them sneak into the top in Region 8.”

The MCHS cross country team’s next competition will be at Athens Academy on Sept. 19.