From Staff Reports

Eagle Cross Country competed this weekend at the Gerald Richey Invitational, hosted by UT-Arlington at Lynn Creek Park in Grand Prairie.

"The course is the new site for the Region II Championships, so it was a great opportunity to get some experience on it," said Eagles cross country coach Josh Allen.

Here are the results from the meet:

Varsity Girls

The varsity girls ran a small group and turned in some great performances. Out of 136 runners, junior Kristen Howell led the Lady Eagles with a medal performance in 10th place with a new personal best of 19:59 for the 5k distance. She was tracked closely by sophomore Kyra Drobny, who also ran a new personal best in 20:05, finishing in 12th place. Freshman Alexa Boushey was next across for the team in a solid 53rd place, and freshman Abby Williams finished 110th.

Varsity Boys

The guys’ squad was once again led by senior Ryan Cleary, who finished seventh and medaled out of 205 runners. Junior Aaron Meraz was next across for the Eagles in 25th place, senior Colton Barnes was 53rd, senior Tanner Mann was 83rd, and junior Nelson Morrow rounded out the scoring in 87th. Sophomore Justin McCoy continued is breakthrough season with another personal best of 18:21 for 5k, finishing in 92nd place. Senior Adam Hornyak finished 103rd, junior Jared Rickman ran his best time of the season of 18:38, freshman Cutter Nielsen finished less than 20 seconds behind Jared, and senior Hunter Mann also ran his best time of the fall.

JV Girls

Sophomore Mary Korth ran a solid 26th place out of 113 runners, and sophomore Miranda Dymond finished 85th in the JV division.

JV Boys

In the JV boys’ division, freshman Ryan Shirley finished 27th out of 116 runners with his fastest time of the season, with freshman Scott Owens also running a personal best in 40th place, and sophomore Cowdy Staton took over four minutes off his previous time to finish 78th.

The Eagle Cross Country runners are off this week after five straight weeks of racing, and they’ll be back on the course at UNT on Sept. 28.