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Tyrone boys take race from Juniata Valley

The Tyrone boys cross country team climbed over the .500 mark by demolishing Juniata Valley 15-50 on the Tyrone course on Tuesday afternoon. The Lady Eagles dropped a 50-15 decision to the Juniata Valley girls.
“I was very happy with both teams today,” said Tyrone cross country coach Tammy Wills. “Juniata valley has a great course and the kids really enjoy running it, but it is a tough course.
Numbers was a problem for the Tyrone girls and the Juniata Valley boys. Each of those two teams had only four runners . Five runners are required to score in cross country meets and the score 15-50 is equivalent to a shutout in other sports.
The Golden Eagles (4-3) Dustin Elder, Nathan Kruise and Bradley McNeal finished one-two-three to lead the hosts to the win. Elder (19:52), Kruise (20:36) and McNeal (20:38) ran in a pack, while Randy Wilson (tied for fifth in 21:40) and Philip Kreckle (seventh in 22:21) gave the Eagles five of the first seven racers to finish, and teammate Daniel Kilgus rounded out the top 10 with a 10th place finish in 24:49.
Caleb Dillon (18th and Ben Smerekar (19th) also competed for Tyrone.
David Lamberson was the first Juniata Valley runner across the finish line with a fourth place finish in 21:19.
“Our boys did a great job,” said Wills. “They stayed tight as a group. Our times were a little slower, however, I think that was because of the size of JV’s team and not having their guys push our guys. David Lamberson and Labon Wenger (tied for fifth) were both able to break up our pack. Looking ahead to the next few weeks,
“I think that we are where we want to be at this time.”
Christina Dougherty was the first Lady Eagle across the line with a fifth place finish in 26:15, followed by Selena Bradigan (ninth in 30:22), Amber Davis (11th in 35:16) and Brittany Hosband (12th in 39:33).
Stazia Stallman was first for Juniata Valley in 24:07.
“Our girls had the numbers problem once again. Juniata Valley had a full girls team,” said Wills. “We didn’t. Our girls did well. Juniata valley has a super girls team, but our girls went out and gave it their all.”