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Eagle boys XC team picks up pair of wins

The Tyrone boys cross country team picked up a pair of wins against Lewistown and Bellefonte on Tuesday, running on the Lewistown course.
Led by a one-two finish for Rich Stever and Dustin Elder, the Eagle boys knocked off their hosts 15-50 and edged Bellefonte 26-29 to even their record at 2-2.
Stever, who was the top local runner at the Altoona Invitational over the weekend, finished in 18:36 at Lewistown with Elder coming in second in 19:22. Following Lewistown’s Jake Shultz in third, and Bellefonte’s Nick Fronicola in fourth, was Tyrone’s Nathan Kruis in19:45 to give the Golden Eagles three of the first five runners overall.
“I am very pleased with the boy races today,” said Tyrone cross country coach Tammy Wills. “Rich, Dustin, and Nathan all ran really good solid races. Derrick Wilson, Evan Lewis, and Ben Smerkar really had a great day. They knew going in that they were all going to have to step things up because we were missing three of our key runners and we needed them to close the gap. All of them did this and it showed.”
Just outside of the top 10 in a group were Derrick Wilson, 11th in 24:13, Evan Lewis, 12th in 24:54 and Ben Smerekar who was 13th in 25:13 for the Eagles.
The girls ran well individually, but were hurt by the lack of numbers problem, a situatuin which has hindered several of the Tyrone girls sports over recent years. Tyrone (0-4) was beaten by Lewsitown 42-15 and by Bellefonte 44-15.
Christina Daugherty was the top Lady Eagle runner with an overall 10th place spot in 26:42 with teammates Ashley Ford (11th in 26:50) and Kayla Patton 12th in 27:-6) just behind. Annie Daugherty was 16th in 31:16, Rachel Clapper was 18th in 34:19 and Meghan Miller was 19th in 36:01 for the Lady Eagles.
“Our girls did well, today and although it didn’t prove a winning day for us for the first time in a long, time we were able to run a full girls team,” said coach Wills. “They all ran races to be proud of. Christina Daughtery led our girls and she ran a good strong race Ashely Ford, Kayla Patton, Annie Daughenbaugh, Rachelle Clapper, and Meghan Miller are all coming along well. We have a lot of talent and they are making bigger and bigger strides with every race. They all looked strong and more comfortable on the course today.”