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Runner Walters leads the pack
Sets new course record
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Maddy Walters won the girls varsity race at the 5th Annual Eagle Run at East Jackson High School Saturday.

Walters set a new course record with a time of 18:59:09 to finish 33-seconds ahead of second place finisher Taylor Long of West Hall. Hall competed the course in 19:32.83.

Walters broke her old course record by 13 seconds.

There were 84 runners in the girls' varsity race.

The Lady Tigers finished third as a team behind first place Athens Christian, and second place West Hall. There were 10 teams entered in the race.

Walters was followed by teammates: Rachael Gloeckner (21:38) Morgan Collette (22:38) Morgan Williams (22:46) Savanna Estes(23:09) Summer Lewis (25:02) and Christine Schmid (25:12).

"I was really happy on how the girls ran Saturday. They ran great as a team. The seniors are really showing their leadership this year and it is paying off," said Head Coach Brian DeRose.

The boys' team ran perfectly as a team and had a strong showing at East Jackson as well.

The Tigers were led by Jon Erickson (17:51) Chris Bywaletz (17:52) Tyler Thurmond (18:12) Preston Adams (18:20) Josh Styles (18:32) Jake Hafermalz (18:34) and Sam Wentworth (18:51).

"The guys ran perfectly as a team. If they keep this teamwork up, they have a good chance of winning region for the first time at the end of next month at Oglethorpe," DeRose said.

The guys' team placed third out of the 11 team field.

"Both teams are looking strong for where we are now in the season. We have a lot of experience running these teams with our seniors. These kids know how to race and have been racing together for a few years now, and its showing up on the course," DeRose said.

"We are on pace for our post season goals. Both teams would like to finish in the top four in the state meet ... This is the year to do it. Barring any injury or illness, we should make a run at it," he added.