Prep cross country: Repeat XC individual winners at Broughton

Repeating as individual winners can be so sweet, especially for senior cross country runners.

Jenna Furr of Caldwell and Jordan Anderson of Fort Frye each notched another first-place finish at the Elizabeth S. Broughton Memorial Invitational at the Broughton Nature & Wildlife Area Saturday.

Team-wise, the Debbie Proctor-coached Warren boys placed three harriers in the top 10 to help the Warriors win the 14th annual event, while the Logan girls captured their division.

Furr covered the 5K race course in a time of 20 minutes, 45.10 seconds. Last year, she crossed the finish line in 21:03.65.

“It feels awesome,” Furr said. “This is a race I really like to win because it’s close to home. And I already have the previous course record and I really wanted to keep that because it’s my senior year. My time was better than last year.”

Logan freshman Emma Hoellrich was runner-up, and Eastern’s Asia Michael placed third. Fort Frye’s Mary Kate McElroy finished fourth.

Caldwell frosh Lindsey Furr and Warren’s Hannah Dugan were seventh and eighth, respectively.

Marietta’s top girls’ finisher was 13th-place Elena Lawson.

“In the beginning, the girl from Logan pushed me,” Jenna Furr said. “About a mile and a half out, I lost her. I want to be pushed.”

The Caldwell cross country standout gave a lot of credit for her running success to her coach.

“Dugan Hill is an amazing coach,” Furr said. “Any girl who has him should feel happy that they have him.”

Furr said she and her Lady Redskin teammates are scheduled to race next weekend at Newcomerstown. So far this season, she has two first places to her credit.

“I want to try to stay undefeated,” Furr said. “I know it’s really hard, but that’s my goal.”

The Caldwell girls’ team finished third, while Fort Frye, Warren and Marietta were 4, 5 and 6, respectively, in the eight school field.

Anderson never trailed in the boys’ race, and won with a clocking of 17:32.70. Last year, he ran the course in 17:30.39.

“It’s a really great feeling,” Anderson said. “It’s like my home course. I come here and practice. I love it here.”

Belpre sophomore Cray Sistrunk was second; Warren’s Parker Blain, third; and Caldwell’s Tanner Harding, fourth. Warren’s Sam Goodman and Brent Ash were fifth and sixth, respectively, while Waterford’s Eli Strahler placed eighth and Fort Frye’s Matthew Cheeseman was 10th to round out the top 10 local runners.

Marietta junior Jake Haught was the Tigers’ first runner to cross the line in 19th place.

“I felt the kids on my back the whole race,” Anderson said. “I try not to look back, but I knew the kid from Warren (Blain), and Tanner Harding were right after me the whole time. They got me worried, no doubt.”

Sistrunk was right there in the hunt as well.

“He (Anderson) got a pretty good lead in the beginning,” Sistrunk said. “But the three of us were gaining on him. If the course had been a little longer, we would’ve had him.”

Anderson said he tried a different running strategy at Broughton this year.

“Last year, I stayed behind a little bit, and kicked it in the second half of the race,” the Cadet running standout said. “This time, I tried to keep the lead the whole race. I went out harder and tried to keep it up. That’s how I won this race. I didn’t want anybody to get too far ahead of me.”

Anderson paused.

“With about 800 meters to go, I thought I was done,” he said. “But you have more than you think.”

After the winning Warren boys’ team, Fort Frye, Caldwell, Belpre and Marietta were 3, 4, 5, and 6, respectively, in the eight-school field.