Belpre’s Eli Fullerton makes it five wins in as many races in 2019

Golden Eagles junior defends Belpre Invitational title

Photo by Jordan Holland Belpre’s Eli Fullerton celebrates as he crosses the finish line first at Saturday’s Belpre Invitational at Civitan Park.

BELPRE — Five races into the 2019 high school cross country season, Eli Fullerton still hasn’t lost.

The Belpre junior is a perfect five-for-five this season. Saturday, Fullerton successfully defended his Belpre Invitational title, placing first in the race with a time of 16:04 at Civitan Park.

Fullerton, who expressed his excitement upon crossing the finish line, attributed his red hot start to the training he did in the offseason.

“It feels really good knowing that all the hard work over the summer has paid off, and just getting out there with the team,” he said.

Fullerton admitted winning his hometown race had some added meaning.

“It means a lot,” he said. “Having the whole atmosphere here, know a lot of people from town. Just to defend the title — I knew I had a lot of good competition coming in today. Just tried to keep up with everybody hopefully get them at the end.”

Fullerton held off runner-up Carter Lipscomb from Doddridge County. Lipscomb finished in 16:14, pushing the Golden Eagle and giving him some incentive to finish strong.

“I knew he was a faster runner than me, time-wise, this season so far,” Fullerton said. “I just tried to stay with him for the whole race and at the end I was going to try to pick it up with about half left, trying to wear him out. Once we got on top of the hill over here, I just tried to take it all out.

“I’m just happy to be able to have this God-given gift and to use it for His glory and just show everybody what cross country is and have fun doing it.”

Doddridge County edged Ritchie County for the boys team title. The Bulldogs defeated the Rebels 83-85.

Warren placed fourth as a team with 144 points. Brennan Perdue was the top finisher at 17th (17:45). Bryson Angelo (23rd, 18:04), Justin Pate (27th, 18:18), Matthew Rauch (42nd, 18:57) and Andrew Vincent (51st, 19:54) also scored for the Warriors.

Jackson Plummer finished 16th with a time of 17:43 to complement Fullerton and help the Jen Wells-coached Golden Eagles place fifth. Davis Leach (26th, 18:16), Evan Wells (52nd, 19:12) and Andrew Miranda (68th, 20:02) also scored for Belpre.

Other local top 10 finishers were Parkersburg’s Franklin Angelos (third, 16:30) and Caldwell’s Mason Ackley (seventh, 16:52).

Scoring for Marietta High, which finished 12th (311) as a team, were Ethan Young (54th, 19:24), Jack Wesel (60th, 19:27), Dean Morris (63rd, 19:39), Nathan Johnson (86th, 20:44) and Isaac Lough (95th, 21:00)

Woodrow Wilson (73) won the girls team title ahead of runner-up Caldwell (99)

Gallia Academy’s Sarah Watts (19:44) won the individual title.

The Redskins were led by Sage Speck’s 10th-place finish (21:38). Johnna Baker (17th, 22:14), Zoey Crock (25th, 22:36), Chloe McAuley (26th, 22:42), Calli Hesson (28th, 22:52) and Rachel Turner (29th, 22:55) formed a nice pack to help propel Caldwell in the team standings.

Eighth-place St. Marys was led by Erica Davis’ ninth-place finish (21:33) followed closely by Josey Moore in 13th (21:48).

The Marietta Tigers followed in ninth place with a score of 215. Lyncolnn Tyan placed 11th with a time of 21:40. Sage Austin (22:25) was 22nd, Madison Lee (24:12) was 50th, Celia Minard (26:06) was 72nd and Emma Pfeiffer (27:18) was 86th to round out Marietta’s scoring.

Warren, which placed 11th (216), was led by Allison Werry’s time of 21:44, which was good for 12th. Lily Herriott (37th, 23:17), Devanne Reynolds (45th, 23:47), Tessa Haffner (64th, 25:12) and Rey Tanner (76th, 26:14) also scored for the Warriors.

Host Belpre finished 13th with Karley Bell (49th) posting a team-best time of 24:11. Maddie Sprigg (53rd, 24:24), Kelly Erb (58th, 24:55), Carissa Spring (66th, 25:29) and Jaylynn Wright (87th, 27:19) posted the other scoring efforts for the Golden Eagles.

Waterford’s Kaylor Offenberger clocked in at 22:04 to place 15th.

Ashlynn Jarvis placed 24th (22:36) to lead Federal Hocking.

Like Fullerton, Belpre Middle School’s Blake Rodgers not only won his fifth race in five tries, he repeated as the Belpre Invite champ with a time 10:37.

Doddridge’s Katie Cottrill (12:10) won the girls’ middle school title.

‘Jackets girls dominate

at Spartan Invite

BOARDMAN, Ohio — Out of 30 Division III girls teams competing in Saturday’s Spartan Cross Country Invitational at Boardman High School, Williamstown was by far the best.

The Yellowjackets’ dominance continued as the WHS girls placed first with a score 96, besting runner-up Marion Center’s 147.

Behind only McDonald’s Anna Guerra (19:29.0), Ella Hesson took home runner-up honors with a time of 20:10.4 to lead the Larry Cassidy-coached ‘Jackets.

Also in the top 10 was Natalie Sawin, who placed ninth with a time of 21:12.7. Chloe Lightfritz wasn’t far behind, clocking in at 21:27.1 to place 14th.

Emilee Ellison crossed the finish line in 31st place with a time of 22:13.5, while Brianna Winsett finished in 22:28.7, good for 40th.

Rounding out Williamstown’s finishers were Brookelyn Reynolds in 60th (23:09.7) and Isabel Kaiden in 120th (25:02.4).

On the boys’ side, Williamstown finished 22nd as a team. Alex Cockerham posted the squad’s best finish, coming in 67th with a time of 19:08.


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