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MARION – It was a good day for the Canton/Galva cross country teams as they three harriers finish in the top six of their divisions on Thursday at the Marion Cross Country Invitational.

Morgan Becker led the Eagle harriers by bringing home a second-place finish in the boys’ varsity race with a time of 17:20 which broke his own school record while doing so. Christian Darrah ran his personal best with a run of 18:00 which gave him a third-place finish. Asher Brown of Remington won the boys varsity division.

“Morgan (Becker) said he felt really good through the first two miles and was able to push through the third mile to finish second,” explained Eagle Head Coach Lyle Silsby. “Christian (Darrah) also said he felt really good throughout the race and was able to push harder because of the cooler weather today.”

The only other Eagle varsity boy’s runner was Hayden Lance and he ran a personal best with a run of 20:02 which was good enough to finish 16th.

For the Lady Eagle harriers, Sofia Boninsegna set a new school record for the girls with a run time of 22:50 which gave her a 6th place finish. Lucy Brown of Remington won the girls varsity race.

“I knew the way Sofia (Boninsegna) has been training that she would probably get the record by the end of the season,” noted Coach Silsby. “But now she has several more attempts to better it, so we will see how it goes.”

For the Eagle boy’s junior varsity, Ethan Unruh also scored a personal best with a run of 21:54 which gave him a finish of fifth, while Isiah Patton ran a personal best of 22:08 to place tenth and Andrew Prieb finished 29th with a time of 29:06.

Aleah Peres ran a personal best of 25:43 to finish fifth for the Lady Eagles junior varsity harriers while Sarah Kendall also ran a personal best as she finished 13th with a run of 31:10.

“It is great to see the kids seeing the payoff of all the hard work they have been putting in,” said Coach Silsby as he finished his coach reflections of the meet. “I know they all have more in the tank and will keep improving as the season progresses.”

Next up for the Eagle harriers will be a trip to run at Berean Academy next Thursday.

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