Dunlap, Lovett finish first at Eastern District races

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Carrollton’s Cole Lovett and Maddie Dunlap shined at the Eastern District cross-country races as they both left Cambridge with first place victories.

Dunlap, Kady Davis, Hailey Wells, Micah Donley, Lovett and Quinton Huggett were all named to First Team All District with their finishes at Districts.

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Carrollton’s Maddie Dunlap runs up a hill before the final straight stretch of the race at Districts hosted at Cambridge.

Dunlap led the Lady runners team to a second place finish behind Morgan High School with a time of 18:39 and a personal best (PR). Other girl runners following Dunlap were: Davis 9th, 20:19; Wells 12th, 20:26; Donley 13th, 20:30; Emmy Days 20th, 21:18; Cindy Lewis 22nd, 21:33; and Grace Bartlow 31st, 22:11.

Lovett led the boys with a time of 15:54, another PR, to a third place finish behind Indian Valley and Sandy Valley.

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Carrollton’s Cole Lovett looks to his right to glance at his time while finishing the uphill course at Cambridge.

Following Lovett were: Huggett 7th, 17:21; Jon Russell 27th, 18:19; Justin Babe 30th, 18:27; Jayson Naylor 32nd, 18:30; Noah Carrothers 38th, 18:42; and Justin Shaw 41st, 18:46.

“It was a good day for us… We want to make sure that we run our best races the last two races of the season at Regionals and State,” said Carrollton cross country Head Coach Mike Aukerman. “I’m happy with the results, obviously a couple trophies would have been better but in the end it’s all about qualifying to the Regional and getting the Regional championship.”

When Aukerman was asked about Lovett and Dunlap he said, “Those two are a rare breed. They do everything that’s asked of them, they make sacrifices away from the training and they do everything right. It’s not by accident that they run the times they do, they’re great kids and they work hard and do the things you ask them to do in terms of workout, eating and sleeping… Both those kids have a great chance of winning Regionals next week and being in the top 10 or 12 in the state come November.”

The Carrollton cross country team will travel to Pickerington High School to run at Regionals Saturday.