By Jordan Miller
Sports Editor –
Carrollton senior runner Cole Lovett led the Carrollton boys cross country team to a fifth place finish at the 48th annual Malone Invitational Saturday at Canton.
Lovett entered the final lap of the Division II race in third place. He passed the two lead runners in the final mile to claim the championship title in a time of 16:07.9, just over eight seconds faster than the second place finisher.
Senior Quinton Huggett finished 15th with a time of 17:15.8; junior Daniel Lampe posted a 25th place finishing with a time of 17:47.6; freshman Alex Carrothers finished 41st with a time of 18:20.6; andsophomore Jon Russell placed 50th with a time of 18:36.5.
Rounding out the Carrollton scoring were junior Noah Carrothers in a time of 19:01.3, finishing 65th; sophomore Connor Rutledge, 70th with a time of 19:10.8; sophomore Jayson Naylor, 71st with a time of 19:13.5 and senior Justin Babe 80th with a time of 19:32.5.
There were 16 teams in the Division II boys race.
In the girls race, Carrollton finished 8th overall out of nine schools with 180 points in the Division I race.
Sophomore Micah Donley led Carrollton with a time of 21:01.9, placing 22nd.
Senior Hailey Wells placed 24th with a time of 21:09.4; sophomore Cindy Lewis, 37th with a time of 21:50.2; junior Grace Bartlow, 47th in 22:27.7; junior Emmy Days, 52nd with a time of 22:49.1, freshman Jennie Stine, 61st with a time of 23:2.2; junior Kierra Gubesch, 62nd with a time of 23:30.4. and sophomore Victoria Taylor, 64th with a time of 23:34.1.
Carrollton senior Maddie Dunlap did not compete in the Malone Invitational. She ran a work-out course instead.
The cross-country teams will race at Cambridge Oct. 1. The race will begin at 10 a.m.