City hits ground running at Huntington
Freshman Samantha Roush runs to her second consecutive second-place finish in just two races at the high school level. Roush took second at the Huntington Invitational Saturday.
HUNTINGTON — Two races into the season, Columbia City cross country is starting to get a good taste of where it stands among the best the state has to offer.
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No. 14 state ranked Lady Eagles are staking their claim around northeast Indiana with the help of a freshman standout.
In just her second career race at the high school level, Samantha Roush proved herself Saturday finishing second at the Huntington Invitational.
Roush’s second consecutive runner-up finish helped the Lady Eagles finish fourth out of a talented field of 13 teams that included No. 11 Huntington North and Carroll.
“Sammy ran an overall phenomenal race,” said Columbia City coach Bob Fahl. “The girls did a great job both individual and as a team.”
Senior Renee Menzie was eighth behind Roush’s leading time of 19:09.
Seven runners finished in the top 40 for CC. Others included: Samantha Engle 21st (20:41), Brooke Werstler 32nd (21:03), Laken Lefever 35th (21:11), Carlee Hearld 39th (21:24), Erin Knepple 40th (21:28).
The boys side of the day had the Eagles finishing 10th out of 15 teams.
For the second consecutive race Brendon Zoltek led the Eagles with a top finish of 29th (17:31).
Freshman Evan Harney was right on his heels in 31st (17:32).
Others finishes included: Adam Bernhard 68th (18:36), Ian Rooda-Baker 69th (18:37), Trevor Maggart 73rd (18:50), David Potter 75th (18:54), Connor Slavicek 98th (20:25).