Hague fifth, Williams eighth at Eureka

The Marion cross-country team competed at Eureka Tuesday.

“This week at Eureka, our team performed very well,” coach Dmitry Bucklin said. “It is always a lot of fun to watch our runners, but it is even more fun when you know that your team is proud of the work they are doing.”

Emily Hague set a new personal record for the season, trimming about 32 seconds from her previous best to achieve her first time under 22 minutes this year. Hague covered the 5-kilometer course in 21 minutes, 53 seconds, good for fifth place overall.

“(Emily) had a very strong race,” Bucklin said. “(She) was able to pull ahead of a girl at the finish and beat her by less than one-tenth of a second.”

Meggan Frese trimmed about 48 seconds from her previous best time, finishing with a time of 23:21 to earn the 13th-place medal.

“Meggan had a very strong race and finished with a PR,” Bucklin said. “She was able to use this course to her advantage and pass people through the entire race going up and down the hills.”

Completing the girls’ competitors, Bethany Grimmett was 24th (26:21), Luisa Junqueira 36th (personal-best 30:37) and AJ Arterburn 38th (31:11).

Meanwhile, Colin Williams paced the boys with an eighth-place finish in 18:43 to earn a medal.

“Colin was just shy of a PR for this meet,” Bucklin said. “He worked hard through the entire race.”

Tyler Arocha trimmed about 30 seconds from his previous best, finishing 33rd in 20:29. Devin Regnier was 40th (20:59). Ethan Darnall was 42nd in the junior varsity race (21:05).

“There was a nice, long hill on the back side of the course that they had to run twice,” Bucklin said. “I know that is not every runner’s dream to be able to do that, but they all did great with that challenge. As a team we work hard on how to run hills. I think that practice has paid off.”

Coming—Marion will travel to Inman tomorrow for the Heart of America league meet. Races are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.

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