Pictured, is RCHS Lady Eagle cross-country runner, Emma Blazer, running during a recent meet in Chattanooga.

(Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020 edition)

The Rhea County High School (RCHS) Eagle cross-country team competed in a meet hosted by Brainerd High School on Tuesday, Oct. 6.

Valarie Nevans paced the Lady Eagles with a 29th-place finish, with a time of 26:55. Ann Moses was 33rd at 27:05, Emma Blazer was 34th at 27:11 and Alyssa Morris was 36th at 28:41.

Out of 12 teams, the Rhea boys garnered a fifth-place finish. Will Russell led the Eagles by placing 16th, with a time of 18:18. William Ta was 17th at 18:27, Alex Moss was 22nd at 18:46, Nathan Massengill was 30th at 19:25, Alvin Bishop was 44th at 20:20, David Schaeffer was 46th at 20:22 and Dylan Hoffman was 54th at 21:05.

In the boys’ junior varsity race, Gabe Cathey led the Eagles with a 27th-place finish, with a time of 21:21. Zach Sampley was 33rd at 21:57, Jackson Myers was 39th at 22:24 and Malachi Romero was 47th at 23:10.

RCHS cross-country head coach, Amy Baird, was proud of her teams’ efforts for the meet.

“Times were fast for this meet, which seemed to be associated with a slightly short course,” said Baird. “But, nonetheless, our boys team had a great showing. We competed well against the Regional schools that were there (only being beaten by Cleveland). Our girls improved on their times; however, we couldn’t score as a team because we were down three runners. This season has definitely presented some challenges, but my hope is that everything will come together for regionals in a few weeks.”