DEA finishes fifth in cross country

by | November 17, 2004 12:00 am

By ANDY CALLAWAY

By ANDY CALLAWAY

David Emanuel Academy fielded it’s first ever boys varsity cross country team this fall and finished fifth at the GISA region 2-AA meet held at Trinity Christian school in Dublin.

Junior Frank Wimberly finished eleventh overall with a time of 23:57 to come in as the top Eagle finisher. Freshman Brandon Blount finished fifteenth, junior Chris Henry was eighteenth, senior Chris Lanier was twenty-sixth and Russell Lamb came in at 31 for the Eagle harriers.

DEA coach Andy Callaway was pleased with the effort given by his team. “All five of these young men also play football. They were willing to stay after football practice to train for cross country and even give up their time on weekends to practice. It was a pleasure working with five young men that were willing to work hard and make the necessary sacrifices in order to compete”.

DEA also had six runners compete in the middle school region meet held on the same day. Michael Lamb and Mason Russell ran in the boys race while Jessica Wimberly, Caitlin Lamm, Coty Garrett and LouAnn Beecher competed for the girls.

“I was really proud of our middle school runners also” said Callaway. “We got started late with their training but they went out and gave a great effort anyway.”

Cross country is a sport that has a future at DEA according to Callaway. “This year, being our first time running, was a learning experience. Next year we plan on going in full force with hopefully a full squad of elementary, middle school and varsity runners. Many of the GISA schools that are nearby now have cross country at all three of theses levels so it’s only fitting that we join in as well. And even if you have small numbers you can still provide someone an opportunity to compete as an individual.”

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