Grady takes first place at New­ton X-coun­try meet

The Covington News - - Sports - BRYAN FAZIO bfazio@cov­news.com

New­ton’s Alex Grady took first place on his home turf as he helped New­ton win its own cross coun­try meet on Thurs­day.

The Rams won with 31 points, fol­lowed closely by Rock­dale with 34 and Monticello with 100. Salem (103 points) and Al­covy (108) rounded out the boys’ field.

Al­covy may have tied Salem for sec­ond place in the girls’ field with 41 points, but the Tigers were barely edged out for the top spot by Rock­dale, which fin­ished with 40 points.

Grady fin­ished in a time of 16:43.9, fol­lowed by New­ton’s Gabrielle Al­varez in 16:57.0 and New­ton’s She­mar Ran­nie in 18:02.1.

Rock­dale’s Ant­wonette Thomas took first place for the girls with a time of 20:54.8. Al­covy’s El­iz­a­beth Smith fin­ished sec- ond in 23.59.0.

Other area fin­ish­ers in the boys’ field were New­ton’s Kameron Wal­lace in seventh with a time of 18.43.3, Sean McDuffie in eighth with a time of 18.43.9 and Ran­dolph Bar­rett in 14th in 20:23.5.

Al­covy’s high­est boys’ fin­isher was Parish Lee in 17th in a time of 20:56.7. Jeremy Branch fin­ished 22nd in 22:07., Blake Ste­wart 24th in 22:09.2, Brian Lind­sey 26th in 22:12.9, Dal­ton 36th in 23:30.2, Gregg Perry in 39th in 24:10.8, Ethan Le­Je­une in 44th in 24:24.5 and Harold Monte 45th in 24:31.4 for the Tigers.

Al­covy’s top fin­ish­ers on the girls’ side were Arana Martin in seventh in 25:52.7, Alexis Em­manuel in eighth in 26:04.2, Bri­anna Archer in 10th in 26:33.4, Melissa Heard in 18th in 32:23.0 and Maranda Martin in 21st in 33:14.6.

Maiya New­ton led New­ton with a sixth-place fin­ished 25:29.8.

The East­side soft­ball team won for the first time in three games Thurs­day but still left a lit­tle to be de­sired by Ea­gles’ coach Ja­son Stokes.

East­side de­feated Mon­roe Area 3-2, pick­ing up the one-run vic­tory over a 7-10 team (1-2 8-AAAA) af­ter los­ing a dra­matic game the day be­fore. East­side’s vic­tory came af­ter a one-run, 1-2 eight-in­ning loss to Al­covy, which boasts a much bet­ter team than the Hur­ri­canes, sit­ting at 10-2-1 and a mem­ber of the state’s high­est clas­si­fi­ca­tion.

“We played 10 times bet­ter against Al­covy than against Mon­roe,” Stokes said. “They were lack­adai-

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