ALBANY, Ohio — As Taylor Palmer goes, so go the Lady Eagles.
The Eastern junior and her running mates came away with their third consecutive titles Saturday afternoon during the 2013 Tri-Valley Conference cross country championships held at Lake Snowden in Athens County.
The Lady Eagles captured the program’s third consecutive TVC Hocking team title by posting a final tally of 26 points, which was a dozen spots ahead of runner-up Trimble (38). Federal Hocking was the only other girls team in the Hocking Division race and finished the day with 57 points.
Palmer captured her third consecutive individual TVC crown, beating out 21 other competitors with a winning time of 19:47.6. Teammate Asia Michael was the overall runner-up with a mark of 20:04.1, while Laura Pullins was sixth overall with a time of 21:22.1.
Keri Lawrence placed eighth with a mark of 21:48.5 and Kourtney Lawrence rounded out the team scoring with a 14th place effort of 23:44.0
Southern’s lone female participant, Joyce Weddle, was 10th overall with a time of 21:55.3.
On the girls side of the TVC Ohio Division, Athens came away with the team title after posting a final tally of 20. Alexander was the runner-up with 72 points, while Meigs was third with 88 points. Vinton County (91), Nelsonville-York (130) and Wellston (142) respectively rounded out the team finishes.
Allyson Malone of Alexander beat out 62 other competitors for the individual crown with a winning time of 19:12.5. Emily Cass of Athens was the overall runner-up with a mark of 19:28.2.
Haley Kennedy paced the Lady Marauders with a 13th place effort of 21:32.6, followed by Gracie Hoffman (21:41.9) and Lara Perrin (21:48.8) with respective finishes of 16th and 17th.
Cheyenne Gorslene was 28th overall with a time of 24:14.0 and Tara Walzer-Kuharic rounded out the team tally by finishing 43rd overall with a mark of 26:37.7.
Athens came away with the TVC Ohio boys crown as well after posting a winning tally of 20 points. Vinton County was second with 48 points, while Meigs landed third place with 64 points. Alexander (123) and Nelsonville-York (130) rounded out the scoring in the five-team field.
Sam Stevens-Jones of Athens won the individual TVC Ohio crown with a mark of 16:27.9, while teammate Tag Hauschild was the overall runner-up with a mark of 16:57.3.
Dillon Mahr led the Marauders with a ninth place finish of 18:12.4, followed by Jacob Swindell in 10th place with a time of 18:15.6. Mitchell Howard (18:56.9), Jared Kennedy (19:08.2) and Isaiah English (19:08.4) rounded out the team scoring with respective finishes of 14th, 15th and 16th.
Brandon Mahr (19:10.8) was 19th out of 46 competitors, while Jaxon Meadows (21:32.7) and Aaron Dunham (22:58.1) respectively placed 32nd and 40th. Colton Atkinson was also 42nd overall with a time of 24:07.9.
Belpre won the TVC Hocking boys title with 23 points. Southern was the runner-up with 47 points, while Trimble rounded out the three-team field with 51 points.
Eli Strahler of Waterford beat out 24 other competitors to win the individual crown with a mark of 17:03.7. Kyle Windland of Belpre was the overall runner-up with a time of 17:24.2.
Bradley McCoy paced the Tornadoes with a ninth place finish of 18:35.3, followed by Joseph Morris (19:35.2) in 11th and Chris Yeater (20:35.5) in 17th overall. Dimitrius Lamm (20:46.5) and Jacob Weddle (20:58.1) rounded out the team scoring with respective finishes of 19th and 20th. Austin Wolfe was also 24th for SHS with a time of 22:08.5.
Eastern had two male competitors in the TVC Hocking race, with Tyson Long leading the way with a 10th place finish of 19:31.8. Brock Smith was also 18th overall with a mark of 20:46.2.
It is the sixth time in the last nine seasons that at least one Meigs County participant has come away with an individual championship in cross country at the TVC meet. The top five finishers in each of the four races also earn All-TVC accolades for the 2013 campaign.
Complete results of the 2013 Tri-Valley Conference cross country championships are available on the web at baumspage.com