BY JEREMY SCHNEIDER | MIRROR SPORTS — Eric Board ended his junior season in Columbus at the state cross country meet and if he wants his senior year to end in a similar fashion, he got off on the right foot.
Board posted a time of 16:47 at the season-opening Norm Bray Invitational last Saturday in Fremont. Board beat out 144 other runners for the top spot.
While Board is looking to wrap up his high school career in Columbus, Maumee freshman Lucy Porter came out with a bang in her first varsity race for the Panthers.
Porter won the girls race at the Norm Bray Invitational in 20:02, a full 47 seconds ahead of second place.
“It sure was nice to see two individual champions from Maumee to represent our cross country program,” said Panthers coach Karen Brebberman. “Both Eric and Lucy have been working hard all summer and putting in summer miles to help with their victories.
“Much of their training was in the extreme summer heat, which both physically and mentally prepared them to compete on Saturday.”
Nick Johnstone placed 15th in the boys race for Maumee. The senior ran the course in 17:50.
Sophomore Vaughn Gugger and juniors Caden Leck and Dru Albright rounded out the top runners for the Panthers.
Maumee finished eighth as a team.
On the girls side, senior Sydney King placed 21st in 22:44. Sophomore Emily Swartz was third for Panthers and junior Claire Farthing and sophomore Kyleigh Delaney completed the top five.
The Panthers finished fifth as a team. They will be back in action this Saturday at the Mel Brodt Invitational at Bowling Green State University.