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HUNTINGTON — Two races into the season, Columbia City cross country is starting to get a good taste of where it stands among the best the state has to offer.
No. 14 state ranked Lady Eagles are staking their claim around northeast Indiana with the help of a freshman standout.
In just her second career race at the high school level, Samantha Roush proved herself Saturday finishing second at the Huntington Invitational.
Roush’s second consecutive runner-up finish helped the Lady Eagles finish fourth out of a talented field of 13 teams that included No. 11 Huntington North and Carroll.
“Sammy ran an overall phenomenal race,” said Columbia City coach Bob Fahl. “The girls did a great job both individual and as a team.”
Senior Renee Menzie was eighth behind Roush’s leading time of 19:09.
Seven runners finished in the top 40 for CC. Others included: Samantha Engle 21st (20:41), Brooke Werstler 32nd (21:03), Laken Lefever 35th (21:11), Carlee Hearld 39th (21:24), Erin Knepple 40th (21:28).
The boys side of the day had the Eagles finishing 10th out of 15 teams.
For the second consecutive race Brendon Zoltek led the Eagles with a top finish of 29th (17:31).
Freshman Evan Harney was right on his heels in 31st (17:32).
Others finishes included: Adam Bernhard 68th (18:36), Ian Rooda-Baker 69th (18:37), Trevor Maggart 73rd (18:50), David Potter 75th (18:54), Connor Slavicek 98th (20:25).