The lady Mountaineers’ cross country team scored a perfect 15 points to win the Mustang October Meet in Cullowhee on Tuesday afternoon. A perfect score is achieved when a team sweeps the first five places in a meet. The perfect score was the third registered by Tuscola this year.

Eva Rinker again led wire to wire, crossing the finish line in under 20 minutes for the first time this year with a time of 19:50. Alexis Stevenson continued her string of second places finishes, crossing the finish line in 20:43.

“Eva’s PR is 19:12 so yesterday was not her best. I expect her to go under 19 over the next three weeks when she will be racing faster competition,” Tuscola head coach Kevin FitzGerald said. “Alexis has met the challenge and ran her PR. Her stride is very deceiving, she shuffles along and you would never pick her to run as fast or place that high, yet she does it week after week. She is one tough lady.”

The Pisgah girls team again fielded only two runners, not qualifying for a team total. Gaby Lara Arredondo hit finished 40th with a 30:05. Essalina Curlee placed 47th with a 34:24.

On the boys side, Tuscola’s Andrew DelBene is on a roll. DelBene took fourth place overall, timing a personal record of 17:36. DelBene has improved his time week after week this season, peaking just in time for the conference championship meet next week.

Pisgah freshman Daniel Sayblack again scored in the top ten with a sixth place finish in 18:14.

Franklin’s boys took first place in the team scoring with Tuscola finishing third and Pisgah placing fifth.

Next up is the Mountain Seven conference meet at Jackson Park in Hendersonville on Tuesday, Oct. 19th.

Individual girls results

1) Eva Rinker (T) 19:50

2) Alexis Stevenson (T) 20:43

3) Hannah Downs (T) 21:14

4) Luci Snyder Lowe (T) 21:25

5) Selah Hill (T) 21:41

7) Skylar Ball (T) 22:12

20) Gracie Rinker (T) 24:29

22) Annalisse Phillips (T) 24:38

23) Annaleah Hill (T) 24:43

40) Gaby Lara Arredondo (P) 30:05

47) Essalina Curlee (P) 34:24

Girls team results

1) Tuscola 15

2) West Henderson 64

3) Smoky Mountain 74

4) Franklin 83

5) East Henderson 135

Individual boys results

4) Andrew Delbene (T) 17:36

6) Daniel Sayblack (P) 18:14

12) Jordan Lombard (T) 19:23

13) Noah Clancy (T) 19:25

17) Christopher Wells (T) 19:41

19) Pressley Edmonds (P) 19:50

25) Christian Basulto (P) 20:42

26) Bryce Cope (T) 20:46

29) Grayson Reece (P) 21:10

30) Aleck Tiller (P) 21:10

34) Armand Basulto (P) 21:56

41) Robert Riker (T) 23:31

46) Jonah Webb (P) 25:31

Boys team results

1) Franklin 43

2) Smoky Mountain 60

3) Tuscola 72

4) East Henderson 85

5) Pisgah 109

6) West Henderson 125

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