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The Alice Lloyd College Eagles Cross Country squad ventured to Berea in the early morning hours on Saturday to participate in a conference meet. The race was held on the campus of Berea College.

On the men’s side, 69 runners toed the starting line for the 8K race. When the dust had settled, freshman Greg Randolph (North Laurel) crossed the finish line in 29:17. Randolph’s solid time set a new school record, as the youngster from Laurel County finished 21st overall. He was followed by sophomore Jimmy Noble (Buckhorn) and freshman Ethan Bowling (Jenkins) who completed the course in 33:48 and 34:48, respectively. Rounding out the pack were freshmen Blane Grubbs (Cawood) and Jonathan Aldana (Belfry). Their times were 37:21 and 46:45.

Jimmy Noble and Allison Holbrook

Jimmy Noble and Allison Holbrook

On the women’s end, 59 ladies started the race. For the Eagles, Allison Holbrook was the first to cross the finish line. Her time of 23:41 was good enough for 29th place. Also representing ALC were junior Jerkia Van Dyke and senior Kimberly Schroeder. Their final times were 43:07 and 43:32.

“I felt that this meet was an eye-opener for our young squad,” commented Eagles Coach Gary D. Stepp. “These kids now see the caliber of competition that is in our conference, and I believe they are motivated to push themselves even more. This will only help to make our club stronger come tournament time.” The coach also added, “I think everyone worked hard and it was a nice race for Greg. The good thing is that it allows us all to see where we stand against the conference elite, and we can use this meet to help us improve.”

Alice Lloyd will next run on October 2nd when they will participate in the University of Pikeville Invitational.