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The East Canton girls cross country team ran its 27th annual 100-mile relay on June 20.
Eighteen girls took turns running one mile legs of the relay until 100 miles were completed. This year, it took 13 hours and 33 minutes for the relay baton to travel 100 miles. Many former runners, family and friends came out to support and pace the girls throughout the day.
Emily Cain led the way for the team as the junior completed eight miles for the day. She had the fastest mile of the day of 6:34 for four laps on the track.
Senior Ja'Bria Knight completed seven miles as did junior Mary Reichard and freshman Autumn Norris.
Seven girls ran six miles. This group included sophomore Bria Robinson and freshmen Emily Bigler, Brianna Martino, Marie Murphy, Danielle Lebo, Erica Robinson and Abby Reichard.
Lena Dotson, Alexis Pennell and freshman Victoria Wertz each carried the baton for five miles to contribute to the team.
Juniors Addsion Loy and Savannah Yacklin were able to run four miles each while senior Ashlynn Almasy and sophomore Hanna Mossgrove contributed 3 miles each. Almasy had the best average of 6:40 per mile and her and Mossgrove are both coming off injuries.
Camieya Newell-Owens was unable to run due to injury, but contributed to the cause with support and help in timing her teammates through a long, hot day.
The purpose of the 100-mile relay is to build team relationships and to raise funds for the upcoming season. Each team member is to get sponsors or donations for their efforts. Donations are still welcome by contacting any team member or by contacting coach Tom Loy at 330 284-4784.