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The East Canton cross country team competed in its annual canoe race on July 17 at the Canoe Livery in Canal Fulton.
This was the 41st time that the team has held the race. Five sets of canoes with two people in each canoe, raced down the canal and back. The canoeing time and the the two runners' times are added together, and the best overall time wins.
This year's winners were junior Jake Bellamy and freshman Demetrius Snellenberger. Their combined time of 2:27.40 beat the next group by 13 minutes. This was Bellamy's third win in a row. He previously won with two other partners in 2014 and 2015.
Second place went to the team of junior Tony Cappillo and freshman Mason Cain with an overall time of 2:41.04. Third place went to the team of sophomore Kyeem Newell-Owens and freshman Aaron Heaviln. They finished with a time of 3:05.19.
Sophomore Colt Hemphill and junior Gabe Jones just did the canoeing part due to injuries which prevented them from running. Also competing were freshman Jacob Waters and coach Alex Loy. Snellenberger ran the fastest time of the day at 32:05. That is not only the best freshman time ever recorded but also one of the best times on the course. He had a slight advantage as he ran the course as an eighth grader last year.
The second best time of the day went to Newell-Owens at 33:38. This was a 44-second improvement from last year's race.
Third overall went to Tony Cappillo at 36:23. It was his first time finishing the race as he was slowed by injury last year.
Bellamy was next at 43:57, good for 3:04 better than last year. Cain clocked in at 46:57 and Heaviln finished with a time of 54:41.
Loy and Waters both ran half the race. Head girls coach Tom Loy and assistant coach Jason Wade both helped during the race.
Head coach Lee Sternberg noted he was extremely pleased by the results and hoped this would spur the team to work even harder in the summer.