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Wentz sets mark as Fairland wins own cross country invitational

PROCTORVILLE - Gone with the Wentz.

Fairland cross country standout Chuck Wentz III set a course record as he led the Dragons to a win in their own invitational meet Tuesday.

Wentz set the course record as he eclipsed the old mark set by Chris Roush of River Valley by 55 seconds. His 17:23 time was also a personal record.

"Chuck really ran a good race. He led from beginning to end," Fairland coach and the runner's father Chuck Wentz said. "But we had a lot of guys who ran well."

Besides Wentz, Eddie Adkins was seventh at 19:25, Aaron Ward 10th at 19:55, Brian King was 14th with a 20:17.

"Eddie Adkins had his best time, as did Aaron Ward, Brian King and Steven Twill. All of them set personal bests," coach Wentz said.

Also running for Fairland were John Siccardi, Dave Goodall and Shane Meadows.

Chris Dirling of Coal Grove was fourth (18:59) while Chesapeake's Adam Slone was fifth (19:10) and Tyler Cravens finished sixth (19:11).

Meigs won the girls meet with Fairland second and Chesapeake third.

Kayla McGhee was fifth at 24:42 to lead the Lady Dragons.

"The girls are running better. Three of our girls are playing volleyball and they've brought their times down by three minutes," coach Wentz said.

Fairland won both the boys' and girls' junior high meets.

The junior Dragons boys' team

had just 20 points to finish ahead of Ashland, Ky., and Rock Hill. Fairland has finished first or second in every meet this season.

Fairland's junior high, which has 18 team members, took places 2 through 8.

The Lady Dragons were the only complete junior high team and took places 3 through 8.

The Chili Fest meet is Saturday in Huntington, W.Va., and the Jackson Invitational is Thursday, Sept. 22.

Fairland Invitational

Boys Team Scores

1. Fairland 61, 2. Ashland, Ky. 75, 3. Coal Grove 129, 4. South Point 153.

Individual Leaders

1. Chuck Wentz (F) 17:23 (course record), 2. Thompson (BC) 17:46, 3. Lutz (Ash) 18:04, 4. Chris Dirling (CG) 18:59, 5. Adam Slone (Ch) 19:10, 6. Tyler Cravens (Ch) 19:11, 7. Eddie Adkins (F) 19:25, 8. Robinette (BC) 19:29, 9. Pines (Meigs) 19:38, 10. Aaron Ward (F) 19:55;

11. Dugan (Ash) 19:58, 12. Andy Burgess (SP) 20:06, 13. Zach Nelson (RH) 20:14, 14. Brian King (F) 20:17, 15. Tinkleman (Ash) 20:34, 16. Tatum (Ash) 20:39, 17. Milum (SV) 20: 47, 18. Halleck (SV) 20:59, 19. Steven Twill (F) 21:13, 20. Martin (Ash) 21:48.

Participating teams: Fairland, Ironton, Coal Grove, Rock Hill, Chesapeake, South Point, Meigs, Ashland, Ky., Boyd County, Ky., Spring Valley,W.Va.

Girls' Team Score

1. Meigs 46, 2. Fairland 98, 3. Chesapeake 112.

Individual Leaders

1. Callie Lemons (SV) 21:15, 2. Adams (Ash) 22:13, 3. Kim Swisher (Meg) 22:36, 4. Holliday (Meg) 24:09, 5. Kayla McGhee (F) 24:42, 6. Rentz (BC) 24:51, 7. Ashley Samar (Meg) 24:57, 8. Kazee (CG) 25:18, 9. Humphrey (CG) 25:32, 10. Ashton Brammer (RH) 25:50;

11. McClellan (Ch) 26:04, 12. Savage (Meg) 26:07, 13. Gregg (SV) 26:20, 14. Sara Hacker (Irn) 26:21, 15. Emily Barker (SP) 26:36, 16. Hannah Pack (Ch) 27:10, 17. Belville (Irn) 27:36, 18. Beth Schlegel (F) 27:39, 19. Amelia Zimmerman (RH) 28:37, 20. Core (Meg) 28:46.

Participating teams: Fairland, Ironton, Coal Grove, Rock Hill, Chesapeake, South Point, Meigs, Ashland, Ky., Boyd County, Ky., Spring Valley,W.Va.

Junior High Meet

Boys Team Scores

1. Fairland 20, 2. Ashland, Ky., 3. Rock Hill.

Individual Leaders

1. Kizziar (Ash) 12:21, 2. Logan Froelich (F) 12:31, 3. J.B. Bennett (F) 12:50, 4. Wayne Moore (F) 12:54, 5. Seth Galloway (F) 12:57, 6. Joe Stewart (F) 13:10, 7. Andrew Wireman (F) 13:21, 8. Chad Lambiotte (F) 13:29, 9. Adams (Ash) 13:31, 10. Ferguson (CK) 13:45,

11. Matt Conzett (F) 13:46, 12. Adams (Ash) 13:58, 13. Rinneller (Ash) 14:18, 14. Briar Ferris (F) 14:29, 15. Bean (RH) 14:30, 16. Black (CK) 14:48, 17. J.B. Albrieht (F) 14:52, 18. Trevor Hinkle(F) 14:54, 19. Combs (CK), 20. Merritt (CK).

Girls Team Scores

1. Fairland 25.

Individual Leaders

1. Miller (Ash) 14:33, 2. Rutherford (CK) 15:26, 3. Kennissa Carrico (F) 16:42, 4. Stefan Marcum (F) 18:44, 5. Tammie Dement (F) 19:45, 6. Allisha Spotloe (F) 21:23, 7. Sami Gibson (F) 23:45, 8. Mohiuddin (F) 23:54.