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Hacker’s wins lead Ironton XC

See Taylor run. Run, Taylor, run.

The Athens Invitational course wasn’t easy, but Ironton’s Taylor Hacker made it seem like a junior reading a first grade reader as she captured the girls’ individual first place championship Saturday.

Hacker had a winning time of 21:03.7 over the course.

But that was only the first chapter for Hacker.

Tuesday at the Piketon 11-team Invitational, Hacker not only came away with the girls’ individual championship but she also broke her own school record with a 20:12.7 clocking.

“Taylor has had a great two meets. Her performance (Tuesday) was awesome,” said Ironton coach Tim Thomas.

Also turning in a strong performance for Ironton was Aerial Schweickart who ran a 22:14.0 to place third.

Kaylie Sturgill ran a 25:51.7 to place 20th and Hannah Cronacher ran a 28:43.1 to place 28th.

While Hacker was the individual champion, the Fighting Tiger boys took the team championship with just 27 points. Host Piketon was second with 63 points and South Webster third with 70 points.

Ironton’s Gary Monroe was second overall with a 17:52.3 time. Levi Runyon was fourth at 18:18.2, Dustin Moritz sixth with an 18:37.9 time, Adam Stumbo took seventh place at 18:43.6, and Pierce Reeves ran an 18:45.2 to finish right behind Stumbo.

Also for Ironton, Tyler Lawless was 33rd at 22:26.5, Bobby Sizemore was 42nd at 23:13.4, Nick Bishop had a 23:20.3 to take 43rd, Sean Lawless came in at No. 50with a 26:15.1 time and Nathan Hale ran a 30:08.1 to take No. 56.

At Athens, Schweickart finished No. 22 with a 25:11.1 time. Sturgill ran a 27:16.6 to place No. 47, Alisa Schaus was at No. 59 with a 31:46.3 time and Cronacher’s 343:01.6 time was good for 62nd place.

On the boys’ side, Monroe ran a 17:50.5 to place eighth. Stumbo (18:27.3), Runyon (18:27.7) and Moritz (18:30.5) finished 14-15-16, respectively, while Tyler Lawless was No. 65 at 22:01.1 and Sean Lawless No. 74 with a 23:53.4 time.