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Ironton, Fairland XC runners battle at PI

PIKETON — It’s called “toughing it out.”

Despite illness and injuries, the Ironton Fighting Tigers and Fairland Dragons turned in solid performances last Saturday at the Piketon Invitational cross country meet.

Fairland put together third place team finishes in both the boys’ and girls’ meets. Ironton’s boys were fifth while the girls’ team had only four runners and did not qualify in the team standings.

Unioto won the boys’ meet with 59 points while North Adams was the runner-up with 78.

Fairland followed with 96 points, Paint Valley had 117, Ironton 187, Logan 229, Zaen Trace 243, Wheelersburg 267, Piketon 277, South Webster and Wellston 321, Vinton County 329, Nelsonville-York 352, Western 364, Portsmouth Clay 365, McClain 375, Logan Elm 392, Waverly 401, River Valley 470, Gallipolis 510 and Oak Hill 523.

The Fighting Tigers’ Gary Monroe finished seventh individually with a 17:21.50 clocking and teammate Adam Stumbo ran a 17:54.79 to place No. 15.

Also running for Ironton were: No. 27. Dustin Moritz 18:27.31, No. 80 Pierce Reeves 19:55.58, No. 88 Levi Runyon 20:02.90, No. 146 Bobby Sizemore 22:27.34, No. 156 Tyler Lawless 22:43.33, No. 162 Sean Lawless 23:01.47 and No. 180 Nathan Hale 26:07.90.

Joe Stewart ran a 17:43.25 and Wayne Moore 17:46.09 to place No. 11 and 12, respectively. Raine Wireman was No. 19 at 18:0928, Ryan Stewart No. 30 at 18:36.83 and Logan Rowe No. 31 at 18:38.28.

Other Fairland runners were: No. 40 Zack Fannin 18:45.45, No. 44 Garrett Wireman 18:54.10, No. 57 Robbie Hinshaw 19:25.95, No. 74 Sam Nelson 19:48.61, No. 95 Hunter Gibson 20:17.87, No. 120 Dylan Hannon 21:16.93, No. 126 Grant Clarkson 21:37.50, No. 131 Alex Guzman 21:48.17 and No. 176 Trey Davis 25:19.40.

Chesapeake was paced by Graham Oberly who was No. 65 with a 19:34.15 time. Teammate Stephen Welch was No. 129 at 21:44.63 and Dylan Bentley No. 173 at 24:47.82.

In the girls’ meet, Gallipolis had 58 points to claim first place. Unioto was next with 93 and Fairland had 111.

Zane Trace followed with 121, Logan Elm 141, Chillicothe 151, Vinton County 165, River Valley 204, Wheelersburg 248, South Webster 252, Piketon 264, Logan 280, Paint Valley 338, Oak Hill 369, Waverly 385 and Lucasville Valley 452.

Ironton’s Taylor Hacker finished fourth overall with a 20:22.30 time.

Other Ironton runners included: No. 19 Ariel Schweickart 22:06.84, No. 74. Kaylie Sturgill 25:23.11 and No. 91. Hannah Cronacher 26:36. 18.

Megan Ashton ran a 21:16.75 for Fairland and placed 11th overall.

Also running for Fairland were: No. 17. Tori Hutchison 21:53.50, No. 20. Carrie Tanner 22:11.63, No. 46. Carmen Webb 23:32.73, No. 58. Kennon Clarkson 24:25.61, No. 93. Grace Skiles 25:48.63 and No. 126 Alexis Wright 31:48.39.