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Hacker, Stewart qualify for state meet

PICKERINGTON — They ran on Saturday and they’re still running.

Ironton junior Taylor Hacker and Fairland senior Joe Stewart were among the top runners at the regional cross country meet Saturday and they qualified for the state meet.

The top 16 individuals in the regional meet advance to next week’s state meet at Scioto Downs.

Hacker ran a 21:20.55 to place 15th while Stewart’s 18:27.39 time placed him 14th.

Stewart ran in the Division II meet for the Dragons who were the district runners-up.

Fairland’s Raine Wireman ran a 19:01.27 to finish at No. 25, Wayne Moore was No. 30 at 19:12.30, Garrett Wireman No. 55 with a 19:39.83 time, Zach Fannin No. 61 at 19:44.83, Ryan Stewart No. 78 at 20:15.18 and Logan Rowe was No. 96 at 20:45.08.

The Dragons were fifth overall as a team with 139 points. St. Clairsville had 59 points to win the meet.

The Lady Dragons’ Megan Ashton was No. 45 with a 22:43.48 time and teammate Tori Hutchison was six spots back at 22:50.98. Carrie Tanner was No. 71 at 23:39.02, Kennon Clarkson No. 86 at 24:16.18, Mariah Chaffin 89th at 24:31.67 and Carmen Webb came in at No. 100 with a 25:07.74 time.

All six are underclassmen for Fairland who finished 11th as a team. Johnstown Monroe had 79 points to win the meet.

Ironton’s Gary Monroe ran well as the junior finished No. 20 with an 18:20.96 clocking in Division III.

The Fighting Tigers — who won the district title — had four other runners.

Pierce Reeves was No. 48 at 19:16.32, Levi Runyon No. 53 with a 19:27.73 time, Adam Stumbo was two spots back with a 19:31.87 clocking and Dustin Moritz ran a 20:49.85 to finish at No. 90 among 129 runners.

Tyler Lawless ran 23:26.70 and Sean Lawless 26:05.37.

Ironton was 10th as a team. Bellaire St. John won the meet with 65 points.

Coal Grove’s Jacob Pauley was No. 46with a 19:09.56 time.