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Fairland enjoys great XC season

The Fairland Dragons and Lady Dragons’ cross country teams qualified for the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division II state meet last weekend and each team finished 15th overall. Team member are: front row from left to right, Carrie Tanner, Maddie LaCroix, Sarah Warnock, Jessica Price, Shanan Ashton, Paige Looney, Taylor Perry; second row from left to right, Porter Schenawark, Conner Flynn, Chad McComas, Logan Rowe, Timmy Emery, Megan Ashton, Mariah Chaffin, Sydney Pettit; back row from left to right, Grant Clarkson, Adam Taylor, Josh Sifford, Faith Hurula, Raine Wireman, Dylan Bentley, Taylor Lewis, Ben Beaty. Not pictured were Sam Nelson and Brian O’keefe. Fairland is coached by Chuck Wentz. (Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos)

Jim Walker

jim.walker@irontontribune.com

 

PROCTORVILLE — It was quite a run for this bunch of runners.

The Fairland Dragons’ and Lady Dragons’ cross country teams finished the season as qualifiers in the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division II state meet. Both teams finished 15th overall.

“We had a great season. The runners ran well but the competition was very tough at (the state) level,” said Fairland coach Chuck Wentz.

“We had some personal records set and most of the team was close to their best runs. I am so proud of the effort these student-athletes have put in this year. When you can get two district titles, a regional title and runner-up spot and two full teams at the state meet, it is a great year for Fairland cross country.”

Along the way, both teams won Ohio Valley Conference titles and district titles as well. The Lady Dragons won the regional title at Pickerington with the boys’ team finishing second.

There were other achievements off the course as well.

“We also had seven academic All-Ohio runners and that is what we strive for, great student-athletes,” said Wentz.

“Many of these runners will start their winter sport next week and others will take two weeks off then start running some winter runs and preparing for track season.”