Tigers Sweep Cross Country Opener In Fairfield

The Fairfield Mules hosted the Tom Wickham Invitational Tuesday afternoon, changing locations for the annual invitational this year. The Richland County Tigers were just fine with that, as they took both individual and team titles on the day.

After running for the past couple of decades at Leo French Park, the Mules moved the meet to Southwest Park, meaning the winners of each race would have new course records. In the girls’ race, the Tigers’ Tatum David won by nearly three minutes, finishing the course in 17 minutes, 46 seconds. Hamilton County’s Maddie Karcher was second at 20:33.

Lady Tiger Hope Laughlin

Richland County had three of the top six finishers and won with 35 points, while Newton was a distant second with 60 points. Hamilton County was third with 77 points, while four other teams did not have enough girls finish for a team score.

Host Fairfield had just two girls finish, with sisters Jessie and Katelyn Crawford in 26th and 27th, respectively. Jessie ran a 29:49 and Katelyn ran a 30:50.

On a humid afternoon, the Lady Mules had multiple runners not finish the course in their first meet.

Richland County’s Gavin Kirby also won, but not in quite as dominant of fashion. He ran a 16:02, winning by 10 seconds over Newton’s Zach Zwilling. Lawrenceville’s Brayden Green ran a 16:40 for third.

Fairfield’s top finisher in the boys meet was Wayne City co-op runner Austin Schuster, who placed 13th at 18:33.

Austin Schuster

Jacob Britt was the second Mule to cross, finishing 16th with a 19:08.

Jacob Britt

The Tigers also finished with 35 team points, with three of the top seven runners. Hamilton County was second with 67 points and Newton was third with 107. Rounding out the team scores were: Mt. Carmel 115, Fairfield 121, and Lawrenceville 124.

The Wickham Invitational was the Mules’ only home meet of the year. They are next in action on Sep. 10, at Benton.

Girls Results

PlaceRunnerSchoolTime
1Tatum DavidOlney17:46
2Maddie KarcherHam. Co20:33
3Abby StoneNewton21:02
4Hope LaughlinOlney21:21
5Ophelia KleinLawrenceville21:48
6Emily NuttallOlney22:00
7Katie MooreLawrenceville22:05
8McKenna CarterNorth Clay22:08
9Rylea BorgieNewton22:23
10Bree HoldrenOlney22:24
11Ashlee WellenHam. Co22:25
12Webber22:37
13Payton KinderNewton23:20
14Haven DollOlney23:28
15Caroline LuekeHam. Co23:32
16Cora BuersterNewton23:43
17Cara EaglesonLawrenceville23:46
18Jada SmithMt. Carmel24:01
19Lucy YagerNewton24:06
20Tristen PayneOlney24:28
21Claire CarrNewton24:39
22Alexis HetzerNewton25:25
23Anna BlankOlney26:00
24Olivia RaganHam. Co27:06
25Jocelyn MolesHam. Co27:55
26Jessie CrawfordFairfield29:49
27Katelyn CrawfordFairfield30:50
28Jaci WheelerMt. Carmel30:52

Boys Results

PlaceRunnerSchoolTime
1Gavin KirbyOlney16:02
2Nick ZwillingNewton16:12
3Brayden GreenLawrenceville16:40
4Isaac StanfordFlora16:52
5Seth HamerskiWeber16:55
6Keaton HancockOlney17:35
7Brooks JulianOlney17:41
8Gehrig JonesMt. Carmel17:51
9Jordan BelcherOlney18:01
10Theron SmithHam. Co18:06
11Adam WellenHam. Co18:07
12Colin KocherOlney18:30
13Austin SchusterFairfield18:33
14Evan SheltonHam. Co18:51
15Trace ButlerHam. Co18:59
16Jacob BrittFairfield19:08
17Brady ThroneHam. Co19:14
18Trevor ParkerLawrenceville19:32
19Oliver MahaffeyNewton19:39
20Jason MillerMt. Carmel19:47
21Collin GilreathOlney19:59
22Aaron MeadeHam. Co20:09
23Boyd HoltMt. Carmel20:14
24Drew BlankOlney20:15
25Tyreik JacksonFairfield20:16
26Oscar FosterNewton20:22
27Caleb CarwileMt. Carmel20:32
28Will JonesHam. Co20:35
29Ben StreetNewton20:40
30Jeremiah CramerWebber20:45
31Clay BergbowerNewton20:47
32Chase SmithFairfield20:49
33Kollin RamosLawrenceville21:25
34Dominic WellsLawrenceville21:37
35Trenon RutherfordFairfield21:47
36Seth SeitzingerLawrenceville21:49
37Anthony BleyerMt. Carmel21:54
38Colin BensonLawrenceville22:17
39Ian BaileyNorth Clay22:23
40Luis ZavalaNewton23:09
41Eric LefflerMt. Carmel25:18
42Hunter DanberryWebber

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