Raegan Halley finished 4th place receiving the only Medal for the Foxes

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FAIRFIELD INVITATIONAL NARRATIVE – 8/23/2016

The first meet of Hamilton County’s season started out well. The Foxes and Lady Foxes of the new 2016 season headed to Leo French Park in Fairfield to run the Tom Wickham Memorial Invitational. The temperature was in the lower 80s, almost identical to last years temperature. Many of the Lady Foxes’ and Foxes’ parents, and friends made the short trip to Fairfield.

The Lady Foxes ran first, and this year they have a 9 runners total. The Foxes had returning runners; Raegan Halley, Kaylee Chapman, Jasmine Coomes, Leah Ragan and Jayda Johnson. They added Freshmen runners Abby Reyling, Olivia Ragan and Sophomores Jade Lemmons and Mary Lee. Mary Lee transferred to McLeansboro from Chester Illinois and will hopefully be ready to run at the next race the Lady Foxes have. Raegan Halley took 4th place and received the only medal by the Foxes on this day. Kaylee Chapman finished in 16th place while improving her time from last year by over 3 minutes. Olivia Ragan had a strong showing in her first meet as a Fox finishing with a 20th place finish. The other five girls all ran well and hopefully will stay healthy throughout the season and consistently improve over the course of the season. The lady foxes finished in 3rd place out of 7 teams behind a strong Olney and Lawrenceville team.

The next event was the Varsity boys race on the tough 3 mile course. Hunter Braden led the Foxes with a 7th place finish behind 4 tough Olney runners. This was Hunters first official cross country race and he ran well finishing in the low 18s.  Shortly behind Hunter was Logan Hunt who improved his time from the previous year by over one minute, finishing in 11th Place. Clay Ragan finished in 18th Place and Matt Rubenacker finished in 20th. The Foxes top 5 was rounded out by Alex Soltanipanah in 22nd place. The boys team has a lot of talent with 7 to 9 runners all working for the top 5 places and should be able to really make some wave over the next few years.

The Foxes this year also have enough runners for a JV team. The JV Team was lead by Evan Shelton with a 5th place finish. Raegan Irwin and Colin Meade also ran exceptional races and shows both of them will be tough runners over the next few years. In this race we had 6 boys running their first High School Cross Country Race.

The Foxes and Lady Foxes travel to SIU-Edwardsville on Saturday Morning. The girls run at 9:30 am and the boys running at 10:15. This race will have around 900 total participants.

Full results are on 8/22/2016 – Fairfield Invitational, pictures from the race will be posted soon.

Thank you to everyone who attended the Firecracker 5k this morning!

The Firecracker 5k took place this morning. The weather was perfect and the competition was fierce. When all was said and done Javan Winders set a nice record in the 5k Run of 15:53.7, Leslie Drone won the Female 5k in 21:23.4, Terry Dagg set a record in the 5k Walk with a time of 31:11.5 and Shirley Fearheiley won the Women’s 5k Walk with a time of 32:35.4. Full results are posted on http://hamcocc.com/19th-annual-firecracker-5k/. You can also Register for next years race on this page.

Overall 5k Run Winners
Start of the Firecracker 5k
Award Winners
There is no time better than the present to set a goal for the future. With a year to train next year’s Firecracker 5k could be your best race ever. SIGN UP TODAY!!

Don’t be left behind!

Hurry up and sign up today for the Firecracker 5k Run / Walk and Kid’s 1/2 Mile Fun Run. Register today by going to the Firecracker’s website athttp://hamcocc.com/18th-annual-firecracker-5k/. Prices go up on the 20th.

Walkers and Kid’s needed.

Every child participating in the kid’s fun run will receive a t-shirt* and a medal for finishing the 1/2 Mile course. Walkers will receive overall awards for 1st – 3rd in the male and female divisions, they will also receive medals for 1st in each 10 year age group! Runners will receive awards for 1st – 3rd in the male and female divisions and also medals for 1st – 3rd in each 5 year age group.

ONLINE REGISTRATION

If you sign up today you will be guaranteed a shirt for this great race. We will have the best competition in Southern Illinois at this race. There is a $50.00 prize awarded to anyone who breaks the record times in the 5k Run / Walk. We also have huge trophies for the overall winners.

This year’s course is again a 3.1 mile course exactly which is mostly flat and fast.

State

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2015 State Cross Country Meet

On a beautiful day for a cross country meet, over 400+ Cross Country athletes assembled at Detweiller Park in Peoria, IL for the Class A Cross Country State Championship. There were also two other classes of races 2A and 3A that day, which would also bring in 400+ runners plus for each class. There were also tons of fans who showed up to this amazing event. The Foxes qualified two athletes after competing at the Sectionals on October 31st. The two Foxes who competed at the State Cross Country meet were Tyler Byars and Leslie Drone.

Leslie Drone was up first for a 9:00 a.m. start time. As Leslie Drone took off to start the race she was all alone in the middle of the field. Leslie had had a lot of issues breathing over the few days preceding the state meet. She ran her first mile in about 6:20, but after that her breathing or lack there of got the best of her. As you may guess, breathing plays a very important part of cross country running. Leslie had a few times where she had to walk because of that. She still ran better than over 60 of the fastest girls in the state of Illinois. She finished in 155th place with a time of 21:02. If she would have been healthy and ran her best race of the season, Leslie would have had a good chance at finishing in the top 25 to 30 places. Leslie has had a tough season, but she has done really well and persevered through it. Leslie had an amazing sectional race and ended her cross country career for the Foxes as the best Lady Foxes Cross Country runner who has ever came through the school. In her career she has been a state qualifier 3 times and was an All-State (top 25) team finisher during her Junior year with a 14th place finish. She was also the Southern Illinoisan runner of the year last year. Leslie will be missed immensely in the upcoming year, but she has been a great influence on all the current Foxes teams. We would like to wish her good luck in track this year and also in her future college career.

Up next was Tyler Byars. Tyler has worked insanely hard this year and was looking towards having his best race of the season at the State Meet in Peoria. Tyler’s goal was to go out and run a 16:20 for the 3 mile course. Tyler took off fast and quickly worked up into the top 100 runners. Tyler knew he would have a good race if he could stay up with Benton’s number one runner Gavin Hartley. He stayed close to him for a mile of the race, but the up and down hills of the course and the number of athletes in the race caused Tyler to run a little slower than expected, finishing with a 16:55 and a 124th place finish out of 208 runners. Tyler had a lot of great races throughout the 2015 Season, he finished first in a lot of races including the Black Diamond Conference  and also the Regional Race. Tyler has been the best runner to come through McLeansboro in the past few years and he will be greatly missed in the upcoming years. Tyler is looking forward to having a great track season and hopefully advancing back to the state track meet in May.

This season has been great and I hate to see it come to an end. The future is bright for the Foxes and we will look towards a lot of success in the future years. Sport Awards will be next Monday, November 16th.

Full results and pictures are up on http://hamcocc.com/2015-season/110715-state/

Sectionals

http://hamcocc.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/12193313_10207685774052203_1393215911585560356_n-550x309.jpgTrick or Treat, the Foxes were hoping to be the recipients of a treat not a trick. The Foxes had to get up early and be ready to leave by 6:30 a.m. It was going to be another tough meet, …

 

Regionals at Harrisburg

http://hamcocc.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/12049330_10206873375865782_813177288978728245_n.jpgThe Foxes headed to Harrisburg at Southeastern Illinois College for the Regionals on Saturday October the 24th. There was a good chance of rain, but we were hoping it would hold off until after the races. Other than just having …

 

Benton Invitational

http://hamcocc.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/20151019_1707081-550x367.jpg  The Foxes hot off of their sweep of the Black Diamond Conference headed into Benton knowing it was going to be a tough meet. The Invitational would be similar to what will see in the Regional, as far as …

 

Black Diamond Conference

http://hamcocc.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/BDCChamps-550x377.jpgBLACK DIAMOND CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS!!! Back Row: Clay Ragan, Alex Soltanipanah, Chad Barnard, Tyler Byars, Matt Rubenacker, Logan Hunt, Trenton Butler and Coach Sam Wilson Front Row: Schuyler Bailey, Raegan Halley, Jayda Johnson, Leslie Drone, Jasmine Coomes, Leah Ragan and Kaylee …

 

Hamilton County Invitational

http://hamcocc.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/12143170_10207597288640123_4377419475477581696_n-300x169.jpgWell, after last years rain out, the Hamilton County Invitational was not going to be denied this year. The weather was just right and the Foxes were ready to run. Many of the parents and families of the Ham Co …

 

Carterville Invitational

http://hamcocc.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/20151003_100544-400x285.jpgOn a “Freezing” morning in the beginning of October, the Hamilton County Foxes teams meandered into the high school parking lot, the morning after Homecoming where Leslie Drone was crowned queen. The Foxes were then headed to John A. Logan …