10/09/2019 – Harrisburg Invitational (Southeastern Illinois College)




Harrisburg Invitational

Temperatures started to rise again, but the Foxes were hoping it wouldn’t effect them negatively. The Foxes took 25 runners to the Harrisburg Invitational to compete against multiple single A and AA teams. The order of events were 4:30 Boys Varsity, 5:00 Girls Varsity and 5:30 p.m. Open race.

The Boys varsity team has been doing really well over this year and were looking forward to showing the competition that they would be able to pull a win at the invitational. The Boys race had 110 runners in it. The race starts out going straight up a long hill, then comes down the hill, then back up the hill for the first mile. Adam Wellen and Trace Butler took off fast and looked to battle for some of the top spots on the day. Adam stayed up front in 11th place overall behind some very good runners: Ty Barbre, Seth Hamerski, Kevin Perkins, Tony Lakotich and the Marion teams top 5 runners. Slightly behind Adam was Theron Smith (14th) and Trace Butler (19th). The rest of the Foxes finished in the following order: Evan Shelton (30th), Braydon Middendorf (35th), Brady Thrane (43rd) and Aaron Meade (49th). The Foxes finished the race in 3rd place as a team behind Marion and DuQuoin. The Foxes finished ahead of multiple teams they will be facing at the black diamond conference. Award winners were Adam Wellen 11th, Theron Smith 14th, and Trace Butler 19th. The Foxes ran strong but have a lot of work to do to get ready for the championship part of the season.

The Girls varsity was up next and had seven runners competing. Kylee Vaughan was not able to run. Maddie Karcher took off fast and worked up on the front runners of the race. Maddie moved up into the 3rd place position and didn’t look back after that. Maddie finished in 3rd place with a time of 20:14, she was just behind Ainsley Bailey of Massac and Gabby Alongi of DuQuoin. Ashlee Wellen finished strong with an 11th place finish and second on the team. Ashlee has been greatly consistent this year and continues to work hard during every meet. Caroline Lueke picked it up and finished strong with a 18th place finish on the day. Dacey Webb took the fourth place for the Foxes with a 37th place finish, followed closely by Olivia Ragan in 43rd place. Jordan Tinsley and Brooklyn Welch finished at nearly the same time with 52nd and 53rd place out of 73. The Lady Foxes did really well and finished in 4th place as a team behind DuQuoin, Anna-Jonesboro and Marion. DuQuoin’s group of runners finished with an amazing score of 28. The Foxes finished behind only six points behind the second place AJ. The Foxes will have to continue to work hard against for the next few weeks of the season / post season. The medalists for the Lady Foxes were Maddie Karcher (3rd), Ashlee Wellen (11th) and Caroline Lueke (19th).

The final race of the day was the Open Race, an Open Race is open to anyone who wants to run it, but sometimes the coordinators of the race limit it to only high school runners. In the open Will Jones took the number one spot for the Foxes with a time of 20:19. Right behind Will Jones was Shawn Braden with a time of 20:25. The rest of the Foxes finished in the Owen Shelton, Wyatt Brown, Ian Stover, Dylan Halley, Austin Stanley, Owen Braden, Ben Irvin and Nathan Kaufman. Lenora Watt was again the Lone Foxes girl’s runner in the Open Race. The young Foxes runners really have proved how much they have improved over the past months and are working on moving towards being varsity runners.

The Foxes next race will be at Home at Dolan Lake on October the 15th for the Roger Lee Invitational and the 17th for the Black Diamond Conference. If you have never been to a cross country race, I would like to invite you out to the lake, for a race consisting of 19 teams, to cheer on your Foxes runners. The F/S race is at 4:00, Girls Varsity at 4:30 and Varsity Boys at 5:00.


  1. Hamilton County                        49
  2. Mt. Vernon                                   60
  3. Herrin                                            67
  4. DuQuoin                                       104
  5. NCOE                                            228
  6. Carrier Mills                                236
  7. Massac County                            265
  8. West Frankfort                           303
  9. Pope County                                320
  10. Galatia                                          323
  11. Anna Jonesboro                          324
  12. Goreville                                      349
  13. Murphysboro                              362
  14. Thompsonville                            401
  15. Eldorado                                      467


  1. DuQuoin                                       26
  2. Hamilton County                        74
  3. Carmi                                             88
  4. Anna Jonesboro                           91
  5. Marion                                          137
  6. Goreville                                       149
  7. West Frankfort                            176
  8. Galatia                                           229