10/16/2019 – Roger Lee Invitational




Roger Lee Invitational

Multiple days of prep on a three mile course equates to a lot of miles, but they were all worth it to see our teams run in front of the home crowd.  A course with so much wooded area makes it tough to keep the course clear of branches and other obstructions. Many branches had fallen even since yesterday morning. It is also hard to count on Mother Nature especially on the day of the Hamilton County Invitational. In the six years that I have been the head coach, we have had rain on the day of the race three times and had rain for three days before one race causing us to have to cancel it. This year we had an almost perfect day and the weather was fantastic, with a nice breeze, there was a slight drizzle that was off and on during the day. We also had help prepping the course from the Mike Lewis and his crew. Jackie Halley and the parents set up and operated a concession stand and did an amazing job. Lisa Shelton had posters of our seniors made. The River to River Runners Club came and timed the three races. Terrt Newbury and Krissy Braden did the scoring. Jason Hall took pictures of the races, showcasing the amazing trails of Dolan Lake. Tons of people came out cheer on the Foxes. Parents and athletes helped pick up the course after the races. Austin Stanley took a fall but popped back up quickly during the race. All Stars-N-Stitches made the t-shirts for the first ever Roger Lee Invitational. The Invitational has been renamed to honor Roger Lee who was the coach of the McLeansboro Foxes and Hamilton County Foxes Cross Country and Track and Field teams for many years. All eight of the seniors for the Foxes would be in competition today. The Foxes seniors are Olivia Ragan, Adam Wellen, Theron Smith, Evan Shelton, Will Jones, Austin Stanley, Dylan Halley and Seth Davenport. The JV boys were up first, varsity girls second and varsity boys third.

The JV race started at 4:00 p.m. with the Foxes entering six boys in the race including Varsity runners sophomores Brady Thrane and Aaron Meade. Brady took off and quickly moved into one of the top spots in the race. He came through the mile mark at around 5:41.  Following closely behind Brady was Sophomore Aaron Meade. Brady ended up taking third in the race with a time of 18:38 and Aaron Meade ran 19:07. The Foxes JV runners were in order Brady Thrane (3rd), Aaron Meade (5th), Owen Braden (14th), Ben Irvin (23rd), Wyatt Brown (24th), and Nathan Kaufman (28th). The great thing about the trails at Dolan Lake are the beauty and the shade they provide but the bad thing is the roots and the sticks they leave behind. All of the teams (except maybe ours), tell me it is one of their favorite course to run. The JV team finished with a score of 69 points. The JV Foxes took second place behind Carrier Mills. The young Foxes did a great job.

The Lady Foxes were up next with 8 runners competing the race.  The Lady Foxes knew that they would have tough competition from the Goreville team. Leading the Foxes (and the race) out of the gate was Sophomore Maddie Karcher who ended up finishing 1st overall, with a time of 19:53. Not too far behind Maddie were fellow sophomores Ashlee Wellen (3rd) and Caroline Lueke (4th). The trio of Sophomores have continually improved over the course of the year. The rest of the Lady Foxes finished in the following order Olivia Ragan (20th), Dacey Webb (36th), Jordan Tinsley (39th), Brooklyn Welch (41st) and Lenora Watt (51st). Sectional Golf Champion Kylee Vaughan was not able to run as she is getting prepared for the state meet this weekend. The Lady Foxes have really been starting to get things together and have so far kept the injuries to a minimum. The Lady Foxes finished with a score of 64 points. The Lady Foxes ran well enough to take first place in the race finishing ahead of Goreville and three other teams. The Lady Foxes are looking forward to competing on the same course in two days at the Black Diamond Conference on Thursday.

The final race of the day was the Varsity Boys race. The boys entered 12 runners in the Varsity race. The race was led throughout by Seth Hamerski of Webber. The Foxes number one runner of the day, Adam Wellen, finished in fourth place on the day with a time of 17:12. Theron Smith was shortly behind Adam with a time of 17:38. The rest of the varsity Foxes finished in the following order: Braydon Middendorf (11th), Evan Shelton (14th), Trace Butler (18th), Will Jones (36th), Shawn Braden (42nd), Owen Shelton (55th), Austin Stanley (57th), Dylan Halley (69th), Ian Stover (75th), and Seth Davenport (91st). On the day the Foxes took home a total of 9 trophies for individuals and 1 team trophy. The Foxes boys took 2nd place in the race just one point behind Christ Our Rock Lutheran of Centralia. All in all it was a great day with 1st place finishes by the Girls Varsity and second place finishes by the Boys Junior Varsity and Boys Varsity.

The Seniors will have one more chance to race at Dolan Lake at Black Diamond Conference Championship on Thursday. The Girls race starts at 4:00 p.m. and the Boys run at 4:40 p.m. There will be an open race this year.


  1. Carrier Mills  –     44
  2. Hamilton County         –     69
  3. NCOE         –     73
  4. Vienna                    –      80
  5. Carmi                               –     NTS
  6. Galatia        –     NTS
  7. Goreville                    –     NTS
  8. Gallatin County            –     NTS
  9. West Frankfort – NTS


  1. Hamilton County     –     64
  2. Goreville                          –     79
  3. Galatia                     –   172
  4. Pope County        –   192
  5. Johnston City                –   271
  6. Carmi                             –   NTS
  7. Webber                          –   NTS
  8. Gallatin County             –   NTS
  9. Fairfield                             –   NTS
  10. NCOE                      –   NTS
  11. Harrisburg                –  NTS
  12. West Frankfort      –   NTS
  13. Waltonville – NTS
  14. Carrier Mills – NTS
  15. Vienna – NTS
  16. Christopher – NTS
  17. Eldorado – NTS


  1. Christ Our Rock   –     54
  2. Hamilton County – 55
  3. Fairfield                          –     94
  4. NCOE                   –    175
  5. Pope County          –    175
  6. Gallatin County                –    179
  7. West Frankfort                –    189
  8. Goreville                            –    195
  9. Harrisburg – 231
  10. Thompsonville – 283
  11. Webber       –     NTS
  12. Vienna                 –    NTS
  13. Johnston City          –     NTS
  14. Galatia                  –     NTS
  15. Christopher                    –     NTS
  16. Waltonville                    –     NTS
  17. Carrier Mills      –     NTS
  18. Carmi                                –     NTS