Hamilton County Invitational (Dolan Lake) – 10/10/2016
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10/10/2017 – Hamilton County Invitational
Multiple days of prep on a three mile course equates to a lot of miles, about 33 miles to be exact, 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. It is hard to count on Mother Nature especially on the day of the Hamilton County Invitational. In the four years that I have been the head coach, we have had rain on the day of the race twice and had rain for three days before one race causing us to have to cancel it. I’m looking into moving the invitational earlier in the season for next year. 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. The River to River Runners Club came and timed the three races. Olivia Soltanipanah helped do the scoring and Troy Rubenacker provided sound and music for the meet. Many of the athletes showed off their dance moves before and after the race. Lori Rubenacker took some amazing pictures of the races, showcasing the amazing trails of Dolan Lake. Tons of people came out cheer on the Foxes. The rain broke for a period of 4 hours that allowed us to get the entire meet in without any rain fall, although it did pour on me on the way home, “luckily” I only had evertyhing in the back of my truck! 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 12 boys in the race including Varsity running sophomores Theron Smith, Kaden Richards, and Adam Wellen. Theron took off and quickly moved into one of the top spots in the race. Theron came through the mile mark at around 5:40. Following closely behind Theron were first year running sophomores Kaden Richards and Adam Wellen. Theron ended up winning the race with a time of 17:51, just slightly ahead of Kaden who finished in 17:59. The Foxes JV runners took 1st (Theron), 2nd (Kaden), 3rd (Adam), 4th (Trace) and 6th (Keegan) and finished with a score of 16 points. The JV Foxes took the win over Carrier Mills and Gallatin County. Also competing for the JV Foxes were Evan Shelton (7th), Clancy Bond (8th), Will Jones (13th), Ian Stover (15th), Dylan Halley (22nd) and Seth Davenport (30th). Austin Stanley had a hard time breathing and had to stop and walk so he would not pass out. Dylan Halley stopped and helped Austin and made sure he was okay before finishing his race. This is one of the many great things about cross country (runners looking out for other runners.
The girls were up next with eight runners competing the race. The Lady Foxes knew that they would have tough competition from the Carmi and West Frankfort teams. Leading the Foxes out of the gate was Senior Jasmine Coomes who ended up finishing 4th overall. Raegan Halley finished closely behind in 6th place, with Olivia Ragan (10th) and Kaylee Chapman (12th) right behind her. The Foxes top 4 ended with only 56 seconds separating the 1st runner of the Foxes from the fourth. Abby Reyling keeps improving and needs to keep working hard in the 5th position for the Foxes. Other Lady Foxes competing in the race were Leah Ragan (45th), Maddi Jo Maxwell (48th) and Jevin Shreve (50th). The top 5 Lady Foxes have really been starting to get things together and have so far kept the injuries to a minimum. The Lady Foxes ran well enough to take first place in the race just ahead of Carmi and West Frankfort.The Lady Foxes are looking forward to competing at Fairfield in the Black Diamond Conference.
The final race of the day was the Varsity Boys race. The boys were looking to see how they could do without having 3 of their top seven runners in the race. The race was led throughout by Ty Barbre of Carmi. The Foxes were the next three runners until about 2.5 miles into the race. A Norris City and Christ Our Rock runner was able to overtake them before the finish. Matt Rubenacker took 4th Place with Hunter Braden in 5th place, Trenton Butler in 6th, Logan Hunt in 8th and Colin Meade rounding out the top 5 in 13th place. Colin has really been improving over the past month and was able to obtain a shot at the Varsity for the Black Diamond Conference. Other runners from the Foxes in the race were Clay Ragan 17th, Raegan Irwin 27th and Clayton Cross 41st. The Foxes boys took 1st place in the race just over 30 points. This was the 2nd consecutive year of the Foxes taking the Hamilton County Invitational Championship! All in all it was a great day with 1st place finishes by the Boys Varsity, Girls Varsity and Boys Junior Varsity.
The Foxes next race will be at Fairfield for the Black Diamond Conference Championship on Thursday. The Girls race at 4:00 p.m. and the Boys run at 4:40 p.m with the open race to follow the boys race.