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September 20, 2017

9/6/2017 5:19:00 PM
CROSS COUNTRY: Lady Vikings finish second at home invitational
Riley Fee wins the girls' race at the 2017 Vinton County Cross Country Invitational on Saturday.

Riley Fee wins the girls' race at the 2017 Vinton County Cross Country Invitational on Saturday.

Sports Editor

McARTHUR - The Vinton County Lady Vikings cross country team finished as the runner-up at the Vinton County Invitational, thanks to a pair of top-10 finishes by the Lady Vikings.

Sophomore Riley Fee and junior Lilly Chevalier finished first and sixth for the Lady Vikings.

Rebekah Shoup of Athens, last week's winner at the Golden Rockets Invitational, came in second with a time of 20:43.20, while Fee crossed the finish line in 20:04.30 to capture the win.

In addition, Chevalier took sixth with a 21:27.10 mark. In 11th-place was freshman Olivia Mayers, clocking in at 21:38.30. Lexi Walker's time of 22:26.80 was good for 19th, while freshman Emily Reynolds finished the race in 22nd with a time of 22:26.80 to round out the scoring for the Lady Vikings. Alyssa McKinniss recorded a 23:30.20 mark for 29th-place, while Hope Saunders came in 33rd with a time of 23:59.90 for Vinton County.

At the 11-team meet, Athens amassed 39 points, finishing 19 points ahead of second-place finisher Vinton County (58). Reedsville Eastern's 99 points was good for third-place, while Warren (111), Marietta (157), Alexander (168), Jackson (190), Belpre (225), Federal Hocking (227), Southern (238) and Huntington Ross (270) comprised the remaining team scores.

In addition, Jackson sophomore Mazie Wechter finished fifth overall with a time of 21:24.00 to lead the Ironladies, while Becky Bergert ran 24:38.80 to place 40th. Kierstyn Hammer (47th, 25:13.80), Jacqueline Bragg (65th, 26:51.90) and Olivia Sheward (79th, 28:45.50) rounded out the scoring for Jackson.

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Cora Smith finished in 104th with a time of 35:32.70 for Jackson, while Aubrey O'Bryan ran 39:03.00 to finish 107th.

On the boys' side, Athens won the team event with a score of 57, while Marietta scored 65-points to finish as the runner-up. Trimble (68), Alexander (88), Warren (119), Belpre (142), Vinton County (191), Huntington Ross (200), Wellston (270), Federal Hocking (271) and Meigs (321) rounded out the team scoring.

Leading the way for Vinton County was Timmy Bunnell with a 25th-place finish in a time of 19:03.56. Austin Hitte came in 36th-place with a time of 19:55.37, while Ty Davidson (40th, 20:16.40), Blake Holsinger (57th, 20:57.24) and Koen Travis (62nd, 21:17.91) rounded out the scoring for the Vikings. Also, Blake Mock finished in 76th in 21:49.53 for the Vikings, and Anthony Swaim was 78th with a time of 21:53.38.

Justin Andersen led Wellston, coming in 29th-place with a time of 19:21.25. Zach Nadler came in 46th in a time of 20:36.07, while Michael Hiller clocked in at 21:42.63 to finish in 73rd. Nathaniel Petrie finished 97th with a time of 23:27.10 and Darien Flannery was 117th, as he cross the finish with a time of 28:00.66.

Jackson also participated in the event but did not have the required five runners to receive a team score.

Jake Simpson led the Ironmen with a time of 20:52.09, good enough for 52nd-place, while William Howard was the next runner for Jackson to cross the finish line, as he came in 114th in a time of 27:11.83 and Morgan Bridges was 120th with a time of 29:17.71.

Trent Sayre of Warren took medalist honors with a winning time of 17:05.27, while Carter Carr of Alexander was runner-up, finishing with a time of 17:08.19.

Next up for Vinton County is at River Valley on Wednesday, Sept. 6, followed by the Zane Trace Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 9. Wellston will also be a River Valley on Wednesday, while Jackson was in action at the Coaches Corner Invitational in Gallipolis on Tuesday, Sept. 5. The Ironmen will also participate at the Zane Trace Invitational on Saturday.

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