The McClain Tigers host the opening meet of the season as four Highland County teams visit Greenfield on Wednesday


By Ryan Applegate - rapplegate@aimmedianetwork.com



The girls varsity cross country teams line up at the start of the cross country race hosted by the McClain Tigers at Mitchell Park on Wednesday.


Ryan Applegate | The Times-Gazette

The cross country season got underway Wednesday in Highland County as the McClain Tigers hosted the McClain Invitational at Mitchell’s Park in Greenfield. The event featured four schools from Highland County as McClain, Hillsboro, Fairfield, and Whiteoak all participated.

The event got underway with an elementary half mile race that pitted the fastest young runners in the area against one another.

The varsity girls were the first high school age athletes to take to the course. The course at Mitchell’s Park wraps around the baseball and softball diamonds before finally finishing at the soccer field. Ciara Colwell of Fairfield finished second overall behind a runner from Washington Courthouse. The other athletes from the Highland County school put in a very good effort at the event and did the local community proud.

The varsity boys wrapped up the event with an excellent race that saw Noah Richmond, Matthew Mangus, and the majority of the Fairfield team take an early lead.

The pack didn’t thin out much as the race progressed with runners from all of the participating schools putting on a good show for the crowd of supporters that attended.

In the end the Fairfield combo of Mangus and Richmond outclassed the field and led the Lions to an excellent showing in the event.

The overall boys results from the event saw the Fairfield Lions in first, Miami Trace second, Hillsboro third, Whiteoak fourth, Washington fifth, and McClian in sixth.

The overall girls results were Fairfield in first, Washington second, Hillsboro third, Miami Trace fourth, and Whiteoak fifth.

For the Lions and Lady Lions the top runners were Noah Richmond and Ciaira Colwell.

For the Tigers and Lady Tigers the top runners were Reece Schleup and Natalie Cunningham.

For the Indians and Lady Indians the top runners were Bailey Lucarello and Ellie Howland.

For the Wildcats and Lady Cats the top runners were Hunter Morgan and Kayla Jones.

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The girls varsity cross country teams line up at the start of the cross country race hosted by the McClain Tigers at Mitchell Park on Wednesday.
http://www.timesgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/33/2017/08/web1_Cross-Country-Opener-1.jpgThe girls varsity cross country teams line up at the start of the cross country race hosted by the McClain Tigers at Mitchell Park on Wednesday. Ryan Applegate | The Times-Gazette

By Ryan Applegate

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