The Fairfield High School boys and girls teams competed in the Unioto Cross Country Invitational held on Saturday, October 10th.
The boys HS team finished runner-up by three points (56-59) to DII Unioto High School.
“It is a solid performance for us anytime we can go into the home course of a program the caliber of Unioto, who has qualified for State for the last 12 consecutive years in DII boys, and have seven of our runners perform at 17:02 and under,” said assistant coach Bill Mangus after the meet. “It is a good day for our program. Coach Friend, coaching staff and I know that we have talented, hard working kids that are benefiting from their outstanding work ethics. Individually, Noah Richmond ran the best race of his High School career thus far.”
Running first man for Fairfield and sixth overall was sophomore, Noah Richmond with a time of 16:16. Following Richmond was Wyatt Evans, 16:36; Trent Swisher, 16:37; Austin Setty, 16:46; Andrew Davis, 16:49; Matthew Mangus, 16:59; Dillon Burley, 17:02; Nick Price, 17:30; Bennett Hodson, 17:35; Brandston Duffie, 17:37; Sam Buddelmeyer, 17:55; Mason Cain, 18:25; Lane Frost, 19:54; Phoenix Taylor, 22:06; Jason Moeller, 22:33; and Riley Friend, 26:53. The boys field had 243 competitors.
The HS girls team finished 16th of 20 teams. Running first for Fairfield and 54th overall was freshman, Alexis Swisher with a time of 21:39. Following Swisher was Megan Gragg, 21:41; Sammi Shepherd, 22:59; Meadow Cunningham, 24:46; Andrea Spears 25:41, and Brianna Barnes, 28:38. There were 184 competitors in the HS girls race.
All teams will be competing at the SHAC championships held at Ripley HS on Saturday, October 17th. The races will begin at 10:00 with MS girls, MS boys, HS girls and concluding with HS boys.
Reach Robert Stegbauer at 937-393-3456 ext. 1679 or on Twitter @RStegbauer.