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Individual boys fare well at Fairfield Invite

By Hunter Tickel | Sep 13, 2013
Photo by: Allyus Fritz Junior Kirby Shetler is rounding into form just two races into the season. He had a time 40 seconds faster than last year’s meet.

The Fairfield Invitational, Thursday, had four different groupings. Larger schools’ boys’ teams competed in the AA division and the smaller ones were in the A. There was the same format for the girls’ side.
The Washington girls’ team came in fifth out of six teams in the 4K.
Sophomore Emelia Keith set the bar high with a 20th place finish at 18:23.
Freshman Mariah Howard and junior Stephanie Loy took home 31st and 32nd, respectively. Howard finished in 19:19 and Loy in 19:27.
Freshman Maggie Voss earned 39th place with a time of 22:08. Senior Stephanie Fishback came in 40th with a mark of 22:19. Senior Grace Redlinger finished 44th with a time of 23:52.
The boys’ competition saw Washington finish sixth with 165 points, 15 behind Chariton.
Senior Austin Latcham clocked in at 19:27 for 23rd place. Junior Curtis Vest was right behind in 24th place with a mark of 19:28.
Freshman Owen Hovak took 35th place with a finish of 20:44.
Senior Luke Brown brought home 41st place with a time of 21:41.
Senior Jiovanni Tapia finished in 42nd with a mark of 21:55.
Freshman Alex Latcham came in 45th, clocking in at 23:07.
Freshman Kyle Schindler was one spot behind at 46th with a time of 23:15.
Iowa Mennonite and Highland did not field a team for the girls’ A division. IMS was one runner short.
On the IMS team, junior Renee Buckwalter had the top mark in 14th place at 18:07.
“Junior Renee Buckwalter had her best race of the season,” said head coach Marty Gingerich.
Junior Katya Doroshenko took 43rd at 24:39. Junior Nani Qimatshoeva came in 45th with a time of 26:21.
Junior Anna Rossokhina finished in 48th place, clocking in at 30:40.
The IMS boys’ squad came in seventh. It was 26 points away from sixth.
Junior Kirby Shetler had  a 6th place mark. He ran the 5K in 17:38.
“Junior Kirby Shetler came through with a big performance,”Gingerich said. “This is nearly 40 seconds faster than his time at this meet last year.  It is also about how he was running at the end of the season last year.”
Freshman Noah Bruns was next up in 41st place with a time of 17:38.
Junior Payton Miller was 43rd with a mark of 21:36.
Junior Kobi Russom earned 49th with a finish of 22:35.
“Third year varsity runner Kobi Russom took over 4.5 minutes off his time at this meet last year,” he said. “He was 2.5 minutes faster than at the Early Bird meet last week.”
Freshman Jim Wang took 52nd with a run of 24:27.
Junior Rex Yoder finished in 55th with a time of 26:44.
Highland occupied the 29th and 30th slots. Morgan Welsh and Breanna Popham finished 20:10 and 20:16, respectively. Amber Bean and Bridget Murphy placed 35th and 36th, respectively.
The Huskies boys’ squad enjoyed the best night of any local team. It took third place of eight schools.
It was 15 points from a runner-up finish. Evan Mahler had highest finish of any local runner with a top spot at 16:49.
Keiffer Sexton made it two runners from Highland in the top 10 with a 9th place finish at 17:56.

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