By: Hunter Lambright
Richmond boys cross country started the away season off in the Division I race at 11 AM at the Rushville Classic. The boys made it out with a ribbon-earning 5th-place finish. Alex Orihuela was the first to score for the Red Devils, earning 17th place with a time of 18:27.1*. Hot on his heels was Ivan Orihuela in 20th with a time of 18:32*, wrapping up the individual ribbon-earners for the Red Devils.
The varsity squad was rounded out by scoring finishes from Ethan Miller (29th, 19:08.9*), Greyson Farmer (39th, 19:38.2*), and Xavier Ogle (41st, 19:40.6*). Ethan Newton and Alex Antrim finished out the varsity race for the Red Devils in 56th and 57th, with times of 20:24.6* and 20:35.4, respectively. The boys earned fifth place overall for their efforts.
“Today was another successful day,” said head coach Dylan Cope. “Despite the hot conditions, we still had a lot of personal records. Greyson Farmer and Xavier Ogle really stepped up for the boys.”
The girls followed the boys immediately, and new personal records were bountiful. Savanna Blair made a statement with a PR of 20:52* that took third place overall in the Division I race. She was followed by four more scoring Red Devil finishes from Lizzy Graham (28th, 23:28*), Gracie Thalls (42nd, 25:14.9), Lydia Casiano (45th, 25:34.7*), and Alex Parker (47th, 25:38.6). Allison Stout and Katy Peacock rounded out the varsity race for the Red Devils in 49th and 54th at times of 26:14.5 and 27:05.6. Based on their combined total points earned, the girls earned sixth place overall in the Division I race.
“On the girls side, Savanna Blair had a breakthrough race! She finally broke 21 minutes even with the hot conditions,” said Cope.
Finishing out the meet in the dead heat of the day, Richmond ran five boys and one girl in the open race at noon. AJ Carter shaved nearly two minutes off his time at last week’s Hare & Hounds Invitational to finish with a time of 22:49.8*, followed by Ethan Cordova at 23:00.2 and the cross country debut of Noah McClain at 23:03.8*. The remaining three runners were led by Olivia Bailey with a time of 28:14.1, followed closely by Titus Moore at 28:22*, and Josh Gilbert at 32:01.9.
“Our best race is still yet to come, for sure,” said Coach Cope. “We’re still dealing with adverse weather conditions. Once the weather cools down, I’m excited to see what we can do.”
The Red Devils return to action next week at Indiana Wesleyan University in the Marion High School Invitational on Saturday, September 4th. The meet kicks off at 8:30 AM. Division start times for the Richmond boys and girls varsity races will be made available as soon as possible.
Starred times denote new personal records for the athletes. All records can be viewed on Athletic.net.