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Red Devil XC – Girls place 5th, Boys 8th at Marion Invitational

Red Devil XC – Girls place 5th, Boys 8th at Marion Invitational

The Richmond Red Devils came to race on Saturday at the Marion Invitational at Indiana Wesleyan University. The boys kicked off the meet at 8:30 AM, and both the weather and training combined led to personal-best finishes from almost every Red Devil runner. Alex Orihuela was the first to score for the Red Devils, placing 32nd with a personal-best time of 17:50.20* and earning the only medal for the Richmond boys on the day. He was followed in seconds by Ivan Orihuela in 37th with a time of 17:54.70*, with Ethan Miller hot on his heels in 49th with a time of 18:18.00*. Ethan Newton and Xavier Ogle pushed each other to new best finishes, with Newton in 70th at 19:04.91* and Ogle in 71st at 19:08.20*. Jack Ferrell and Greyson Farmer rounded out the top seven for the day in 87th and 89th, with times of 19:33.00* and 19:38.90. 

Four more Red Devil runners ran the varsity race, all for personal-best times. Alex Antrim placed 97th with a time of 19:49.50*, AJ Carter placed 108th with a time of 20:23.10*, Noah McClain placed 109th with a time of 20:24.00*, and Ethan Cordova placed 110th with a time of 20:24.80*. 

The boys finished in 8th place out of a tough field of 16 schools overall. 

The cannon for the girls’ race went off at 9:00 AM, and three Richmond medalists soon finished the race. Savanna Blair raced her way into the top ten of the race, breaking last week’s personal record run again with a seventh-place time of 20:17.60*. Keena Barker and Lizzy Graham also earned medals for their runs, with Keena in 17th with a time of 21:09.80* and Lizzy in 22nd with a time of 21:28.50*. Saturday marked a return to form for Lydia Casiano, who put up a personal-best race of 23:13.90* to earn 68th in the race. Katy Peacock shaved three minutes off her previous personal record, racing a time of 23:35.40* for 81st place. Gracie Thalls and Alex Parker finished out the top seven for the day in 88th and 98th, with respective times of 23:46.50* and 24:06.00*. 

Olivia Bailey came in hot on Parker’s heels with a 99th-place finish and a time of 24:07.20*. The varsity race wrapped up with finishes from Allison Stout and debut-runner Bess Scheiben in 115th and 145th, with times of 25:10.50 and 27:07.20*, respectively. 

Overall, strong finishes from the front of the pack led the girls to a 5th-place finish in a strong field of 17 teams.

In the boys’ reserve race, Josh Gilbert made a statement by breaking his past personal record by two minutes, finishing in 125th with a time of 22:37.10*. Lorenzo Nicoli made his RHS cross country debut, finishing his race in 150th place with a time of 24:03.20*. Titus Moore also took a huge chunk of time off his personal-record time, placing 165th with a three-minute PR of 25:34.40*. 

“It was a big day for everybody,” said head coach Dylan Cope. “We hit some milestones! I think today was the first day that we finally showed our potential as a team.”

The Red Devils return to action in the last of two meets run in Richmond at the Wayne County Meet on Thursday, September 9th at 5:30 PM at IU East, followed by a short turnaround to Saturday’s Randolph Southern Invitational at Randolph Southern at 9:00 AM. Come see your Red Devils run locally! 

Personal-record finishes are denoted by a starred time. All official times for this particular meet can be viewed on DirectAthletics.com.


By Hunter Lambright on Sep 4, 2021

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