The Red Devils claimed victory Tuesday night over several teams in the Union County Invitational. Both boys and girls cross country came home with a first-place finish despite some minor setbacks.
The boys race kicked off at 6:00 PM, and Alex Orihuela once again was the first finisher for the Red Devils, taking second place overall with a time of 18:15.6. He was followed closely by Ethan Miller in third place, notching a time of 18:22.5 for the evening. Ivan Orihuela came in eighth for the Red Devils, followed closely by Xavier Ogle in a single shoe in ninth. Ivan ran a time of 19:22.3, while Xavier ran a time of 19:25.8. Rounding out the scorers for the night, Ethan Newton finished in 14th place with a time of 20:07.7. Alex Antrim and Noah McClain wrapped up the top seven runners for Richmond in 15th and 17th, with respective times of 20:18.7 and 20:43.4.
Other finishers for the boys team included AJ Carter (26th, 21:47.3), Greyson Farmer (29th, 22:16.3), Josh Gilbert (35th, 22:58.1), Camden Baisden (38th, 24:09.5), Lorenzo Nicoli (40th, 24:29.8), and Titus Moore (48th, 26:46.8).
In the girls race, Richmond was able to place all five scoring finishers in the top ten of the meet, sealing victory early and decisively.
Keena Barker was the first Red Devil runner to cross the finish line, placing second with a time of 21:16.7. Lizzy Graham was the next to finish, taking fourth place with a time of 22:01.0. In the only personal-record race of the evening, Katy Peacock placed fifth for the Red Devils with a time of 23:33.1*. Lydia Casiano came in at 24:01.2, taking seventh place in the race for Richmond. Finishing out the scoring performances for the Red Devils, Olivia Bailey finished in tenth with a time of 24:37.7. The pack kept coming, with Alex Parker (12th, 25:06.7), Gracie Thalls (14th, 25:49.8), and Allison Stout (15th, 25:50.8) all cruising into the top fifteen of the meet.
“It’s a big deal that we won on both sides,” said head coach Dylan Cope. “All 8 of our girls finished in the top 15. It was good for both the boys and girls to get a win. It’s been a long time since the boys and girls got a win in the same meet. Morale is high.”
The Red Devils return to race again this Saturday, September 18th, in Centerville at the Centerville Invitational. The boys race kicks off at 9:00 AM.
By: Hunter Lambright