FAIRBORN — The Wayne Cross Country team had a busy week, competing in two invitationals. The Fairborn Invitational was first and a successful meet for both the boys and girls team.
The highlight of the meet was Jared Wamsley winning the boys race, out of almost 200 runners. Not to be outdone was Jacob Miller, who finished a close second. Overall the boys finished fifth out of 16 teams.
“The conditions of this meet were terrible, as it had stormed a few hours before,” said Wayne Coach Todd Anderson. “The times for every runner were much slower than usual and it was difficult to adjust to the muddy conditions. However, for Jared and Jacob to still finish 1-2 in the meet is quite an accomplishment.”
The girls team finished eighth in the meet, being led by Kristen Hoelscher and Natalie Austin, who finished 49th and 50 respectively.
“It’s difficult to judge how well we did in this meet due to the course conditions,” said Anderson. “Overall, I liked the competitive spirit the team displayed and how they adjusted well to the conditions.”
On Saturday, the team competed at the Miamisburg Invitational. The boys team finished seventh out of 30 teams finishing with a scoring team average time of 18:14, which is the fastest team average in many years.
Wamsley led the team with a ninth place finish in a new personal record of 16:52 and Miller finished 20th in a time of 17:15.
“Jacob Miller absolutely demolished his personal record at this meet,” said Anderson. “This was a very impressive meet for both of these runners.”
Freshmen Robert Cole and Lucas Houk finished next for the Warriors, and rounding out the scoring was sophomore Daniel Cole.
“Out of the 15 boy runners we had competing in this meet, 12 of them set personal bests,” said Anderson. “This team is working real hard right now and I expect these times to continue to drop and the team place to continue to improve.”
On the girls side, the team finished 20th out of 21 teams despite many runners establishing a new personal best.
Austin led the way for the team in a time of 25:23.
“Natalie continues to improve every week. She is getting determined to drop times and is racing very competitively.”
Sophomore Kristen Hoelscher and senior Jackie Thomas followed closely behind, all running under 26 minutes. Abigail Kerestes and Mikki Holmes rounded out the scoring of the team.
“The girls are starting to understand how to race effectively and are implementing some good strategic racing plans,” said Anderson.