SPRINGFIELD — The Wayne Cross Country team competed at the Buck Creek Invitational on Saturday. The team was faced with cold and wet condition, but the Warriors fared well against some tough competition. The boys finished 11th out of 22 teams and the girls were 19th.
The top finisher for the boys was Jacob Miller, who finished 21st overall in a time of 17:32. Lucas Houk was next, 30th (17:46), followed by Bobby Cole (19:06). Jared Wamsley, Alex Showers and Travis Colton completed the team scoring in 19:36, 19:37 and 19:43, respectively.
“For the boys team to finish where they did, without being at full strength, is a good sign that the team is doing well,” said Coach Todd Anderson. “We were trying some different things to get ready for the postseason meets, which will hopefully make the team better.”
The girls were again led by Kristen Hoelscher who continues to improve her racing, establishing a new personal best in 23:05. Seniors Natalie Austin and Jackie Thomas followed closely behind (24:25 and 25:08). Abigail Kerestes and Rebekah Spence rounded out the scoring.
“The girls team just keeps getting better,” said Anderson. “There were some tough conditions during this race and they all ran right at their best times. They are definitely ready to see a big drop in time.”
The team will finish their regular season this week at the Tippecanoe Invitational on Wednesday and then at the Piqua Invitational on Saturday. The GWOC Championships are next weekend in Centerville.