ENGLEWOOD — Wayne senior Jared Wamsley and junior Jacob Miller continued their impressive season by advancing to the Regional Championships next weekend. Wamsley finished 17th in 17:13 and Miller was 29th in 17:28 at districts held at Miami Valley Career Technical Center. This marked the first time a Wayne male runner has advanced to regionals since 2009.
The boys team finished 10th, just two places from advancing as a team, despite not running their fastest times of the season.
“At this point in the season, it is all about advancing to the next meet,” said Wayne Coach Todd Anderson. “This race was run more tactical than fast, which accounted for some slower times for the teams. I’m proud of how Jared and Jacob ran the race because they knew exactly what they had to do to advance.”
Wamsley told the Courier that he and Miller have been talking about this race since May.
“So, we worked together all summer to get to where we are, so we’re more than excited to go,” said Wamsley. “That was the main goal the whole time.”
Wamsley said that on Saturday the race came down to “more of a tactical race” with some slower times due partly to the head winds.
“But, we were able to squeeze into the top 32, which is what we needed to qualify.” said Wamsley.
Freshmen Lucas Houk and Robert Cole finished third and fourth for the Warriors taking 61st overall in 18:17 and 75th overall in 18:40, followed by juniors Brian Mackey and Travis Colton. Freshman Alex Showers rounded out the boys team results.
“We had a lot of underclassman running at District this year and it was a good learning experience,” said Anderson. “They were all pretty disappointed since they were so close to advancing, but they are motivated to get back here next year.”
The girls team concluded their season, finishing 18th out of the 22 schools. Kristen Hoelscher led the team with a 72nd place finish, followed by seniors Natalie Austin and Jackie Thomas. Freshman Abigail Kerestes, junior Muskan Chander and senior Aramis Williamson were the top finishers for the team.
“The girls district teams are some of the top teams in the state,” said Anderson. “It is very difficult for any team to advance. The girls all ran very well and they should be proud of how much they have improved this season.”
Wamsley and Miller will compete at the Regional Championships on Saturday, Oct. 31 at Troy Memorial Stadium and the Division 1 boys race will be at 3 p.m.
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