MIAMISBURG – The Wayne cross country team continued their season on Saturday at the Miamisburg Invitational and had an excellent showing. The placed many runners high in their races and was highlighted by Lucas Houk (16:31) who was the runner-up in the Varsity Boys race which included about 450 runners. Houk dropped another 30 seconds off his personal best and had an outstanding finish to propel himself into the second position.
“This was probably Lucas’s best race of he has ever run, not only by his time, but by the way he competed,” said Coach Todd Anderson. “He ran a smart first mile, at a good pace, which helped him have more energy at the end. He was sitting in about fifth place with less than a half a mile to go, but had a stronger finish than the rest of them.”
Senior Jacob Miller also broke the 17-minute mark for the first time in his career (16:48) to earn 15th place.
“Jacob also had a fantastic race,” said Anderson. “He has been working hard for a long time to get under 17 minutes and I’m happy that he did it.”
Noah McGeorge (18:41), Lane Vukovic (18:52) and Daniel Cole (19:02) finished the scoring for the Warriors.
“These three runners have been dropping time like crazy this season already,” Anderson said. “They are becoming more competitive in their running and are able to use more strategy in their racing as well.”
The team had many runners who established new personal bests and placed high at the meet. Vincent Statzer (19:21), Travis Colton (19:33) and Brian Mackey (19:45) all broke the 20 minute mark.
The boys team finished ninth out of the 25 teams at the invitational.
For the girls, they placed 15th out of 20 teams and were led by Kristen Hoelscher who also set a new personal best at 21:38 to finish 38th in the 300-plus runner field.
“Kristen just continues to get faster each week and is really getting some confidence in her racing ability,” said Anderson. “She should be getting close to breaking that 20 minute mark by the end of the season.”
Freshman Schyler Shenck, running in her first high school race, ran a 24:44 to finish in the top half of the race. Madelynn Cochren (25:39) and Abigail Kerestes (25:55) went under 26 minutes for the first time in high school. Finishing the scoring for the lady Warriors was Brooklyn McFadden (26:52) and Rebekah Spence (27:37).
“All these ladies are running very well for this point in the season,” Anderson said. “The girls team has a faster team average than we have had in many years, which is exciting. I am really proud of where the team is right now. They have been training hard all season so far and it is really starting to show in our racing. We still have some work to do to continue to improve.”
The Warriors will be back in action on Saturday, Sept. 10th at the Brookville Invitational held at Golden Gate Park.