HUBER HEIGHTS — The Wayne Warriors cross country team had a successful last week, competing and placing high in two invitationals. On Wednesday, the team ran at the Fairborn Invitational where the boys placed fourth out of 20 teams and the girls were eighth out of 15 teams.
The boys were led by Lucas Houk (5th) and Jacob Miller (6th). The team had a large pack of runners who rounded out the team scoring: Daniel Cole (30th), Vincent Statzer (31st), Lane Vukovic (32nd) and Noah McGeorge (33rd). For the girls, they were led by Kristen Hoelscher (6th) and also had a group of runners who finished near one another: Schyler Schenck (44th), Madelynn Cochren (53rd), Abigail Kerestes (57th), Muskan Chander (61st) and Rebekah Spence (67th).
“We were trying a different strategy this race and it was a very difficult course, which led to some slower times than what we are used to. Overall the team ran well and competed through the whole race, which is what we were looking for.”
Saturday, the team competed in the Brookville Invitational. The boys finished 4th out of the 7 teams; the girls team did not place as a team due to having only 4 runners. Once again, Lucas Houk led the boys team with a 3rd place finish and Jacob Miller finished 6th. “Lucas and Jacob just keep placing high at a all these meets. Lucas has placed in the top 10 the last 4 meets and Jacob the last 3 meets. They have been running really well and I look for them to continue this success.”
Sophomore Vincent Statzer placed 3rd for the Warriors with a 35th place finish and Noah McGeorge was 37th. “Vincent and Noah continue to impress me as well. They have been running determined and competitive which is exactly what we need at this point of the season.” Daniel Cole (48th) and Lane Vukovic (49th) finished the scoring for the team.
The girls only had 4 runners due to some taking the ACT the same day, but the team did have several runners put on a solid performance. Kristen Hoelscher finished 12th overall (22:51), Madelynn Cochren (45th), Abigail Kerestes (55th) and Rebekah Spence (67th) put the Warriors in a good position.
“For some reason this year, this was a slow meet this year. We usually run very well at this meet, but everyone was a little slower than normal. Not too worried about it, we just have to keep competing again next week.”
The team will compete on Saturday at the Friendship Invitational held at Cedarville University. “I am looking forward to next weekend’s meet. There will be some great competition and it will be a good gauge of where we are as a team.”
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