HUBER HEIGHTS — The Wayne girls cross country team is seeking to improve upon last season.
“We lost our top runner from last year due to a transfer and another varsity runner chose not to return, but we have a good addition of new runners who look to fill those positions,” said Wayne Coach Todd Anderson.
Seniors Natalie Austin, Jackie Thomas and Aramis Williamson look to lead the team on the course and in practice, according to Anderson.
“Natalie is the only senior who returns from last year and has been working hard all summer, which will pay off this season,” said Anderson. “She has been a great leader on the team already. Jackie and Aramis are new to the team this year but have already been an influential addition.”
Junior Muskan Chander moved into the district from Indiana and looks to make an immediate impact on the team, according to Anderson.
Sophmore Kristen Hoelscher was the second runner from last season and looks to be the top runner this year.
“Kristen has been determined all summer to have a good year,” said Anderson. “I think her hard work will pay off and she will see a lot of improvement.”
Anderson indicated that Dominica Holmes is a sophomore who comes to Wayne this season and is ” looking to be a big part of the team as well.”
Abigail Kerestes is the lone freshman on the team. Anderson said she has been training a lot during the summer and “will see a lot of improvement as the season progresses.”
“Even though we still only have seven girls, this is an improvement from last year,” said Anderson. “The reduced participation fee and some new excitement for the program has helped. I believe this will be an improved team from last year.”
The cross country team will begin their season at the OHSAA PreSeason Invitational at National Trail Raceway in Hebron on Saturday.
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