The Wayne Cross Country team competed at the Alliance Invitational at Miami Valley Career Technology Center. The boys team finished 13th out of 18 teams, while the girls finished 15th in a highly competitive field.
Senior Jared Wamsley led the way for the boys with a 27th overall finish in a time of 17:17, followed by Jacob Miller (17:45). Lucas Houk improved his personal best running the 5k in 18:11, followed by fellow freshman runner Alex Showers. Juniors Travis Colton and Brian Mackey rounded out the varsity action for the team.
“For the most part, the team did not perform as well as they should,” said Wayne Coach Todd Anderson. “This is one of the fastest courses and meets of the season and we did not race as well as we could have. We were missing a couple of our runners, but we still should have been able to place higher.”
Sophomore Kristen Hoelscher once again was the top finisher for the girls, running in 25:15, followed by only three seconds by Natalie Austin. Jackie Thomas (26:04), Abigial Kerestes (30:34) and Rebekah Spence (31:28) were the next placers.
“The girls were all very close to their personal bests, but still did not compete as well as they could have,” said Anderson. “It was raining slightly during their race, which did slow them down a bit.”
The team will compete twice this week. On Tuesday, they will compete at the Ohio Caverns Invitational in West-Liberty and then on Saturday they will be in Centerville at Saturday Night Lights.