PIQUA — The Wayne cross country team completed their regular season at the Piqua Invitational on Saturday with both the boys and girls team placing high. The boys finished second out of seven teams, while the girls finished third.
The boys were led by Jared Wamsley, who finished third overall in a time of 16:06.
“Jared had an unbelievable race in this meet,” said Todd Anderson. “He is in great shape for the post season.”
Also breaking the 17 minute mark was Lucas Houk who placed ninth in 16:47 and Jacob Miller who took 13th in 16:58.
“Having three runners under 17 minutes is quite an accomplishment for the team,” said Anderson. “That is a difficult time to achieve, let alone to have three runners at that level.”
Robert Cole placed 21st while Brian Mackey, Travis Colton, and Alex Showers finished 30th to 32nd, respectively in varsity action.
“That is a good pack of runners that just keep improving every week,” said Anderson.
The girls were led by Kristen Hoelscher, who is getting closer to breaking the 22 minute mark. She ran a time of 22:04 for 14th overall. She was followed closely behind by Natalie Austin who took 28th in 23:22 and Jackie Thomas who placed 31st in 23:47. Finishing the varsity scoring was Abigail Kerestes, Muskan Chander and Aramis Williamson.
“The girls all had a PR this race,” said Anderson. “This shows that we are continuing to work hard and are constantly improving. They are in good shape to place well in the postseason.”
The cross country team will compete in the GWOC Championships on Saturday at Centerville High School. The junior high races begin at 9:30 a.m. and the high school races begin at 10:30 a.m.