HUBER HEIGHTS — The Wayne cross-country team had what Coach Todd Anderson called “a great performance” at the Greater Western Ohio Conference (GWOC) Championships on Saturday in Centerville as the boys placed fourth in the Central Division and ninth in the conference.
The boys were led by senior Jared Wamsley who improved his season best, running in 16:40, good enough for a sixth place divisional finish to earn first-team all-division honors.
“It has been since 2005 that a Wayne boy runner has earned first team honors,” said Anderson. “We are in a very tough division and to earn that, is quite an accomplishment.”
Junior Jacob Miller finished 18th in the division, followed by freshman Lucas Houk, who was 20th.
“Both Jacob and Lucas were just a couple of seconds away from earning all-division honors as well,” said Anderson. “They both had their best times of the year at the right time.”
Two more freshman, Robert Cole and Alex Showers finished next for the Warriors in times of 18:29 and 19:20, respectively.
“Having three freshman finish in our top five definitely gives us momentum for future years,” said Anderson. “They are all running really well and are looking forward to improving.”
Juniors Brian Mackey and Travis Colton rounded out the varsity action in times of 19:32 and 20:04.
“The most impressive achievement that the boys achieved was to run a varsity average time of 17:48,’ said Anderson. “It has been many years since Wayne has ran under the 18:00 mark for a team average. It was a team goal of ours since the beginning of the season and we finally achieved it.”
The girls finished sixth in the Central Division and 14th in the entire conference. The girls were led by sophomore Kristen Hoelscher who ran an impressive 22:15 to finish 24th in the division.
“Kristen ran a very competitive race and finished in a good position for our division,” said Anderson.
Seniors Natalie Austin and Jackie Thomas finished next for the Warriors (32nd, 24:30; and 33rd, 24:36 respectively). Freshman Abigail Kerestes, junior Muskan Chander and senior Aramis Williamson finished the varsity scoring.
“We are definitely peaking at the right time of the season,” said Anderson. “We ran our best races at the conference championships, which is what our goal was all along. We still have at least one more race this season and I hope we have one more great race in us.”
The Wayne cross-country team begins post-season tournaments on Saturday at MVCTC. The girls will run at 1 p.m. and the boys at 1:45 p.m. The top eight teams and 32 individuals will advance to the Regional Championships the following weekend.