BROOKVILLE – The Wayne Cross country team had a successful week, earning many team and individual awards at the Fairborn Invitational on Wednesday and Brookville Invitational on Saturday. The boys team finished second at Fairborn and third at Brookville. The girls were third at both invitationals. Junior Lucas Houk was undefeated on the week, winning both invitationals.
“Lucas had a great two meets this week, doing what he needed to do to win both races,” said Wayne Cross Country coach Todd Anderson. “This should give him confidence for the rest of the season.”
At Fairborn, after Houk, the varsity team consisted of Vincent Statzer (10th), Rohan Storaci (11th), Cole Williamson (16th), William Stephens (23rd), Noah McGeorge (24th) and Harley Kerns (29th). On the girls side, the team was led by Kristen Hoelscher who finished 5th overall, followed by Schyler Schenck (7th), Madelynn Cochren (15th), Abigail Kerestes (30th), Bailey Koss (33rd) and Kyrsten Childress (39th).
“The entire team had a great meet at Fairborn,” said Anderson. “There were some impressive performances and many established new PRs.”
At Brookville, the team had similar success. Once again the boys were led by Houk who finished first by just one second due to an exciting kick in the last 50 meters to pass the second place runner. Statzer (11th), Storaci (24th), Stephens (34th), Williamson (38th), Larman (40th) and Daniel Cole (44th) finished all under 20 minutes to earn a third place finish for the teams.
The girls were again led by Hoelscher (7th), Schenck (11th), Cochren (20th), Childress (39th), Kerestes (44th), and Koss (50th) were the top placers for the team.
“I was quite impressed with how well we did despite being a difficult week of practice and our second meet of the week,” said Anderson. “We still need to work on finishing strong, but we are being very competitive and that’s important at this point.”
The Warriors will continue their season at the Cedarville Friendship Invitational on Saturday. The boys will run at 10:50 and girls at 11:25.