Blue Devil Girls, Boys Cross Country Three Weeks Out From Opening Season

WAYNE – After another busy summer of logging miles and getting set for the cross country season, the Wayne High girls and boys are looking to keep that conditioning going until their first competition.

Co-head coaches Courtney Mass (girls) and Terry Beair (boys) are back in their respective positions looking to show off their Blue Devil cross country program.

On the girls side, coach Mass is expecting 15-20 runners between junior high and high school. She said the team took part in a team-building day last week.

“We took a trip up to Yankton and had a team-building run,” said coach Maas. “We hiked up to an overlook and we said our goals and had our team meeting. It was just really a great experience for them to come together and get to know each other.”

Top returners will be Faith Junck, Maddie Beair, Karlee Janke and Andi Belt.

Assisting Wayne High cross country will be Kent Pulfer.

For the WHS boys, the team will have around 25-30 kids from junior high and high school. Coach Beair said at one point over the summer over 44 kids 7-12 were running during the summer conditioning

“We really are impressed with the kids that are out and the kids that are coming up,” coach Beair added. “It’s an intricate family, it’s good-knit, it’s a good team aspect of it and can’t wait to get the season going.”

Christopher Woerdemann has been voted captain for the third straight year and Sean Aschoff both have recorded times of under 19-minute PR’s for the 5k. The team is mainly junior and sophomore dominant.

Time trials are scheduled for Friday, August 23 and Friday, August 30 at 5 p.m. from the cross country practice field.

The opening competition for Wayne High will be the Boone Central/Newman Grove Invite on Friday, September 6 at 4:30 p.m. Following the Norfolk Catholic Invite on Friday, September 13, WHS will host their own invitational on Monday, September 16 at 4:30 p.m. From the Wayne Country Club back-nine, 13 other varsity teams will join Wayne High.