KEARNEY – A handful of runners from the Wayne High girls and boys cross country team were able to race on the state meet course in late September.
From the Kearney Country Club, WHS joined 27 Class C girls and 36 Class C boys teams during a mini state meet which featured all four classes of cross country in the 2021 UNK High School Invite.
The Wayne High girls placed eighth with 165 points while the Blue Devil boys finished 13th with 319 points.
In the girls division of Class C, Lincoln Christian placed first with 60 points, followed by Douglas County in runner-up with 75 points, Arlington took third with 101 points, Sidney came in fourth with 111 points and Minden rounded out the top five teams with 127 points.
Individually, Keeli Green from Arlington won the race in 19 minutes, nearly 90 seconds ahead of runner-up Talissa Tanquary of Sidney (20:27).
The top two girls for Wayne High were unable to finish the race due to heat as junior Laura Hasemann placed 23rd in a time of 22:37. There were 187 runners in the Class C girls race.
Other Blue Devil results came from sophomore Frantzdie Barner (43rd – 23:47); freshman Olivia Hanson (58th – 24:34); freshman Yama Kantai (59th – 24:41); freshman Norah Armstrong (123rd – 27:17) and freshman Ava Elliot (129th – 27:30).
From the boys division, Sidney won the team race with 48 points, followed by Milford in second with 75 points, Fort Calhoun placed third with 80 points, Lincoln Christian took fourth with 86 points and Arlington rounded out the top five teams with 117 points.
Individually, Carson Noecker of Hartington-Newcastle placed first with a time of 15:58, nearly a minute faster than runner-up Luke Bonifas of Adams Central (16:54). The Class C boys race featured 301 runners.
Sophomore Jesus Zavala posted a 21st place finish in a time of 18:36 to lead Wayne High.
Other Blue Devils results featured sophomore Mason Ley (86th – 20:09); sophomore Alex Frank (115th – 20:46); junior Ethan McCraney (117th – 20:49); junior Easton Blecke (148th – 21:29); sophomore Parker Kesting (224th – 23:42) and sophomore Adrian Klinetobe (282nd – 26:58).
The Wayne High girls and boys cross country team will next be in action on Thursday, September 30 during the David City Aquinas Invite starting at 4:30 p.m.