KEARNEY – With a road invite scheduled for later this week, the Wayne High girls and boys cross country teams sent runners to a mini-state meet to open the week.
From the Kearney Country Club in Kearney, the annual High School Cross Country Meet took place featuring all four classes across the state. Over 1,300 runners competed among the eight races.
The Blue Devil girls placed 14th with 258 points while the Wayne High boys finished 26th with 440 points.
Wayne High’s top female runner was sophomore Laura Hasemann who placed 22nd in a time of 21:36 out of 207 runners.
Other Blue Devil girls results came from freshman Frantzdie Barner (50th – 22:58); senior Andi Belt (96th – 24:22); sophomore Erin Avery (118th – 25:13) and freshman Reagan Maas (138th – 25:59).
Junior Alexus Sindelar of Pierce won the Class C girls race in a time of 20:03, seven seconds ahead of freshman Lindee Henning from Ogallala (20:11). Junior Callie Arnold of Pierce also medaled in 16th (21:07). Pierce’s team finished third with 128 points as it was Douglas County West totaling 92 points to win the Class C girls team race.
The WHS boys were led by freshman Jesus Zavala in 23rd during a time of 17:58 out of 307 runners.
Other Wayne High boys results saw senior Christopher Woerdemann (127th – 19:57); senior Treyton Blecke (161st – 20:33); freshman Alex Frank (171st – 20:48); freshman Mason Ley (180th – 20:56); sophomore Calvin Starzl (187th – 21:11); sophomore Eason Blecke (196th – 21:20); sophomore Braydn McCorkindale (201st – 21:23) and sophomore Ethan McCraney (222nd – 21:45).
Sophomore Carson Noecker of Hartington-Newcastle won the Class C boys race in a time of 15:48 ahead of senior Mason Sindelar of Pierce (16:21). Another medalist from Pierce was sophomore Gavin Geneski in 20th (17:53). HNS finished 19th as a team with 358 points as Pierce was the top area team finishing eighth (166 pts). Columbus Scotus won the Class C team race with 103 points.
Freshman Brody Taylor of Ponca placed 13th in a time of 18:30 during the Class D boys race. The team placed 19th with 200 points.
The Wayne High girls and boys cross country team will next compete in the David City Aquinas Catholic Invite on Thursday, October 1.