Blue Devil Junior High Cross Country Teams Combine For Five Medals During State Meet, Miller Wins Boys 3K

PAPILLION – With the high school cross country season moving onto their district competition this week, the Wayne Junior High programs were put on full display this past weekend.

From the Papillion-LaVista South Walnut Creek Course, Wayne JH had strong representation during the Junior High State Cross Country Meet on Saturday.

Between the boys and girls teams, they brought home five medals.

Reagan McGuire earned a 16th place medal with the time of 13:23 to pace the Wayne Junior High girls while Lilyan Hurner placed 20th with the time of 13:40. Other results came from Josie Ley (45th – 14:36), Sophia Spieker (95th – 15:55) and Sharon Vasquez 114th – 16:46). The Wayne JH girls team finished fourth place out of 12 teams with 135 points among 164 total runners on the 3,000-meter course.

Drew Miller was crowned the overall champion in the Junior High boys division with a time of 11:07 as he becomes the second Wayne boys open race champion since current Wayne Varsity runner Jesus Zavala won the 2019 race in a time of 11:13. Miller recorded the second fastest time in the open race since 2012 when the Junior High State Cross Country meet began.

Drew led the race from start to finish. When asked what he was thinking throughout the race, Drew stated, “I just kept thinking that I wasn’t going to let anyone pass me.”

Emmanuel Gonzalez earned an 11th place medal with a time of 11:50 while Boden Dobbins also placed 17th with a time of 12:03. Rounding out the Wayne JH boys results were Lance Brink (87th – 13:34) and Payton Junck (121st – 14:17) helped the boys team finished fifth with 149 points among the 20 teams on the 3,000-meter course.

Co-head cross country coach, Courtney Maas added, “It was an amazing day to run with it being only 77 degrees with a slight breeze. These kids came to compete and showed what they are capable of. We are just so proud of the effort they showed and the representation they have given Wayne Blue Devils.” Coach Terry Beair stated, “The atmosphere of this meet is so exciting. There were over 1,100 participants in the meet today. These runners ran very well. It was a lot of fun to watch.”

The Wayne High girls and boys cross country varsity program will make a return trip to the Pierce Community Golf Course on Thursday, October 14 for the C-3 District race.