Two Blue Devils qualify for state, team just misses
The Wayne High girls cross country team just missed out on a trip to state, but two Blue Devils earned trips as individuals in the C-2 district meet Thursday at O’Neill Country Club.
Andrea Torres and Gabi Meyer will both represent Wayne at next week’s State Cross Country Championships in Kearney. Torres finished third in 20:53, while Meyer was ninth in 21:34. The top three teams and top 15 individuals qualify for the state meet.
Emily Chamberlain just missed qualifying for state by two seconds, placing 17th in 22;07. Also running for Wayne was Molly Hoskins (32nd, 24:20), Sarah Greenwald (35th, 24:30) and Andi Belt (36th, 24:35).
As a team, Wayne was edged out by Hartington-Newcastle by two points to finish fourth. Boone Central/Newman Grove won the district title with 39 points, followed by Columbus Scotus with 51 and Hartington-Newcastle with 59. Wayne had 61 points, one point better than Norfolk Catholic.
In boys action, Brandon Wacker was the fastest Blue Devil to come home, finishing 29th in a time of 19:12. Christopher Woerdemann finished 39th in 19:59, followed by Treyton Blecke (56th, 21:26),
Liam Spieker (58th, 21:49), Cole Hobza (60th, 22:10) and Lance Muhs (65th, 23:58). The Wayne High boys finished 11th in the team standings. Teams qualifying for state were Norfolk Catholic (41), Hartington-Newcastle (50) and Pierce (54).
The State Cross Country Championships will be held next Friday, Oct. 20, at Kearney Country Club, beginning at 12 p.m.