The Wooster Generals proved to be too good on all fronts as the Generals dominated the annual Wayne-Holmes County Invite in cross country action in Orrville on Saturday, Oct. 6.
Wooster’s girls churned out 73 points to slip past runner-up Waynedale’s 82-point effort. Orrville wasn’t far behind in third with 98 while Triway placed fourth with 104 points. Smithville, Dalton, Chippewa, West Holmes, Northwestern and Norwayne rounded out the top 10.
On the boys side of the ledger, the Generals ran consistently up front and accumulated 54 points to easily win the event. Runner-up went to Orrville, who racked up 86 points to easily outdistance third-place Norwayne’s 128 points. Triway was fourth at 135, and West Holmes was fifth with 151. Smithville, Waynedale, Dalton, Northwestern and Chippewa rounded out the top 10.
Individually on the boys run, Steven Hennis of Chippewa put forth a gold-medal effort, finishing in a winning time of 16:42.9. Smithville’s Noah Navratil was second in 16:59.3, and Wooster’s Lane Wilson was third in 17:09.6. Other Generals lurking in the top 20 included Breydan Hann (7th/17:29.6), Lucas Lindemuth (11th/17.43) and Ashton Dunlap (13th/17.48).
Hiland’s Tyler Kuhns, a team of one for the Hawks, earned an All-Wayne-Holmes second-team nod by placing 20th in 18:21.4.
The Red Riders got top-20 efforts from Stuart Kirkbride (8th/17.32), Caleb Endicott (12th/17.44) and James Shupp (16th/17.57). Triway’s Ian Speicher placed fourth in 17:11, Wayndale’s Johnathan Varner was fifth in 17:12 and sixth went to Dalton’s Mason Kutz in 17:25.
The lone Knight in the top 20 was Caiden Carter, whose time of 18:09 placed him 18th. Jonathan Clark just missed a top-20 bid by placing 22nd in 18:26. Cade Wagers placed 30th in 18:51, Haeden Wolfe was 48th in 19:48, Travett Boughman was 49th in 19:57 and Caden Zigler was 69th in 20:50.
West Holmes head coach Kevin Beachy said at this point in the season he likes where his team is running as a group, but he would like to see some greater improvement to move up in the standings.
“I like the way the guys are running in practice so far,” Beachy said of his boys team. “We have had some really great practices, but they haven’t quite translated into meets yet.”
In the girls meet, Orrville’s Maya Hamsher continued her incredible season by capturing a title with a run of 19:41.2. That was well ahead of runner-up Ashley Kish of Chippewa, who finished in 20:16.9. Third-place went to Northwestern’s Weslea Arthur in 20:49.1, and a pair of Generals, Melina Mera (21:06.4) and Rachel Cornelius (21:10.7) finished out the top five.
Orrville’s Alyssa Plumley (21:19), Kylee Gray of Waynedale (21:27) and Smithville’s Katie Larson (21:35) finished sixth through eighth with West Holmes sophomore Katie Sprang placing ninth in 21:41.6, one-tenth ahead of 10th-place finisher Allison Henegar of Chippewa.
Triway’s Rylee Oberly was 11th in 21:54, 12th went to Molly Soehnlen of Dalton (21:56) and Waynedale’s Cassie Scherer was 13th (21:57), followed by Ashleigh Clabaugh of Smithville (22:02), Triway’s Miriam Astyer (22:11), Regan Seifried of Orrville ((22:40), Lily Baechle of Dalton (22:41), Holly Miller of Wooster (22:48), and a pair of Golden Bears, Kylie Adams (22:50) and Alyce Yoder (22:52), to round out the top 20 to earn All-Wayne-Holmes honors.
For the Lady Knights, who ended up eighth out of 11 teams, it was far back from Sprang, the next WHHS runner coming in at 43rd, where Erin Norman settled in with a time of 25:40. Eleah Crayton (25:46) was 47th, Carolyn Rohr (26:45) placed 55th, Brogan Steimel (27:20) ended up 59th and Brooklyn Adkins (28:37) placed 68th in the field of 97 runners.
“We’ve been dealing with some injuries with the girls,” Beachy said of his Lady Knights. That includes Sprang, who continues to work her way back into top form. “Katie is looking a lot better, but she’s not all the way back. But overall we keep finding progress at different times in different people. We have seen a lot of encouraging things at practice, but again, the potential hasn’t played itself out in the meets. These kids have continued to work hard. We just need to see those kinds of results in a meet.”
West Holmes’ Camden Doty ran fourth, finishing in 12:17.8, trailing only champion Owen Riggenbach of Chippewa (11:35.5), runner-up Kade Whitman of Triway (12:04.2) and Northwestern’s Kade Tegtmeier (12:05.4). Orrville’s Josh Rittgers ran seventh in 12:40.1. Chippewa won the team event with 39 points, followed by Wooster Edgewood with 52.
Chippewa also won the middle school girls event, collecting 46 points to edge Norwayne at 55.
Annabel Stanely of Norwayne won the event in 12:30.8, edging by runner-up Brianna Chenevey of Dalton’s time of 13:45.4. Lady Knight Brenna Myers was the top runner from West Holmes, finishing 10th in 15:02.9. Orrville was paced by a seventh-place finish from Rachel Dreher (14:40.6).