WMS cross country starts season by placing at Panther Invitational

August 22, 2018

Submitted Photo The Wayne Middle School cross country team performed in the Panther Invitational event on Saturday.

WAYNE — Wayne Middle School boys and girls cross country complimented the high school program with some top finishes of their own in Saturday’s Panther Invitational event.

The girl’s team placed three top 10 finishers in Kamryn Wolfe (8th grade), Laura Queen (7th grade) and Brianna Workman (7th grade). Wolfe topped the list with a third place finish followed by Queen in fourth and Workman in sixth.

“This group did great. They will get to run as a team next week and I expect big things out of all them,” coach Jeanette Rutherford said. “This was a learning experience for them. Two ran last year but they are young and still learning how to race. I felt they would do well and they have proved a lot to themselves.”

Seventh grader Ava Edmonds also competed with the middle school squad.

Lucas Queen (6th grade) and Levi Queen (7th grade) held down the boys division of the middle school race. Lucas Queen nearly edged a victory with a second place finish while Levi Queen also ran competitively coming in sixth.

“They are learning like the girls group. These two went out strong and held on for two great finishes,” Rutherford said.

Like the girls, the boys will get to run as a team next week.

“From high school to middle school, all of our groups impressed me this weekend. We work hard everyday in practice and the races showed it. We still have a lot to work on and a long season ahead,” Rutherford said.

“I also want to make sure the support system these kids have continues to be great. It makes it fun for the kids and I want everyone to know how much it is appreciated and we enjoy them coming.”

Stay tuned to the Wayne County News for further updates on both the Wayne Middle and High School track programs.

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