Wayne cross country finishes runner-up at Boyd County
BOYD COUNTY — The Wayne Middle School cross country team had one of their best finishes of the year at this week’s Giovanni’s Pizza Invitational hosted by Boyd County High School.
Both the boys and girls team came home with runner-up finishes to a strong 13 team field.
“I am so proud of how both teams ran and couldn’t ask for a better effort from any of the kids,” coach Jeanette Rutherford said. “It’s funny, when you see us competing with teams like Milton who might have 30 plus kids on each of their boys’ and girls’ teams and we only have six girls and five boys. In cross country it takes five athletes to even score as a team, so our kids get more out of their effort than any of the other teams we compete against.”
The girls came home with two top 10 finishers with Olivia Williamson (7th) and Laura Queen (9th). Kamryn Wolfe just missed a podium finish with an 11th place effort and Hannah Lester came through with her best run of the season by finishing 13th. Brianna Workman finished out the scoring with a 35th place finish and Ava Edmonds came home with a 65th place.
“Williamson and Wolfe are rock solid every week, but Queen and Lester really come in clutch with their best runs of the year,” Rutherford said.
On the boy’s side, the brother duo of Chace and Chance Thompson.
Chace Thompson finished seventh and Chance Thompson ninth in the competitive field. They were followed by the Queen brothers, Lucas and Levi. Lucas Queen led the way 11th and Levi Queen followed in 25th.
Wayne’s high school team used this meet as an opportunity to rest some of the team and give others a chance to compete at the varsity level. Baylee Draper finished 48th while Bailey Williamson ended up 62nd in her first meet of the year. Kami Chapman (75th) and Elizabeth Queen (87th) rounded out the Wayne runners.
“Some of our girls are a little tired and dinged up right now so we decided to hold a few of them out for a couple weeks before we hit our stretch run to regionals. However, I was proud of the effort from all of the girls that ran at Boyd County,” Rutherford said.
In the latest RUNWV.com rankings, Wayne’s girls’ team is currently ranked 10th in A-AA which is the first time in school history they have broken into the top 10.