SYRACUSE – The Wawasee Middle School cross country teams have been rather successful to begin its 2014 campaigns.
Last weekend at the Prairie Heights Panther runs, McKenzie Smith led the way for the girls varsity team finishing fourth overall. The Lady Warriors put four runners on the awards podium in Smith, Katie Haines (6th), Lila Gregory (9th) and Valeria Pizana (12th) and placed second overall as a team with 54 points. St. Charles/St. Jude Middle School won the team title with 50 points.
Wawasee’s Luke Griner won the boys varsity race in a time of 11:00 and was joined on the awards stage by Spencer Hare (4th), Braxton Alexander (5th), Ben Hoffert (7th) and Jace Alexander (15th). The boys team brought home first place honors, scoring just 32 points while St. Charles/St. Jude finished second with 46 points.
Wawasee opened its cross country season Aug. 26 at the third annual Wawasee Cross Country Invitational. Smith won the girls varsity race in a time of 11:55 while Griner won the boys varsity race in 10:50. In the seven-team field, the Wawasee girls brought home the winner’s trophy with a score of 24 to Fairfield’s second-place 52 points. Not to be outdone, Wawasee’s boys also won, scoring just 25 points to Lakeview’s 67 points.