SYRACUSE – Saturday was a big day for the Wawasee middle school boys and girls cross country teams. Wawasee claimed three of the four team titles, winning the boys and girls varsity races as well as the boys reserve race.
Wawasee’s boys varsity team ran away with the title, totaling just 32 points to pull away from Lakeview’s 69 points. Luke Griner led Wawasee with a championship run of 10:11. Braxton Alexander, Bennett Hoffert and Spencer Hare all landed in the top seven with Jace Alexander taking 13th to round out the scoring.
Wawasee’s girls varsity team narrowly beat a strong Indian Springs team, 30-34, for the team title. Carmen Yoder led Wawasee with a third-place finish, with McKenzie Smith, Valeria Pizana, Lila Gregory and Katie Holmes all landing in the top nine places.
The reserve boys from Wawasee rolled to the title with just 17 points to outdistance Edgewood’s 49 points. Isiah Faurote was the individual champion at 11:34, followed by runner-up Benson Yoder, Cameron Rager and Even Coblentz all in a row. Jared Pritchard was seventh to round out Wawasee’s victory.
The reserve girls from Wawasee were runner-up to Indian Springs. Autumn Yoder and Genevieve Cierpilowski were eighth and ninth to lead Wawasee.