Cross-country ‘closing the gap’
Marion’s cross-country team ran Thursday at Halstead’s Wedgewood Golf Course, a mostly flat but fast course.
The team was led by Gavin Wasmuth, who placed eighth out of 102 runners. Luke Wessel placed 13th; Eli Klenda, 18th; and Christopher Beery, 21st. Senior Tristen Dye barely missed a medal coming in 28th, giving the varsity boys a runner-up finish out of 14 teams.
“Our varsity runners today ran a great race and competed at a high level,” coach Jason Hett said. “This group is closing the gap with the top teams in the state by the work they are putting in and the drive they have to reach their goals, proving that we belong in the conversation of the top teams in 2A.”
The Warriors will be running Thursday in North Newton at the Bethel College cross-country course.
Goessel’s girls competed in junior varsity division at Berean Academy. Delaney Gibson and Cheyenne Sawyer finished first and second with times of 24:24.85 and 26:00.43. Braylyn Hoopes picked up fourth, and Marlene Schueler finished tenth.
Javin Schmidt and Joey Lapp led the varsity boys’ team with times of 19:47.05 and 20:26.85.
The Goessel teams will compete Thursday at Bethel.