Warren County Impresses at Central Invitational

Despite having a few of their top runners absent from last Saturday’s season opening meet, the Warren County Wildcats cross country team turned in an impressive performance at the Central Invitational.

The Warren County boys team finished fifth overall, despite not having the services of one of the top runners, Bailey Grant, along with Nate Brown and Jake Taylor.

All three runners were taking their SAT test.

The Warren County girls team also turned in a good performance with at fourth-place finish in the 16-team field.
“We were very pleased with each of the individual performances from our athletes,” Warren County coach Joseph Owens said. “It was great to see the hard work that they have been putting in since the summer pay off for them.”

D.J. Staton led the Warren boys with a third-place overall finish with an impressive time of 16:24.

The Wildcats other top finishers were Isaiah Dade at 28th (18:01), Nolan Johnson 45th (18:42), Jaydon Halter 48th (18:51), and Michael Kely 59th (19:01). “We are excited to see how they perform with a full team,” Owens said. “It’s great to see results and know that the kids are buying into what you are doing as a program.”

Jacqui Ris led the girls with an 8th overall finish, with a time of 20:03.

Freshman Whitley Doyon also impressed in her first varsity race with a 21st place finish and a time of 21:03.

Other Lady Wildcats were, Carlene Viars 30th (21:43), Kyra Treutlein 35th (21:53), Kiersten Tanner 40th (22:08), Rebecca Ranney 43rd (22:29), Kylie Burnworth (22:55), and Nichole Rittergers 59th (23:29).

“The girls team had a very strong showing,” Owens said. “They showed a lot of heart battling it out with a field of tough competitors.”
The Skyline girls team also ran a solid race, finishing 7th overall.

Sabrina Wilkins broke the 20 minute mark with a time of 19:33 to finish fourth overall.

Carrie Hotek, who won the individual medal in last year’s Central Invitational, finished fifth overall this year with a time of 19:35.

“Carrie just started out too fast,” Skyline coach Rodger Seemiller said. “She’s just like a race car, all revved up. Sometimes she just has to slow down.

“We have high expectations for both her and Wilkins this year.”

Other Lady Hawks competing were, Kaitlin Cramer 50th (22:53), Lindsey Ritenour 72nd (24:45), Madison Tingle 74th (24:50), Audrey Dueweke 75th (24:51), and Kelsie Keene 77th (25:08).

The Skyline boys placed 10th overall and were led by Jordan Price with a time of 18:58, good for 54th overall.

Other Hawks in the race were, Nick Schwelker 68th (19:25), Walker Wilkens 77th (20:15), Sayf Smadi 79th (20:39), Joe Hillaert 84th (21:10), Layth Smadi 86th (21:27), and Drew Thompson 87th (21:51).

“They are a very young team, lots of fresh- men and sophomores,” Seemiller said. “They are just gaining experience.”

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