‘Cat boys, Viking girls win Wayland Invitational titles

The Wayland boys’ varsity cross-country team captured its third invitational championship this fall Tuesday by taking first in its own soggy tourney at Wayland Middle School.

The Wildcats came up with terrific bunching, taking individual slots five through nine to accumulate 30 points, 17 better than runner-up Hamilton. Hopkins took fourth with 117.

Hopkins took its second championship this season, edging host Wayland by a 56 to 57 count. Martin was fourth at 88.

Devin Weaver led the genuine pack of ‘Cat guys with a time of 18:27.12, followed by Isaac Dyer in 18:40.4, Dylan Pallett in 18:45.58 and Henry Oudbier in 18:54.64.

Olivia Barabas

This probably was the first time in a long time all five scoring Wayland harriers completed the five-kilometer race in under 19 minutes.

Adam Ball led Hopkins by finishing 11th in 19:03.74. Caleb Beilby was 29th, Kenyon Katje 32nd, Ryan Williams 34th and Zachary Wisser 58th.

Martin once again did not field a team but Eli Dykstra was was 14th in 19:17.65 and Alex Morin finished 30th.

Wayland’s Olivia Barabas was individual medalist with a time of 20:40.76. She was pursued by Helena Kerber and Kambria Moored of Hopkins, who took second and third, respectively.

The Wildcats’ Elliot Antel was sixth, Hannah Smith ninth, Ellie Tuinstra 29th and Ruby Sidebotham 31st.

For Hopkins Neveah Helderop was 11th, Abigail Zalis 23rd and Mary Wells 38th.

Mercedes Morin was the Lady Clippers’ top runner, taking 12th, Elliana Young was 17th, Zoie Tuinstra 24th, Samantha Stone 25th and Chloe Billington 45th.

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