The Wayne Memorial Boys Cross Country team opened their 2016 campaign with a combined 11th place out of 19 teams at the Mustang Invitational at Cass Benton in Northville. 5 boys ran sub-20:00 with 2 medalists: First year senior, Blake Barber finished 8th in the 11th/12th race while, first year sophomore, Jon Boland finished 25th in the 9th/10th race.
The top 7 finishing times for the Zebras were Barber in 17:12 (#10 fastest time by a WMHS runner since 1992), junior, John Gatpm with an overall PR of 18:24.9 (#17 junior time since 1992), Boland in 19:29 (#15 sophomore time), freshman, Trent Griffith in 19:49 (#8 freshman time), first year junior Jakob Khalaf in 19:51, senior Jamie Carranza in 20:55, and senior Tyler Westfall with a course PR of 21:09. The first 5 runners had times faster than our #1 finisher last year. This years team is the largest in almost a decade with 17 members.
Also finishing for the Zebras were senior, Chris Fletcher in 22:22, senior Sagib Garcia in 23:47, junior Cody Macuga in 24:30, freshman Juan Rivera in 24:47, junior Andrew Winters in 25:22, junior Austin Bazan in 25:23, sophomore Kolby Hood in 26:13.5, senior Dennis Williams in 26:21 and freshman Luis Rivera in 28:56
In the girls races, two lady zebras earned medals. These were the first two female medalists from Wayne Memorial in the history of the Mustang Invite. In addition, the first 3 girls had the highest places for a Wayne Memorial girl.
Junior Jessica Leigh placed 11th with a time of 21:15.6 (#1 junior time (as known), and senior Nikita Bhangu placed 25th with a time of 22:26.9 (#5 senior time). Also running for the lady zebras were senior, Melaina Climer finishing in 40th in 23:58.3 (#13 senior time), junior Victoria Scott in 27:07, and sophomore, Faithann Dennis in 32:23.