Getting some early Southern Ohio Conference cross country competition, the Waverly teams traveled to Northwest High School Saturday morning to take part in the Mohawk Invitational.
Both Waverly High School teams finished as runners-up, although the Tigers did not have their senior class run.
In the high school boys competition, Northwest claimed first place with 20 points. The Tigers followed as the runner-up with 50 points, despite not having Aidan Judd, Phil Evory and Spencer Fraley running. Wheelersburg took third with 74 points, followed by Portsmouth West (110) and Eastern (160).
Northwest’s Landen Smith won the race with a time of 16:37, followed by teammate Josh Shope in 16:54. Right on Shope’s trail was Waverly freshman Mitch Green, who claimed third in 16:58. Next for the Tigers was Calob Ramirez in seventh in 17:52. Jack Monroe was 10th in 18:14, followed by A.J. Sibole (19th, 20:09) and Aiden Kelly (21st, 20:35). The final three Tigers were together. Exchange student Alex Rostek was 30th in 23:05, followed by Alex Stoller (31st, 23:25) and Cristian Mossbarger (32nd, 23:27).
The Lady Tigers, who also were short of their full roster, saw that they were going to have competition from Wheelersburg when the SOC league meet rolls around in mid-October. The Wheelersburg Lady Pirates won Saturday’s Mohawk Invitational team title with a score of 29, followed by runner-up Waverly at 36, Northwest in third with 60 and Green in fourth with 94.
Waverly sophomore Olivia Cisco won the girls race, crossing the line in a time of 21:26. She was followed by senior teammate Sarah Crabtree, who finished as the runner-up in 22:57. Wheelersburg took five of the next seven spots.
Next across the line for Waverly was Julia Clark, who was 10th in 25:48. Hannah Swinning (12th, 26:31) and Abby Ray (13th, 26:47) crossed the line together next. Olivia Russell was 16th in 28:19, while Jenna Thompson was 25th in 31:38.
The junior high Tigers finished fourth as a team in their competition with 84 points. The Eastern Eagles won the team title with 39 points, followed by Minford (50), Wheelersburg (70), Waverly (84) and Valley (103).
Leading the way for Waverly was Lane Bear in 10th with a time of 13:05 in the two-mile course. He was followed by Sam Walsh (22nd, 15:10), Jeremy Williams (26th, 15:32), Eli Hobbs (33rd, 18:03) and Xavery Attencio (36th, 23:40).
The junior high Lady Tigers had two runners competing. Carly Dixon was 14th in 18:47.5, while Alyssa Borders was 21st in 27:36.
Waverly will head to the Fairfield Union Invitational Saturday, Sept. 14 at 8:30 a.m.