BURLINGTON — The Wellsville High School boys cross-country team is hoping this is the year to break through for its first state championship.
The Eagles made a big statement Saturday by winning the 3A regional at Burlington. Wellsville placed five runners in the top 10 to finish with 30 points. Burlington was second with 64.
The top three teams and next five individuals not on the qualifying teams make it to state.
West Franklin’s Cody Webb and Autumn Holloway qualified for state as individuals. Webb was 16th and Holloway took 11th. This is second time for the Falcons to qualify for state.
Wellsville finished third last year at state, which tied the best finish in school history. The Eagles are coming off a strong season where it was ranked No. 1 by the coaches in the 3A poll.
Wellsville won its third straight Pioneer League crown and added a regional title.
Cole Meyer paced the Eagles with a runner-up finish. Chase Bouse was sixth, followed by Dillon Ware (eighth), Ethan Myers (ninth) and Alex Calderwood (10th).
Taylor Everhart paced the Wellsville girls in 17th place.
The West Franklin girls finished fourth with 104 points, five points behind Fredonia.
The 3A state meet will be Saturday at Lawrence’s Rim Rock Farm. The 3A girls race at 10:30 a.m. and the boys at noon.
2, Meyer, 17:33; 6, Bouse, 17:57; 8, Ware, 18:14; 9, Myers, 18:18; 10, A. Calderwood, 18:19; 17, Brewster, 18:44; 31, Smith, 19:46.
17, Everhart, 17:47; 23, Samsel, 18:25; 50, Keith, 21:09; 51, Marsh, 21:20; 54, Borders, 21:47.
West Franklin boys
16, Webb, 18:41.
West Franklin girls
11, Holloway, 17:18.