It’s that time of year when regular action in sports seasons closes out and the post-season tournaments and meets begin. During this time of year athletes must bring their “A” game to leave it all on the field, or in this case the course.
The Wayne Falcons and Lady Falcons cross country competitors traveled to Mount Ayr on Oct. 24 for the district competition. With temperatures dropping into the evening and the start times being pushed back later, this would potentially be the last meet of the season for all runners.
Wayne sophomore R.C. Hicks wasn’t quite ready for his season to end however as he pushed thought he terrain on the course to come across the finish line in 14th place. With a final time of 17:57:50, Hicks earned himself a trip to the 2019 State Cross Country Meet.
“R.C. ran a near perfect race on race day and he was actually a little sick that day, but he went out and put himself into a great position early on and held onto the 14th spot for the last two miles of the race,” said Wayne coach Aaron Cooper. “He ran only two seconds slower than his personal best from Eddyville, but this was on a significantly harder course than Eddyville’s.”
“Overall, R.C. qualifying for state is a fitting end to the regular season for our team,” Cooper continued. “ Many of our runners ran more over the summer than they ever have before and the hard work paid off. They took a huge step forward this year, as the boys won a meet and had a state qualifier. Neither of those things has happened in well over 20 years. We also had our highest state qualifying meet finish as a team in many years for both the girls and boys teams.”
“I did a lot of extra running over the summer so the more you put into it the more you can get out of it,” said Hicks.
“I want to thank Coach Cooper for pushing me to come to practice on weekends even when I would rather have been sleeping and my team for being there for me and always helping get me back on my feet after a race,” Hicks added. “I’m looking forward to representing my school at the state meet.”
“I think R.C. going to state is a great representation that our program is headed in the right direction and if Coach Rebecca Roberts and myself can continue convincing kids to work hard over the summer, we can have even more success in the future,” Cooper added.
The state meet will be held at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course in Fort Dodge on Saturday, Nov. 2. Hicks will be running in the Boys’ Class 1A group that will begin at 2:30 p.m. with the awards ceremony following at 3 p.m.