Heys returns to lead WHS cross country


The Wilmington High School boys and girls cross country teams, from left to right, front row, Mackenzie Voges-Pertuset, Shannon O’Boyle, Skye Carpenter, Izzy Coomer, Sophia Agee, Sylena Baltazar, Annie Newberry and Mikala Hatfield; middle row, Libby Walker, Adonis Peterson, Brady McKinney, Calvin Walls, Pedro Escobedo, Cam Combs, Tyler Parks, Tyler Preston, and Jordan Snarr; back row, coach Eileen Grosse, Tony Wilens-Mabry, Luke Mulvey, Aidan Hester, Matt Butcher, Simon Heys, Ricky Dungan, Izaia Billingsley, coach Brad Heys, and coach Karen Heslop. Team members Brandon Walters and Jake Martin were not present for the photo.

The Wilmington High School boys and girls cross country teams, from left to right, front row, Mackenzie Voges-Pertuset, Shannon O’Boyle, Skye Carpenter, Izzy Coomer, Sophia Agee, Sylena Baltazar, Annie Newberry and Mikala Hatfield; middle row, Libby Walker, Adonis Peterson, Brady McKinney, Calvin Walls, Pedro Escobedo, Cam Combs, Tyler Parks, Tyler Preston, and Jordan Snarr; back row, coach Eileen Grosse, Tony Wilens-Mabry, Luke Mulvey, Aidan Hester, Matt Butcher, Simon Heys, Ricky Dungan, Izaia Billingsley, coach Brad Heys, and coach Karen Heslop. Team members Brandon Walters and Jake Martin were not present for the photo.


Images by Ginger Lee | Brenda Bowman

Schedule

Aug 18 OHSAA Preseason @National Trail 9 am

Aug 20 @Springboro Inv 5 pm

Aug 25 Finishtiming Inv @WC TBA

Sept 1 @Miamisburg Inv 830 pm

Sept 8 @Mason Inv 9 am

Sept 15 Friendship Inv @Cedarville U 1045 am

Sept 22 @Centerville Saturday Night Lights 630 pm

Sept 29 Firebird Inv @Fairmont 9 am

Oct 6 Legacy Christian Inv @Xenia 1015 am

Oct 13 SBAAC Tournament @Bethel-Tate TBA

Oct 20 District Meet @Cedarville TBA

Oct 27 Regional Meet @Troy Hobart TBA

Nov 3 State Meet @National Trail TBA

Wilmington senior Simon Heys looks to repeat as the SBAAC American Division boys cross country champion this fall.

The WHS record holder and state qualifier heads a list of eight returning runners for the Hurricane, including Tyler Parks, Ricky Dungan, Calvin Walls, Pedro Escobedo, Cameron Combs and Aiden Hester.

“Simon and Cam ran over 500 miles (in the summer),” WHS coach Eileen Grosse said. “(I like) the dedication of the team to summer conditioning.”

Heys was easily the best in the league last year, winning by more than 20 seconds. Park was third in the league race.

Those two will need help if the Hurricane are to contend for the championship on the boys side. WHS was fourth in 2017 and lost Drew Spendlove and Ian Holmes to graduation.

For the girls, Tristin Vail, a second team All-SBAAC runner a year ago, is the top loss from last year’s fifth place Lady Hurricane team. Heather Fryman and Sarah Wright also are gone from 2017.

Girls newcomer Skye Carpenter put in good miles over the summer, Grosse said. She is joined by returnees Jordan Snarr, Shannon O’Boyle and Sophia Agee.

Grosse is in her 32nd year of coaching cross country and again is joined by Brad Heys, in his 11th year of coaching, as the co-head coaches for Wilmington. Karen Heslop is a volunteer coach.

“We could use a few more girls runners,” Grosse said. “We need to continue overall conditioning and training. We need to improve our race strategies.”

Grosse said Western Brown on the boys side and New Richmond on the girls side have good depth of runners and are the early favorites to claim the American Division titles this season. Last season, New Richmond won the boys team title with Western Brown second while Western Brown won the girls crown with New Richmond second.

The Wilmington High School boys and girls cross country teams, from left to right, front row, Mackenzie Voges-Pertuset, Shannon O’Boyle, Skye Carpenter, Izzy Coomer, Sophia Agee, Sylena Baltazar, Annie Newberry and Mikala Hatfield; middle row, Libby Walker, Adonis Peterson, Brady McKinney, Calvin Walls, Pedro Escobedo, Cam Combs, Tyler Parks, Tyler Preston, and Jordan Snarr; back row, coach Eileen Grosse, Tony Wilens-Mabry, Luke Mulvey, Aidan Hester, Matt Butcher, Simon Heys, Ricky Dungan, Izaia Billingsley, coach Brad Heys, and coach Karen Heslop. Team members Brandon Walters and Jake Martin were not present for the photo.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/08/web1_CC_wilmboysgirlsteam.jpgThe Wilmington High School boys and girls cross country teams, from left to right, front row, Mackenzie Voges-Pertuset, Shannon O’Boyle, Skye Carpenter, Izzy Coomer, Sophia Agee, Sylena Baltazar, Annie Newberry and Mikala Hatfield; middle row, Libby Walker, Adonis Peterson, Brady McKinney, Calvin Walls, Pedro Escobedo, Cam Combs, Tyler Parks, Tyler Preston, and Jordan Snarr; back row, coach Eileen Grosse, Tony Wilens-Mabry, Luke Mulvey, Aidan Hester, Matt Butcher, Simon Heys, Ricky Dungan, Izaia Billingsley, coach Brad Heys, and coach Karen Heslop. Team members Brandon Walters and Jake Martin were not present for the photo. Images by Ginger Lee | Brenda Bowman

Schedule

Aug 18 OHSAA Preseason @National Trail 9 am

Aug 20 @Springboro Inv 5 pm

Aug 25 Finishtiming Inv @WC TBA

Sept 1 @Miamisburg Inv 830 pm

Sept 8 @Mason Inv 9 am

Sept 15 Friendship Inv @Cedarville U 1045 am

Sept 22 @Centerville Saturday Night Lights 630 pm

Sept 29 Firebird Inv @Fairmont 9 am

Oct 6 Legacy Christian Inv @Xenia 1015 am

Oct 13 SBAAC Tournament @Bethel-Tate TBA

Oct 20 District Meet @Cedarville TBA

Oct 27 Regional Meet @Troy Hobart TBA

Nov 3 State Meet @National Trail TBA