Nine Royal and Hornet XC runners earn Ridge and Valley All-Conference honors

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Isabella Bunders (Wauzeka-Steuben) - First Team. (Erin Reddy Wolff Photography)

Jaren Grimsled (Seneca) - Second Team. (Derick Kelly/Courier Press)

Gabriel Hamann (Seneca) - First Team and Sportsmanship Team. (Derick Kelly/Courier Press)

Clint Mitchell (Wauzeka-Steuben) - Sportsmanship Team. (Erin Reddy Wolff Photography)

Nolan Reed-Mullikin (Wauzeka-Steuben) - Second Team. (Erin Reddy Wolff Photography)

Emma Udelhoven (Wauzeka-Steuben) - Second Team. (Derick Kelly/Courier Press)

Brett Wagner (Wauzeka-Steuben) - First Team. (Derick Kelly/Courier Press)

Emma Wall (Wauzeka-Steuben) - First Team and Sportsmanship Team. (Erin Reddy Wolff Photography)

Natalie Wright (Wauzeka-Steuben) - Second Team. (Derick Kelly/Courier Press)

By Derick Kelly

 

The Ridge and Valley Conference recently announced their fall 2023 all-conference teams and the Royals and Hornets cross country teams combined to have nine runners make the list.

Runners who finished first through seventh at the conference championship meet were named to the first team, while runners that placed eighth to 14th were chosen for the second team. 

On the boys side, earning first team honors were juniors Brett Wagner of Wauzeka-Steuben and Gabriel Hamann of Seneca. Wagner finished as runner-up, while Hamann finished sixth. Freshman Nolan Reed-Mullikin of Wauzeka-Steuben (10th) and Seneca junior Jaren Grimsled (13th) each earned a spot on the second team. Named to the Ridge & Valley Conference Boys Cross Country All-Sportsmanship team was Hamann and Wauzeka-Steuben sophomore Clint Mitchell. 

Leading the way on the girls first team was Hornets sophomore Isabella Bunders who placed fifth at the meet. The second team included Hornet sophomores Natalie Wright (eighth) and Emma Udelhoven (10th), and junior Emma Wall (14th), who was also named to the Ridge & Valley Conference Girls Cross Country All-Sportsmanship team.

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