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Isaac Gray of Washington (left) leads WHS and Lincoln at the start of the dual meet at the Complex on Wednesday.

The Washington cross country team was nipped by Vincennes Lincoln in season-opening action, 23-35, at the Washington Sports Complex on Wednesday.

Washington’s boys were led by the individual champion Isaac Gray, who placed first at 18:28. Gray’s brother Garrett was fourth overall (20:12), while Eli Wilson was ninth, Omar Mora was 10th, and Colin Englehart was 11th to round out the scoring.

Also running for WHS were Keagan McDannald, Ben Myers, Orlando Otero, Grant Baxter, Isaac Mizingo, Logan Webb and Dayton Cremeans.

In the girls’ race, WHS took the two top spots with Audrey Wright (26:17) and Audrey Helms (28:07), while Chloe O’Neal was fifth and Maddy Sickles was seventh. Neither team had enough for a team score.

“We have a big team this year. We are expecting some really good things out of the Gray brothers,” said WHS coach Tim Baxter. “The first meet is like a glorified practice, and we know we have a lot of work to do. We have done a lot of mileage this summer, but we really haven’t had a race pace like that yet this year in the heat. I thought our ‘two Audreys’ did well today too.”

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