Armstrong cruises to BorderClash win

HERALD STAFF November 21, 2011 

BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Another race, another win for Anthony Armstrong.

Kamiakin's star senior followed up back-to-back wins in the 3A state championship and Nike Cross Nationals Northwest regional with another big victory, crossing first Sunday at BorderClash on the Nike campus.

Armstrong zipped around the 2 3/4-mile course in 13 minutes, 48 seconds, just nipping Izaic Yorks of Lakes in Tacoma, with Shadle Park's Nathan Weitz hot on their heels.

Walla Walla's JP Wolpert was 15th (14:17) in the event that pits the top high school runners from Washington against their counterparts from Oregon.

Eduardo Juarez, one of four Hermiston boys in the race, placed 27th in 14:34 and was the sixth Oregon finisher. Teammate Alejandro Cisneros was 37th (14:43), followed by Javier Velasco (65th, 15:04) and Jose Macias (74th, 15:21).

The Washington boys won the team title, 15-50, taking the top eight spots and 13 of 14. It was the seventh straight time Washington has won, including perfect scores in three of the last four.

In the girls race, Kamiakin's Stephanie Rexus finished eighth in 16:28 and was the seventh Washington runner to cross the line.

Braves teammate Michelle Fletcher placed 38th (17:15), and Southridge's Rachel Dahl was 68th (18:08).

North Central's Katie Knight scored another win in her dual with Glacier Peak's Amy-Eloise Neale. Knight's time of 15:44 was 14 seconds better.

The Washington girls won 15-48, their third consecutive win and six out of seven.

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