TC Prep boys on top; Prosser's Childers state bound

TRI-CITY HERALDOctober 28, 2012 

Two-time defending state champ Tri-Cities Prep showed once again who is the big guy on the little block.

Skyler Larson uncorked his best performance yet to win the individual title, and the Jaguars blew away the field to win the District 7/9 regional cross country meet Saturday at Clarkston High School.

TC Prep placed all five scoring runners in the top 17 (the top four teams and top 20 individuals qualify for next weekend's state meet at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco) and finished with 51 points, 37 fewer than second-place Northwest Christian of Colbert, ranked No. 1 ahead of Prep all season in the state coaches poll.

Larson finished in 15 minutes, 41.30 seconds, more than 13 seconds ahead of Waitsburg-Prescott's Seth Deal. Kelly Smith added a 10th-place finish for the Jaguars.

On the girls side, Prep's Victoria Nunez finished sixth to earn her second berth to state.

At Clarkston (5K)

Boys

Team scores (top 4 to state)--Tri-Cities Prep 51, Northwest Christian-Colbert 88, Asotin 97, Republic 109, Waitsburg-Prescott 135, St. George's 152, Reardan 156, Davenport 179, St. Michael's 212, Tekoa-Oakesdale-Rosalia 254, Liberty Christian 285, Pomeroy 299. Top 3, local top 20--Skyler Larson (TCP) 15:41.30; Seth Deal (WP) 15:54.93; Chandler Teigen (Aso) 16:07.40; 10, Kelly Smith (TCP) 16:46.52; 14, Joseph Ghirardo (TCP) 16:58.06; 16, Sam Leon (TCP) 17:02.65; 17, John Hylden (TCP) 17:05.66; 19, Tewedros McDowell (WP) 17:10.18. Tri-Cities Prep--1, Larson; 10, Smith; 14, Ghirardo; 16, Leon; 17, Hylden. Waitsburg-Prescott--2, Deal; 19, McDowell; 38, E.J. Meserve 17:46.67; 40, Corey Braxton 17:55.97; 50, Trent Hafen 18:21.89. Liberty Christian--33, Daniel Witwer 17:37.20; 65, Brian Talbot 19:02.27; 67, Matt Talbot 19:26.11; 84, Andrew Hutson 20:59.23; 86, Joey Bowyer 21:40.14. Dayton--79, Austin Krekula 20:17.65; 87, Tim Ihle 21:59.12.

Girls

Team scores (top 3 to state)--St. John-Endicott 51, Asotin 80, Northwest Christian-Colbert 83, Tri-Cities Prep 96, Reardan 106, St. George's 110, St. Michael's 126. Top 3, local top 15--Anna Henry (NWC) 18:17.17; Lucy Eggleston (Aso) 19:29.88; Heather Siegel (SJE) 19:33.45; 6, Victoria Nunez (TCP) 19:54.58. Tri-Cities Prep--6, Nunez; 19, Yvonne Lumetta 21:35.83; 24, Audrey Hermann 21:50.61; 28, Madelyn Noble 22:57.15; 33, Adriana Bernal 23:29.15. Dayton--48, Kiara Biggar 26:16.34.

CWAC/GNL: Prosser moved three runners on to next weekend's state meet.

On the girls side, Colby Childers and Hana VerMulm finished seventh and ninth, while Bradley Buttars placed 12th among the boys. It is the fourth individual state berth for Childers.

At Apple Ridge, Cowiche (3 mile)

Boys

Team scores (top 4 to state)--Deer Park 37, Cheney 52, Selah 68, West Valley-Yak 102, Ellensburg 137, Ephrata 143, Prosser 180, East Valley-Yak 251, Othello 275, Wapato 303, Toppenish 331, Grandview 337. Top 3, top 20 local--Daniel Amann (DP) 15:31.5; Scott Kopczynski (EVS) 15:34.4; Kevin Carpenter (Col) 15:34.6; 12, Bradley Buttars (Pro) 16:14.2. Prosser--12, Buttars; 27, Peyton Sperl 16:44.6; 43, Nathan Christensen 17:20.0; 54, Justin Maljaars 18:01.9; 59, Evan Jensen 18:09.1. Othello--46, Ryan Gonzalez 17:29.5; 49, Cody Alvarez 17:36.2; 51, Jose Cabrera 17:55.5; 70, Ivan Mendoza 18:56.9; 74, Anthony Barrera 19:15.0. Grandview--55, Alex Soberanes 18:02.9; 63, Carlos Grandos 18:29.3; 67, Jose Velasquez 18:42.5; 83, Fernando Serna 20:34.1; 84, Juan Sanchez 22:17.0.

Girls

Team scores (top 2 to state)--West Valley-Yak 35, Ellensburg 49, Ephrata 59, Prosser 94, Selah 152, Othello 171, Wapato 171. Top 3, top 10 local--Kaili Keefe (WVY) 19:09.0; 2, Hannah Gunderson (Eph) 19:32.9; Jeanna Segaline (Eph) 19:33.1; 7, Kolby Childers (Pro) 20:09.4; 9, Hana VerMulm (Pro) 20:22.9. Prosser--7, Childers; 9, VerMulm; 16, Hailey Buttars 21:24.7; 30, Chelsie Price 23:18.6; 33, Hannah Sperl 23:34.4. Othello--17, Michelle Murillo 21:25.0; 35, Julissa Valenicano 23:40.6; 36, Stephania Miron 23:49.1; 46, Tristen Begay 25;01.0; 48, Isabel Rocha 25:19.1.

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