The Kamiakin boys cross country team keeps chasing rival North Central, and the Braves are following into some deep waters.
Kamiakin followed a runner-up finish at last week's Class 3A state meet with a second-place finish to the Indians at Nike Cross Northwest Regionals on Saturday in Boise.
The second-place finish brings with it an invitation to nationals, slated for Dec. 1 in Portland.
Austin Oser led the Kamiakin charge, finishing 13th overall in 16 minutes, 3.1 seconds. Ahmed Ibrahim (29th), Garrett Kraal (40th), Christian Rodriguez (46th) and Andrew Snyder (49th) also posted top 50 finishes in the elite meet that pits the top runners from Washington, Oregon, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, Hawaii and Alaska.
Seattle Prep's Joe Hardy, who won the 3A state titile running against Kamiakin and North Central runners, won the reigonal race in 15:30.1.
Hermiston finished 12th in the team race, led by Eduardo Juarez's 15th place (16:05.3).
On the girls side, the state runner-up Braves didn't fare as well with an 11th-place showing. Megan Beauchene paced Kamiakin in 38th, and Hermiston's Maggie Coleman was 47th.
Glacier Peak's Amy-Eloise Neale took top individual honors as she and North Central's Katie Knight finished 1-2. Class 4A state champ Camas finished second in the team race.
Kamiakin: 13, Austin Oser 16:03.1; 29, Ahmed Ibrahim 16:16.9; 40, Garrett Kraal 16:29.1; 46, Christian Rodriguez 16:32.1; 49, Andrew Snyder 16:33.4; 125, Daniel Sanchez 17:22.0; 137, Cameron Glade 17:42.2.
Hermiston: 15, Eduardo Juarez 16:05.3; 51, Jose Macias 16:35.2; 52, Alejandro Cisneros 16:35.3; 113, Efrain Jaime 17:11.9; 155, Donell Rome 18:18.7; 157, Angel Castellanos 18:43.4; 159, Josiah Niederwerfe 18:52.0
Kamiakin: 38, Megan Beauchene 19:28.1; 53, Michelle Fletcher 19:44.9; 88, Emily Moon 20:36.9; 93, Brittany Brooks 20:42.4; 125, Jori Perrins 21:49.5; 127, Alexia Estrada 22:13.5.
Hermiston: 47, Maggie Coleman 19:35.3.