The most successful season in Kamiakin cross country history got another big boost Saturday when the Braves boys placed seventh at Nike Cross Nationals in Portland.
Austin Oser finished 33rd overall in 15 minutes, 57 seconds to lead Kamiakin, clocking a second behind North Central's Kai Wilmot.
Ahmed Ibrahim finished 45th (18:08), followed by Garrett Kraal (46th, 18:09), Christian Rodriguez (85th, 18:27), Cameron Glade (159th, 19:30), Andrew Snyder (166th, 19:41) and David Kraal (196th, 23:09).
"It was awesome," Kamiakin coach Matt Rexus said in a text. "It was an absolute mudhole, and the boys brought their A race. We had four in front of NC's third (runner) until about 600 (meters) to go.
The Braves finished with 239 points to finish in the top third of the elite 22-team field. North Central of Spokane (146) placed third in the team standings, with Arcadia, Calif., (108) winning the team title
Midwest runner Sam Wharton won in 17:06. Joe Hardy (Seattle Prep) placed fourth and Sumner Goodwin (Lewis & Clark) seventh out of the Northwest.
On the girls side, California runner Sarah Baxter won in 19:17, with North Central's Katie Knight third (19:32) and Camas' Alexa Efraimson fourth (19:34) out of the Northwest. Glacier Peak's Amy-Eloise Neale finished seventh (19:45).
Manlius of New York won the girls title, with Camas placing 13th.