Cross country preview capsules

September 23, 2013 

There is not a whole lot of change to the landscape in the Mid-Columbia Conference. The Kamiakin boys still are the team to beat, with four returners from last year’s state runner-up team plus a healthy Keegan McCormick to challenge for the top spot. On the girls side, the Braves will duke it out with Richland for league honors. Both teams return a slew of talent from their state trophy-winning clubs and have dynamite No. 1 runners in the Bombers’ Lindsey Bradley and Kamiakin’s Megan Beauchene, who figure to place top 5 in the Class 4A and 3A state meets. The difference in the two teams might be in the No. 2 spot — Richland’s Lauren Perry may miss her senior cross country season recovering from surgery, while Kamiakin sophomore Kaylee Sanchez has gone from a No. 5 or 6 runner to finishing 10 seconds behind Beauchene earlier this season.

Richland, Walla Walla and Hanford each have four or more of their varsity seven returning on the boys side and should be competitive to finish second. The Blue Devils took a hit when top returner Ben Wolpert opted not to run his senior season. On the girls side, Wa-Hi is a clear No. 3 led by junior Courntey Cox (18th at state) and should have a strong presence in the postseason. Southridge and Hanford will be in each other’s faces all season and in the postseason in the 3A ranks, with a trip to state not out of the question for either team.

Among the smaller schools, Tri-Cities Prep stands out with a serious shot at winning a fourth consecutive 2B/1B boys state title despite losing four of their top runners. Senior Kelly Smith (5th at state) is back, and the Jaguars already have some of last year’s JV runners near his pace.

Across the border in Oregon, Hermiston again figures to be a Class 5A heavy on both sides. The Bulldogs boys return four runners from last year’s third-place team, including seniors Alejandro Cisneros and Jose Macias, who finished third and fifth last year following top-10 sophomore seasons. The girls, who also placed third, are led by senior Katie Markwick, who placed seventh as a junior.

Boys
4A
Chiawana — David Thien, jr. (13th D, 45th R); Josiah Cazier, sr. (21st D, 57th R).
Pasco — Elias Rodriguez, sr. (21st district, 55th regional); Zeniff Torrey, jr. (27th D, 61st R).
Richland — Michael Williams, sr. (2nd district, 7th regional, 70th state); Dennis McDuffie, sr. (7th D, 50th R); Jonah Sandoval, so. (8th D, 31st R); Brandon Crawford, jr. (10th D, 44th R).
Walla Walla — Juan Cortez, sr. (5th D, 32nd R); Dan Butler, sr. (14th D); C. Reid Reinninger, so. (15th D, alt R); Keaton Sullivan, sr. (46th R); Jacob Leinweber, sr. (16th D, 47th R); Blase Wolpert, so. (56th R).
3A
Hanford — Seth Cook, sr. (10th district, 33rd regional), Steven Lutz, sr. (15th D, 44th R); Will Eldred, so. (16th D, 53rd R); Garrett Bates, jr. (20th D); Clive LePage, sr. (52nd R).
Kamiakin — Garrett Kraal, sr. (2nd district, 12th regional, 22nd state); Andrew Snyder, jr. (5th D, 16th R, 21st S); Cameron Glade, jr. (7th D, 26th R, 61st S); Daniel Sanchez, sr. (11th D, 34th R, 83rd S); Keegan McCormick, sr. ... Jonathan Lafferty, jr.; Brent Christianson, sr.
Southridge — Cameron Johnston, so. (14th district, 28th regional); Triston Drollinger, sr. (17th D, 43rd R); Tyler Brunson, jr. (27th D, 60th R).
1A
(returning state competitors)
Connell — Roberto Orozco, sr. (71st); Oscar Ortiz, jr. (135th); Bergen Eskildsen, jr. (143rd).
Royal — Marcos Quiroz, sr. (24th); Salvador Horta, so. (80th); Nathan Perdue, sr. (93rd); Riley Lefler, jr. (100th); Christian Horta, sr. (120th).
Wahluke — Ramon Bravo, sr. (58th).
2B/1B
(returning state competitors)
Tri-Cities Prep — Kelly Smith, sr. (5th); Joseph Ghirardo, sr. (25th), Jorge Guajardo, jr. (43rd).
Waitsburg-Prescott — E.J. Meserve, sr. (49th).
Oregon
(returning from state)
Hermiston — Alejandro Cisneros, sr. (3rd); Jose Macias, sr. (5th state); Tim Swarat, jr. (63rd); Josiah Niederwerfer, so. (76th).

Girls
4A
Chiawana — Andrea Bonnington, sr. (16th D).
Richland — Lindsey Bradley, jr. (1st district, 1st regional, 24th state); Kinzie Icayan, sr. (6th R, 78th S); Sidney Bullock, jr. (4th D, 9th R, 58th S); Samantha Bagley, sr. (7th D, 28th R, 88th S).
Walla Walla — Courtney Cox, jr. (3rd district, 4th regional, 18th state); Hannah Hampson, sr. (5th D, 12th R); Catherine Feistner, sr. (8th D, 11th R); Lea Davidson, sr. (10th D, 44th R); Emily Leinweber, jr. (14th D, 42nd R) ... Jenny Wall, sr.; Emily Atkinson, jr.
3A
Hanford — Amy Pfaff, sr. (5th district, 7th regional, 37th state); Haley Porter, sr. (10th D, 34th R); Dina Gebretatios, so. (19th D); Alisa Chuang, jr. (20th D, 54th R); Carys Hunter, jr. (22nd D); Sarah Adkins, jr. (57th R).
Kennewick — Emma Staley, jr. (23rd district, 58th regional).
Kamiakin — Megan Beauchene, sr. (1st district, 2nd regional, 4th state); Emily Moon, jr. (6th D, 10th R, 31st S); Brittany Brooks, sr. (7th D, 15th R, 59th S); Alexia Estrada, jr. (9th D, 32nd R, 139th S); Kaylee Sanchez, so. (13th D, alt R); Jori Perrins, sr. (15th D, 36th R, 108th S).
Southridge — Emily Kump, jr. (4th district, 5th regional, 21st state); Jamie Callahan, jr. (8th D, 28th R); Alissa Huff, so. (11th D, 47th R); Annie Samuelson, jr. (17th D, 39th R).
2A
(returning state competitors)
Prosser — Hanna VerMulm, so. (114th).
1A
(returning state competitors)
Connell — Alanta Keskitalo, jr. (64th).
Royal — Anahi Gomez, so. (75th); Meghan Mianecki, so. (90th); Brea Diaz, sr. (93rd); Carina Moreno, sr. (122nd); Sam Eilers, jr. (126th); Dory Floren, sr. (137th).
Wahluke — Stephanie Juarez, so. (98th).
2B/1B
(returning state competitors)
Tri-Cities Prep — Victoria Nunez, sr. (25th).
Oregon
(returning from state)
Hermiston — Katie Markwick, sr. (7th); Kylie Markwick, so. (21st); Brenda Ortiz, so. (44th); Kelli Niederwerfer, sr. (51st); Zoey Garcia, jr. (58th);

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