Cross country: Big day for Mid-Columbia

November 2, 2013 

It was a big day for the Mid-Columbia Conference at Saturday’s Class 3A/4A Eastern Washington regionals, and front and center in that mix were the Richland boys.

Bombers senior Michael Williams won the 4A race in 15 minute, 59 seconds on the 5-kilometer course at Wandermere Golf Course in Spokane. Moreover, his teammates packed it together from 19 through 30, with Eli Shelby, Jonah Sandoval, Dennis McDuffie and Brandon Crawford finishing within 33 seconds of each other.

That led to a second-place finish for Richland — well off champion Central Valley but still good enough for the team’s first state berth since 1995, when current coach Jay Bartlett was a senior on the squad.

“It really was a historic day for us in a lot of ways,” Bartlett said. “We’re pretty excited how things went today.”

With only the top two teams and individuals in the top 10 qualifying for next weekend’s 4A state races at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco, there wasn’t much room for error.

“Through four runners, we were down to Ferris by five points,” Bartlett said. “But we put our No. 5 and 6 runners (Crawford and Jacob Redden) ahead of their No. 5, and that was enough.”

Walla Walla’s Juan Cortez placed sixth for an individual berth.

The Bombers swept both individual titles, with Lindsey Bradley easily repeating her regional title. The junior finished in 18:20, 46 seconds ahead of Walla Walla’s Courtney Cox. However, the Richland girls won’t get a chance at a second consecutive state trophy, finishing fifth in the standings. Walla Walla placed second behind champion Central Valley to qualify for state as a team for the first time in at least 15 years.

Joining Bradley in the state field will be teammate Sidney Bullock, who placed sixth in 19:46. Richland’s Samantha Bagley just missed the cut in 13th place (20:17).

The Kamiakin girls had a big day winning both the team and individual titles in the 3A as they take a shot at a fourth straight state trophy. They will be joined by Hanford, which placed second just 15 points behind (53-68) to qualify for state for the first time since 2008.

Kamiakin’s Kaylee Sanchez won the race in 19:38, continuing a remarkable sophomore season after she didn’t crack the Braves’ regional lineup as a freshman. Hanford’s Amy Pfaff placed third in 19:46, followed immediately by Kamiakin’s Megan Beauchene and Hanford’s Charlotte Kiehne.

All five Kamiakin scorers placed in the top 20, including Emily Moon 11th. Hanford got a big day from freshman Rachel Schmidt (14th) as four runners placed in the top 20 and all five scorers in the top 30.

Southridge state veteran Emily Kump will make a return trip after finishing 10th (the top 15 runners earned berths in the 3A). She will bring along teammate Brooke Hansen, a freshman who placed 13th. The Suns finished fifth in the team standings.

The Kamiakin boys finished second in the 3A race, but their performance may have been the most impressive. The Braves placed all five scorers in the top 15 and all seven runners in the top 20. It was a very North Central-like result that brought Kamiakin within two points of the Indians, who will take a shot at an eight consecutive state title next weekend.

Garrett Kraal, Cameron Glade and Andrew Snyder led a 5-6-7 finish for the Braves, while Phillip Fishburn and Keegan McCormick were 13-14 to round out the scoring. No other MCC runner qualified on the boys side, though Southridge’s Cameron Johnston came close at 17th, 2 seconds behind the 15th-place runner.

At Wandermere GC, Spokane (5K)
Class 4A
Top 2 teams, 10 individuals to state
Boys

Team scores—Central Valley 34, Richland 97, Gonzaga Prep 105, Ferris 105, Lewis & Clark 119, Mead 120, Walla Walla 132, Chiawana 255, Pasco 264. Top 3 and local top 10—Michael Williams (Rich) 19:59; Croey Hunter (CV) 16:21; Ian Andres (GP) 16:24; 6, Juan Cortez (WW) 16:39. Richland—1, Williams; 19, Eli Shelby 17:08; 23, Jonah Sandoval 17:23; 24, Dennis McDuffie 17:26; 30, Brandon Crawford 17:41. Walla Walla—6, Cortez 16:39; 18, Isaac Mata 17:08; 33, Jacob Leinweber 17:52; 35, Alex Iben 17:53; 40, Michael Anderson 18:10. Pasco—26, Ricardo Saenz 17:32; 58, Victor Ramirez 19:35; 59, Luis Ochoa 19:58; 60, Schuyler Killian 20:07; 61, Roberto Montes 20:10. Chiawana—41, David Thien 18:11; 52, Nicholas Pincheira 18:57; 53, Connor Woodward 18:57; 54, Antonin Moll 19:02; 55, Juan Jojica 19:22.
Girls
Team scores—Central Valley 48, Walla Walla 68, Gonzaga Prep 81, Ferris 105, Richland 107, Lewis & Clark 112, Mead 172. Top 3 and local top 10—Lindsey Bradley (Rich) 18:20; 2, Courtney Cox (WW) 19:06; Gracie Ledwith (LC) 19:29; 6, Sidney Bullock (Rich) 19:46. Richland—1, Bradley; 6, Bullock; 13, Samantha Bagley 20:17; 44, Rylie Jundt 22:21; 45, Ashley Hammond 22:31. Walla Walla—2, Cox; 15, Hannah Hampson 20:27; 16, Erika Leinweber 20:30; 17, Catherine Feistner 20:38; 18, Lea Davidson 20:40. Pasco—47, Isabel Steiger 22:39. Chiawana—41, Andrea Bonnington 21:56; 52, Jaynee Woodward 24:22.
Class 3A
Top 3 teams, 15 individuals to state
Boys

Team scores—North Central 43, Kamiakin 45, Mt. Spokane 61, University 95, Shadle Park 138, Southridge 184, Hanford 195, Rogers 231, Sunnyside 267. Top 3 and local top 15—John Dressel (MS) 15:41; Tanner Anderson (NC) 15:45; Kai Wilmot (NC) 15:52; 5, Garrett Kraal (Kam) 16:05; 5, Cameron Glade (Kam) 16:09; 7, Andrew Snyder (Kam) 16:12; 13, Phillip Fishburn (Kam) 16:38; 14, Keegan McCormick (Kam) 16:43. Kamiakin—5, Kraal; 6, Glade; 7, Snyder; 13, Fishburn; 14, McCormick. Hanford—26, Seth Cook 17:20; 33, Garrett Bates 17:42; 43, Steven Lutz 18:35; 46, Will Eldred 18:53; 47, Porter McMichael 18:58. Southridge—17, Cameron Johnston 16:46; 36, Triston Drollinger 18:10; 38, Jesse Brinson-Wagner 18:23; 40, Nathan Linde 18:27; 53, David Wintle 19:33. Sunnyside—45, Griffey Sarmiento 18:48; 51, Joe Rodriguez III 19:25; 52, Robert Rodriguez 19:25; 60, Ignacio Portillo 20:39; 61, Leo Palacios 20:45. Kennewick—56, Luiz Zamarripa 19:46.
Girls
Team scores—Kamiakin 53, Hanford 68, Mt. Spokane 81, Shadle Park 89, Southridge 102, North Central 107, University 161, Rogers 247, Sunnyside 265. Top 3 and local top 15—Kaylee Sanchez (Kam) 19:38; Lauren Dunnell (SP) 19:41; Amy Pfaff (Han) 19:46; 4, Megan Beauchene (Kam) 19:53; 5, Charlotte Kiehne (Han) 19:54; 10, Emily Kump (SR) 20:17; 12, Emily Moon (Kam) 20:19; 13, Brooke Hansen (SR) 20:21; 14, Rachel Schmidt (Han) 20:32. Kamiakin—1, Sanchez; 4, Beauchene; 12, Moon; 16, Brittany Brooks 20:37; 20, Jori Perrins 20:54. Hanford—3, Pfaff; 5, Kiehne; 14, Schmidt; 17, Hailey Cleavenger 20:37; 29, Haley Porter 21:19. Southridge—10, Kump; 13, Hansen; 19, Allie Stites 20:50; 23, Annie Samuelson 21:03; 37, Jamie Callahan 21:43. Sunnyside—47, Jeniya Guillen 23:00; 50, Kayla Gonzalez 23:41; 56, Samantha Herrera 25:41; 57, Angela Montes 25:42; 58, Sierra Gonzalez 25:57. Kennewick—52, Audrey Tinnin 24:46.

Oregon 5A championships: Jose Macias finished second and Alejandro Cisneros fifth to lead the Hermiston boys to a third-place showing in Eugene.

Macias’ time of 15:50 was a second off the winning mark of Matthew Maton of Summit. Cisneros finished in 16:08. Teammate Hayden Scott was 16th (16:28).

It was the third top-10 finish at state for Macias and Cisneros, both seniors.

At Lane CC, Eugene (5K)
Boys
Team scores—Summit 38, Mountain View 64, Hermiston 78, Cleveland 133, Marist 147, Corvallis 169, Benson 174, Pendleton 175, Liberty 218, Wilsonville 237, South Albany 300, Springfield 303. Top 3—Matthew Maton (Sum) 14:59; Jose Macias (Herm) 15:50; Caleb Hoffmann (Bend) 15:54. Hermiston—2, Macias; 5, Alejandro Cisneros 16:08; 16, Hayden Scott 16:28; 27, Angel Castellanos 16:49; 43, Hayden Earl 17:06.
Girls
Team scores—Summit 33, Mountain View 81, Corvalis 93, Cleveland 122, Hood River Valley 146, Wilson 162, The Dalles-Wahtonka 180, Sandy 209, Crescent Valley 225, Wilsonville 240, Churchill 278, Marist 321. Top 3—Hannah Gindlesperger (Sum) 17:53; Olivia Brooks (Sum) 18:37; Rachel Khaw (Liberty) 18:47.

CWAC District: Prosser’s Hana VerMulm grabbed an individual berth into next weekend’s state meet at Sun Willows Golf Club in Pasco.

VerMulm finished in 19:51.4 to place sixth for the Mustang girls. No other local runner qualified for state.

At Apple Ridge Run, Cowiche (3 mile)
Boys
Top 2 teams, 10 indiviuals to state
Team scores—Ellensburg 39, West Valley 43, Ephrata 87, Selah 90, Prosser 169, East Valley 176, Wapato 188, Othello 209, Grandview 213, Toppenish 284. Top 3 and top 10 local—Matthew Schrenk (Sel) 15:51.6; Setty Pryor (WV) 16:04.8; Ben Bottcher (Ell) 16:09.2. Prosser—19, Nahtan Christensen 17:03.2; 30, Peyton Sperl 17:39.9; 35, McKay Ashton 17:56.4; 40, Leo Gonzalous 18:10.2; 45, Evan Jensen 18:29.4. Grandview—13, Samuel Cuevas 16:50.5; 33, Carlos Granados 17:43.8; 50, Jose Velasquez 18:44.5; 51, Sabastian Raucamp 18:44.7; 66, Ricky Avelos 20:57.7. Othello—32, Ryan Gonzalez 17:43.5; 34, Cody Alvarez 17:50.6; 44, Fernando Mendoza 18:27.8; 47, Arturo Aranzazu 18:33.3.
Girls
Top 3 teams, 15 individuals to state
Team scores—Ellensburg 42, West Valley 47, Selah 88, Ephrata 100, Othello 151, Wapato 156, East Valley 163. Top 3 and top 15 local—Emily Knudson (WV) 19:07.5; Maggie Rees (Sel) 19:39.1; Jeanna Segaline (Eph) 19:41.9; 6, Hana VerMulm (Pro) 19:51.4. Prosser—6, VerMulm; 24, Hailey Buttars 21:41.3. Grandview—33, Cynthia DeRobles 22:50.3; 44, Keanna Maki 26:27.1. Othello—23, Michelle Murillo 21:36.7; 25, Olivia Giles 21:42.0; 37, Maria Larios 24:29.6; 38, Elizabeth Rocha 24:41.2; 40, Victoria Singsangavong 25:04.5.

2B/1B Regional: Tri-Cities Prep, winner of the last three boys state titles, finished four points behind Northwest Christian of Colbert for the team title, with Asotin a point behind Prep in third place.

Prep’s Kelly Smith, Joseph Ghirardo and Phillip Geist finished 7-8-9 to pace the Jaguars, who placed all five scoring runners in the top 30. The top six boys teams and individuals in the top 30, and top four girls teams and 20 individuals, qualify for next weekend’s state meet at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco.

The Prep girls nabbed the fourth and final berth to state, led by Audrey Hermann in ninth place. Emily Adams of Waitsburg-Prescott finished fourth.

At Plante’s Ferry, Spokane (5K)
Boys
Top 6 teams, 30 individuals to state
Team scores—Northwest Christian-Colbert 58, Tri-Cities Prep 62. Asotin 63, St. George’s 103, Republic 121, Reardan 138, Davenport 158, Waitsburg-Prescott 227, Mary Walker 246, Pomeroy 267. Top 3 and top locals top 30—Chandler Teigen (Aso) 16:19.25; Hunter Olsen (St.G) 16:53.90; Duncan Forsman (Rep) 16:59.69; 7, Kelly Smith (TCP) 17:23.85; 8, Joseph Ghirardo (TCP) 17:28.67; 9, Phillip Geist (TCP) 17:34.85; 13, EJ Meserve (WP) 17:49.60; 17, Sean McGrath (TCP) 18:04.53; 23, Cesar Robles (TCP) 18:18.27. Tri-Cities Prep—7, Smith; 8, Ghirardo; 9, Geist; 17, McGrath; 23, Robles. Waitsburg-Prescott—13, Meserve; 55, Kyle Gradwhol 20:27.92; 61, Skylar Wood 20:54.99; 64, Jared Farley 21:05.20; 77, Tyler Shafer 23:22.32. Liberty Christian—47, Daniel Witwer 19:39.62; 51, Brian Talbot 20:15.16; 76, matt Talbot 23:18.57.
Girls
Top 4 teams, 20 individuals to state
Team scores—Asotin 74, St. John-Endicott 78, Reardan 88, Tri-Cities Prep 90, Republic 99, St. George’s 107, Northwest Christian-Colbert 166, St. Michael’s Academy 199, Pomeroy 268. Top 3 and locals in top 20—Madison Ward (StG) 19:54.48; Jordan Porubek (SJE) 20:32.7; Harley Strope (Rear) 20:54.36; 4, Emily Adams (WP) 20:54.51; 8, Audrey Hermann (TCP) 21:36.52; 14, Alexis Turner (LC) 22:12.67; 15, Victoria Nunez (TCP) 22:16.03. Tri-Cities Prep—9, Hermann; 15, Nunez; 21, Emma Slahtasky 23:00.41; 27, Yvonne Lumetta 23:29.03; 31, Allison Jacobs 23:48.58. Waitsburg-Prescott—4, Adams. Liberty Christian—14, Turner.

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