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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Goldendale boys and girls looking to make a run at districts

 

October 25, 2017

Jaryd Cline

Goldendale senior Dillon Rising, left, leads the field during Goldendale's home cross country meet on Oct. 12 at the Goldendale Golf Club. Rising is shown ahead of, from left, Trout Lake's Justin Peck, Lucas Anderson, Corbin Riley, and Mark Blunt.

The Goldendale High School cross country team returned to the course after last week's strong effort at home, following up on Thursday's three-mile course in Naches with another great team run from both the boys and girls teams.

The boys finished with three runners inside the top five while two girls finished inside the top four and four finished inside the top 10 in what was the team's last tune up before the South Central Athletic Conference District Meet.

The district meet is set for Thursday at Apple Ridge in Cowiche, with the girls three mile race at 3:30 p.m. and the boys at 4:15.

The boys, led by another first place finish from senior Dillon Rising, outpaced the Royal Knights as a team, finishing with 35 team points to Royal's 38. The girls, with second and third place showings from sophomores Ellie Rising and Abby Hedges respectively, tied with the Knights with 30 team points.

Dillon Rising led the field of 51 boy runners with a finishing time of 15 minutes, 51.8 seconds, while junior Lucas Anderson was right behind in second place. Anderson cruised to the finish in 16:16, besting his previous personal-best run on a three-mile course by 35 seconds. The second place finish also was the highest Anderson has ever finished in a run throughout his cross country career, having finished third at last week's meet in Goldendale.

Sophomore Corbin Riley also cracked the top five for the Timberwolves, setting a personal-best time on a three mille course with a time of 16:53.1, close to 20 seconds faster than his old record, which he set at last year's district meet.

After Rising, Anderson, and Riley, sophomore Sterling Beasley and freshman Austin Williams rounded out Goldendale's top five runners, all finishing in the top 15 for the 35 cumulative team points. Senior Ryan Kindler rounded out Goldendale's six runners, finishing in 35th while easily breaking his old personal record on a three-mile course. Kindler finished last Thursday in 19:50, blowing away his old record of 20:51.2 which he set on Sept. 16 at the Apple Ridge course in Cowiche.

Beasley and Williams also both bested old records last Thursday. Beasley, who came in 12th, ran a three-mile race in under 18 minutes for the first time in his career, finishing in 17:46.6, and Williams came in at 15th in 18:12.1, nine seconds faster than his old record.

It was the second straight SCAC meet where the Goldendale boys outpaced Royal, and head coach Juli Rising is hoping her boys can do it one more time at districts. The top four finishing boy team all advance to state, while the top three finishing girls teams make it.

The girls, with 30 cumulative team points, tied with the Knights and topped the Wahluke Warriors, who finished with 64 points.

Ellie Rising paced the Wolves and finished as the overall runner-up to Royal senior Kay Lester (18:52). She crushed her only other three-mile time this season, finishing on Thursday in 19:07.9, over a minute and a half quicker than her fastest time this season. Hedges came in at third overall, just under a minute after Rising (20:07.3).

Goldendale's all sophomore girls team also had top-10 finishes from Jade Smith (seventh in 21:31.2) and Kimberly Chestnut (eighth in 21:45.8). Chestnut also had a big PR, crushing her old record by close to 1:14.

The girls were rounded out by Savannah Ross, who came in at 15th overall out of the field of 26 girl runners. Ross added to the great day of running, finishing faster than she had all year in 22:48.5. Her all-time best finish came during last year's district meet where she stopped the timers at 22:45.9

Middle school

Last Thursday also was the final middle school run.

Jaryd Cline

Goldendale sophomore Savannah Ross continues pushing near the end of the finish line during Goldendale's home meet on Oct. 12.

Goldendale has had a handful of middle schoolers running with the high school team throughout the season and on Thursday, the three middle schoolers, Nick Bowdish, Gage Jensen, and Dema Thayer, closed out their running season on Naches' 1.5 mile course.

Bowdish led the three Goldendale runners and capped his season with a top-five showing, finishing fifth at 10:00.3.

Jensen came in next for the Timberwolves, finishing 13th out of the field of 21 in 10:22.2. Jensen crushed his previous best time on a 1.5 mile course by more than four minutes. His previous best was 14:41.9 on Sept. 28 in Royal.

Thayer also closed out his year by setting a personal record. He finished 17th in 11:13.9, over a minute quicker than his old record time of 12:14.1 which he set on Sept. 16 at Apple Ridge.

 

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