The Goldendale cross country girls ran away with the SCAC league championship on Oct. 24, finishing undefeated at the final league meet of the season in Mattawa. The five senior girls, who have run together for the past three years, easily won all of the league meets this year.
Last year, they won the district championship and are strong contenders to do it again next week. Led by senior Ellie Rising, who has been undefeated in all of the league meets this year, the girls have a goal of finishing 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th at the district meet.
"I can't believe that we are down to the final two races for this group of senior girls," said coach Juli Rising. "I've had the opportunity to coach most of them for four, five, even six years now, and that's a lot of miles, tears, spaghetti dinners, and fun."
In Mattawa, Rising finished first with a time of 20:11, ahead of senior Kim Chestnut in second place with a time of 21:28. Senior Abby Hedges placed third with a time of 22:17, followed by senior Jade Smith in fourth with a time of 22:56. Finally, senior Savannah Ross was seventh with a time of 24:37. Freshmen Jorgia Bean and Thea Smith are currently injured and did not compete.
For the boys, sophomore Alden Williams and senior Sterling Beasley sprinted for the finish line yet again, finishing second and third with times of 17:50 and 17:52. Senior Corbin Riley placed fifth with a time of 18:07, junior Austin Williams came in eighth with a time of 18:37 and freshman Nick Bowdish rounded out Goldendale's top five with a ninth place finish and a time of 19:00.
Junior Camden Orozco placed 12th (19:30), freshman Brent Doubravsky placed 21st (21:29), freshman Dema Thayer placed 25th (22:17), and freshman Ian Schumacher finished 29th (23:23).
Results aren't in yet, but the Goldendale boys team is also in the running for the SCAC West league trophy.
"The boys continue to improve week after week, and they are getting stronger at the right time, with Districts coming up next week," said Coach Rising. "If they all run well, we have a chance of qualifying the boys' team for a State berth also."
Mattawa was the final middle school cross country race of the year, and Raymond Holycross and Sean Henrikson placed 2nd and 3rd for the boys, and for the girls Lexi Williams placed fourth and Bailey Holycross placed ninth.
"It's always a challenge to work with the middle school runners, because many of them have never run competitively before," said Rising. "They all should be proud of their accomplishments this season."
The varsity runners will be in action again on Thursday for the SCAC District Championship at the Apple Ridge course in Yakima.