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By Jaryd Cline

Surging Wolves prep for home meet Goldendale boys continue to impress entering lone home contest of season


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SETTING THE PACE: A group of Goldendale runners warm up prior to the start of last year's home meet on Oct. 8, 2015, at the Goldendale Golf Club.

One week after the Goldendale boys cross country squad edged South Central Athletic Conference rival Royal, it was the Knights who struck back, holding off the Timberwolves in the five team meet in Connell.

The Wolves, led by two top five and three top 10 finishers, took second in the team standings with 45 points while the Knights, who had four runners place in the top 10, won the team title with 42 cumulative points.

Entering each meet, Goldendale head coach Juli Rising and the rest of the Timberwolves set individual and team goals, and last week's team goal, amid a new league rule, was to top the Zillah Leopards, not the Knights.

New to this year, the SCAC will hand out two league titles, one for each the top team in the SCAC East and West divisions, instead of the top team league wide.

"Last week our goal was to beat Zillah," Rising said, "because that was who we were scoring against, our main competition for the league."

"That's basically going to be between us and Zillah," Rising added about the boys SCAC West title.

The Goldendale boys were able to accomplish that goal, whose 45 points held off the Leopards, who took third on Thursday with 56 team points.

Goldendale junior runner Dillon Rising rose to the occasion and dominated the field in the 5,000 meter boys race which included 68 runners from Goldendale, Royal, Zillah, Connell and La Salle. He ran to a first place finish for the first time this season with a 16 minute, 54.38 second time, finishing nearly 20 seconds ahead of Connell's Nolan Chase, who was runner up in 17:14.34.

Thursday's top finish was the fifth time in three years Dillon has finished first in a 5,000 meter meet. As a sophomore in 2015, he won three straight 5K races from Oct. 8 through Oct. 22 and finished the season with a 12th place showing at the state meet on Nov. 7 in Pasco.

Dillon Rising leads a veteran boys squad who's been ramping up the intensity at practice as of late, poised to make some noise at the SCAC District Meet on Oct. 27. Goldendale's top five boys runners are comprised of two seniors and one junior, sophomore and freshman.

After Rising, Lucas Anderson cruised to a fifth place finish in 17:41.63 and Mykhail Lembke finished ninth on Thursday, stopping the clock at 18:15.75. Freshman Corbin Riley took 12th in 18:34.96, while Michael Jagelski finished 18th with a time of 18:43.93.

While the Timberwolves boys team is filled with experience, the girls squad is a different story. Aside from just two athletes, the rest of the team is comprised of runners competing in cross country for the first time.

Despite its youth and only five runners, the Timberwolves took third with 80 points in Connell, trailing Zillah (29) and Royal (44).

Freshman Ellie Rising, one week after finishing first at the SCAC meet in Granger on Sept. 29, led the Goldendale girls with a third place finish in 20:25. Ellie and fellow freshman Abby Hedges, with a ninth place finish and personal best time of 22:20.68, led the girls to a third place team finish.

Despite a hip injury which has limited her in practice and in meets, Ellie Rising continues to be the Wolves most consistent runner. Injury or not, she'll be a threat to top the charts at the district meet on Oct. 27 and could do some damage as a freshman at the state meet.

Jade Smith (23:14.01), Savannah Ross (25:11.34) and Denice Owen (27:50.81) rounded out the rest of the Goldendale girls in Connell.

Goldendale meet

For the second straight year, the Goldendale Golf Club will be the site of Goldendale's lone home cross country meet.

The Timberwolves and Cle Elum, Highland, Kiona Benton, Royal and Trout Lake high schools will be competing on Thursday at 4 p.m. Juli Rising, who's also coordinating the race, said there were 151 runners signed up as of Monday afternoon.

The previous meets in Goldendale had runners dodging traffic near High Street and took runners through the Cottonwood RV Park. The golf course provides a safer experience and takes runners through two laps around the nine holes at the course.

The Goldendale Golf Club has been a big help to the cross country program, closing its doors early on race day for the past two years.

After the meet, the Goldendale cross country program will host a spaghetti feed in the course club house for the athletes and others attending.

Bickleton runners in Prosser

Sophomore Michael Gannon set a personal record last Thursday, and led all Bickleton runners with a 19:11 time at the 5,000 meter course at Art Fiker Stadium in Prosser.

Gannon finished 20th overall in the race which included teams from Ellensburg, Prosser and Wapato. Cesareo Arriaga stopped the clock next for the Pirates, finishing in 21:32 and was followed closely by Joseph Cummings, who set a season-best time of 21:44. Scott McBride rounded out Bickleton's four runners, crossing the finish line in 33:35.

The Pirates return to the course Thursday, travelling to White Swan to compete in the White Swan Fun Run.


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