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By Jaryd Cline

XC boys edge Royal; Districts Thursday


Jaryd Cline

STEP FOR STEP: Goldendale freshman Corbin Riley runs with a Royal athlete during Goldendale's home meet on Oct. 13 at the Goldendale Golf Club.

he Rising siblings (Ellie and Dillon) once again swept the individual titles in a five kilometer cross country meet, this time at Royal's South Central Athletic Conference meet on Thursday, and the Goldendale boys edged the Knights for the second time this season.

Led by Dillon Rising's first place finish in 16 minutes, 40 seconds, in the boys race, four Goldendale runners finished in the top 10, and five finished in the top 11 as Goldendale's 33 points narrowly beat out the Knights, who finished with 35 points at Thursday's meet.

Rising finished in the top spot for the third straight meet this season and was followed by Lucas Anderson (third place in 17:21), Corbin Riley (eighth place in 17:39), Michael Jagelski (10th place in 18:06) and Mykhail Lembke (11th place in 18:19). Will Bostick and Sterling Beasley, 28th and 30th place respectively, rounded out the Timberwolves in the 55-person race.

"Everyone brought it on Thursday," Goldendale head coach Juli Rising said.

In the girl's race, Ellie Rising, still bothered by a sore hip, captured her third overall victory in a 5K race this year, leading the field of 28 runners in 20:48. Rising and the rest of the Timberwolves accumulated 56 points, third behind Wahluke (43) and Royal (32).

Abby Hedges cracked the top 10 for the third time this season in a 5K race, finishing eighth with a personal record time of 21:49. Jade Smith was the third Timberwolf to finish, taking 15th in 23:06 while Savannah Ross (17th in 23:20) and Denice Owen (28th in 28:17) rounded out the Goldendale runners.


prep for districts

The Goldendale runners return to Apple Ridge in Cowiche on Thursday for the 12-team SCAC district meet. The Timberwolves ran at the Apple Ridge Invite on Sept. 17, where the boys won the team trophy in the three-race varsity meet.

The Timberwolves are very experienced running through the orchards in Cowiche, and have raced there three times a year in previous seasons. But this year the Wolves only raced in Highland once, but Rising still believes her team will be prepared for the course.

"When you go out there and you've only walked the course once, it's way different than racing it," Rising said. "So I feel like it's a big advantage for our kids having raced there at least once."

Coming off last Thursday's win over the Knights, Rising is looking for the boys team to continue its strong streak of running.

"I'm hoping that momentum carries them through and I just want to see them all run their best race," Rising said.

On the boy's side, the top 28 individual runners earn a trip to the state tournament while the top four teams, consisting of five runners each, earn a trip. For the girls, it's the top 21 runners and top three teams.

The state tournament is set for Nov. 5 at the Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco. Bickleton third at District 5 Championship

Behind a fourth place finish from sophomore Michael Gannon, the Bickleton Pirates cross country team placed third at the District 5 B Championships on Saturday in Pasco.

After Gannon stopped the clocks at 18:31.7, Christain Arriaga (19:48.6) and Cesareo Arriaga (20:43.1) were the next Bickleton runners to cross the finish line, taking 11th and 19th place respectively.

Bickleton's 78 team points ranked third behind White Swan's 52 and Tri-Cities Prep's 27. Liberty Christian (87) and Yakama Nation Tribal (115) took fourth and fifth.

Senior Joseph Cummings finished in 21:32.6 and Scott McBride stopped the timers at 30:44.7 for the Pirates in the 35 person race.


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