Stron seasons ahead for G'Dale XC


August 30, 2017

The Goldendale High School boys cross country team is back and ready to defend its South Central Athletic Conference District Championship while the young girls team is a year older and a year more experienced as they also look to make a run at a district title.

The Timberwolves return seven of the nine runners who ran at last year’s Class 1A WIAA State Meet, including four from the boys team that placed 10th overall at the state meet and a pair of freshmen girls who got their feet wet with the best competition in the state.

The top overall runner on the Timberwolves, Dillon Rising, returns for his senior season and is aiming to finish his cross country career with four trips to state. As a freshman in 2014, he debuted at state with a 79th place showing in 17 minutes, 58.9 seconds, but made a huge leap in his sophomore season, shaving off nearly 1:20 off his freshman time at state. He finished 12th as a sophomore, and 12th again as a junior, and should be a lock to finish in the top two later this season at the district meet.

Goldendale lost three tough senior runners from last year’s team, Michael Jagelski, Mykhail Lembke and Will Bostick, but sophomores Corbin Riley (73rd at state last year) and Sterling Beasley (153rd at state last year) and junior Lucas Anderson (59th as state last year) should step right up and fill the senior’s places nicely.

Add freshmen boys

On the girls side, sophomores Ellie Rising and Abby Hedges will lead the team after both appearing at the state meet last year.

Rising ran to a 33rd place showing in 20:34.20 and Hedges had a big run, finishing 73rd (21:22.2) while cutting almost 27 seconds from her previous personal record time.

Sophomore’s Jade Smith and Savannah Ross also return for the Timberwolves along with junior Denice Owen, all who helped the girls finish fourth at last year’s district meet.

Add freshmen girls

Goldendale opens its season on Sept. 9 at the 26 team Ellensburg Invite, which starts with a community run at 10 a.m.


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