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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Goldendale boys finish as top 1A team at Connell Invite


September 27, 2017

After Saturday's Connell Invite, Goldendale cross country head coach Juli Rising was excited to compare times from Saturday to her runners' times when they ran in Connell last year, and she was more than pleased with what she saw.

It is a tough course, she described, with the first two miles of the 3.1-mile course mostly flat while the last 1,200 meters boasts a long, steep hill before runners bolt downhill for the final 150 meters of the race.

All of her runners were able to cut down on their times from last year in Connell, with a pair of ladies making huge strides.

Sophomore Savannah Ross was able to cut down on last year's time by just over five minutes, finishing the five kilometer run in 25 minutes, 2.70 seconds. Ross wasn't the only one who cut time by the minutes. Junior Denice Owen also ran a strong race over the weekend, and her time of 25:58.49 was over 3.5 minutes quicker than last year.

It wasn't just those two runners who turned heads with their huge strides. The entire team, boys and girls, was able to run to faster times than on the same course the previous year.

"They ran pretty well on Saturday," Rising said.

"The exciting part of it was the weather," She added. "In the 70s. Sunny and no smoke."

Goldendale had a tough open to the season after their first meet was canceled due to poor air quality, and also had a tough meet last Wednesday in Hood River in which it poured down rain until about a half hour before the meet started.

But the weather was great on Saturday, and so were the Goldendale boys, who finished as the top Class 1A school in attendance and second overall to Class 4A Pullman.

The Timberwolves were once again led by senior Dillon Rising, who ran more than 50 seconds faster than last year and finished third overall in the field of 99 runners. Rising ended the race in 16:14.79, finishing only behind Kennewick's Johan Correa (15:43.83) and College Place's Kenneth Rooks (15:36.32), both of whom beat the previous course record on Saturday.

Rising kept pace with Rooks early on, running side-by-side around the mile mark or so before Rooks' torrid pace was too much. Rooks is the real deal (he set the 1A state track 800 meter mark last spring) and also has pushed Rising to levels he hadn't seen before College Place joined the South Central Athletic Conference last year.

Junior Lucas Anderson followed Rising and just cracked the top 10, finishing 10th with a 17:34.17 time which is just under 20 seconds faster than his time in Connell last year.

Sophomore Mark Blunt picked up where he left off after the Apple Ridge Invite, finishing as Goldendale's No. 3 runner (18:27.1) while setting a new personal record and besting his time by nearly 1:40 from a few days earlier in Hood River.

Sophomore's Corbin Riley (18:48.49) and Sterling Beasley (19:01.36) finished as the team's No. 4 and 5 runners, with Beasley's time over a minute faster than last year, and freshman Austin Williams PRed by over a minute from Wednesday's 5K time. Beasley also earned a golden spike that coach Rising has been handing out each week. He finished fifth among Timberwolves and held off three Connell runners to help the team finish as the top 1A team for the meet.

Sophomore Ellie Rising, running in her first meet this season after a small injury, finished as the overall runner up in the girls 5K field of 65 runners with a time of 20:44.13. Sophomore Kimberly Chestnut finished second (24:21.08) for the Wolves, who were missing sophomores Jade Smith and Abby Hedges.

Hood River

A few days earlier, the Timberwolves were across the river for the Hood River "Skip Sparks" XC Festival where it poured down rain until shortly before the races began.

Dillon Rising led the majority of the way during the boys race, but had some trouble with the second half of the race which featured many turns through a wooded area including crossing over wooden bridges a few times. Rising and overall winner Gabriel Dinnel both got confused through the trails, taking wrong turns before Rising slipped while running up an incline that put Dinnel ahead for good.

It was wet and slick, and a handful of runners also slipped and muddied themselves, but at least the heavy rain held off throughout the meet.

The Goldendale boys finished as the No. 4 team and the girls finished sixth out of the nine teams in attendance. The Trout Lake Mustangs also were in attendance, with freshman Justin Peck finishing fourth overall in 17:56.79.

Goldendale boys: Rising – 17:29.88; Anderson – 19:04.81; Riley – 19:43.95; Blunt – 20:08.18; Beasley – 20:35.11; Williams – 21:06.65.

Middle school boys 3K race: Nick Bowdish – 13:53.73; Dema Thayer – 17:26.92.

Goldendale girls: Hedges – 22:25.80; Smith – 24:11.38; Ross – 25:14.29; Chestnut – 25:20.98; Owen – 25:54.33.

Trout Lake boys: Peck – 17:56.79; Gabe Harpe – 19:42.17; Shane Pearson – 22:17.97; Liam McLaughlin – 23:38.44; Evan Tattersall – 24:37.23.

Trout Lake girls: Hannah Funkhouser – 21:07.82; Joanna Peck – 22:20.11; Laurel Peck – 22:33.89; Makenna Stock – 24:57.8; Lydia Harpe – 25:03.85; Havilah Pearson – 26:10.5.


The Bickleton Pirates, along with the Mustangs, all ran at the Bridgette Nelson Memorial Invitational on Saturday at Sorosis Park in The Dalles. The Trout Lake girls, led by a first place finish from freshman Hannah Funkhouser, finished runner up with 55 points to The Dalles' 36 points.

Justin Peck, along with freshman Gabe Harpe, led the way for Trout Lake boys, finishing fourth and 12th respectively, with Bickleton junior Michael Gannon at 15th.

Boys: Peck – 17:44.43; Harpe – 18:38.31; Gannon – 19:03.84; Christian Arriaga – 19:18.90; Tattersall – 21:14.91; Pearson – 21:20.85; McLaughlin – 21:58.27; Hayden Andrews – 22:17.34; Ethan Andrews – 23:47.60; Scott McBride – 30:43.37.

Girls: Funkhouser – 20:42.19; Joanna Peck – 20:00.96; Laurel Peck – 22:14.56; Harpe – 23:47.68; Stock – 23:57.9; Pearson – 25:37.96.

This week

The Timberwolves have a tough week ahead, with their first SCAC meet on Thursday in Royal City.

On Saturday, they're at Franklin Park in Yakima for the 38-team Sunfair Invitational. The invitational features teams from around the state as well as schools from Oregon and Idaho.

The Pirates will run in the 19-team Pasco Bulldog Invite on Saturday.


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