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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Goldendale home cross country meet set for 4 p.m. Thursday at golf course


October 11, 2017

Jaryd Cline

Goldendale runners Mark Blunt, left, and Lucas Anderson follow the track during the Sept. 20 cross country meet in Hood River.

The Goldendale cross country home meet is finally here.

After a strange start to the season which saw canceled meets and indoor practices, Goldendale's runners seem to in full stride as the season winds down.

Every runner that competed during last Thursday's meet in Zillah set a season-record, with many also setting personal-best times.

"It was really good for the kids' morale to get personal bests," Goldendale head coach Juli Rising said.

The Timberwolves will be looking to carry that success over to Thursday's home meet, which for the third straight year, will be held at the Goldendale Golf Club.

"It's fun for the kids to run on the home course so people can see them," Rising said.

It also will be the last time that standout senior Dillon Rising will run in Goldendale, with no home track meet scheduled this year. He will go down as one of the top runners in school history and will make his fourth straight state appearance in November.

The Timberwolves, along with the Cle Elum Warriors, Highland Scotties, Kiona-Benton Bears, and the Royal Knights all will be in attendance Thursday running the five kilometer course. Trout Lake also is bringing runners to compete.

The Timberwolves, however, already got a preview of the course. On Monday, the team ran out to the golf club and ran the course for practice.

The meet kicks off with the girls varsity 5K race at 4 p.m., with the boys varsity race following at 4:30. A 2,500 meter combined middle school race concludes the day at 5 p.m.

After Thursday's meet, the Goldendale coaching staff is holding a spaghetti feed for all the teams, and anyone else hungry. The staff also is thankful that the Goldendale Golf Club has allowed them to use the course for the home meet the last three years.

Zillah Meet

Before their meet in Goldendale, the Timberwolves ran in their second SCAC league meet in Zillah along with the Leopards, Connell, La Salle and Royal.

The Goldendale boys, led by another first place finish Rising, garnered 55 team points for a third place showing on the day, finishing behind Royal (54) and Zillah (48).

The girls, with sophomore Ellie Rising coming in second place, finished fourth place among the five teams with 80 points, although they were competing without sophomore Jade Smith on Thursday. The Timberwolves followed Connell (68), Royal (56), and Zillah (30), which won both the boys and girls races on its home course.

All seven of the Goldendale boys were able to improve their times from this season, with six setting personal records for times on a 5K course.

For Rising, it was another one of his superb races, but also was the first time in his running career he was able to finish under 16 minutes. The senior cruised through the Zillah course, stopping the timers at 15 minutes, 53.8 seconds while cutting 21 seconds off his previous fastest 5K time from Sept. 23 in Connell.

Junior Lucas Anderson ran faster than he had this year and was Goldendale's No. 2 finisher, taking ninth overall in 17:23.5. It was nearly 11 seconds faster than his previous fastest time on Sept. 23 in Connell.

Sophomore Corbin Riley rounded out the overall top 10 on Thursday as the team's No. 3 runner, finishing less than a second behind Anderson in 17:24.3. It was the first time Riley has run under 18 minutes this year in a 5K, and was a new personal-best time by about 15 seconds.

Sophomore Mark Blunt also broke the 18 minute mark for the first time in his career last week, taking 14th overall in 17:56, a personal record by over 30 seconds. Sophomore Sterling Beasley rounded out Goldendale's top five, finishing 21st at 18:25.8, a big personal record and the first time he's ran a 5K in under 19 minutes.

Freshman Austin Williams also PRed, finishing 34th among the field of 76 runners with a time of 19:27.3. His time also was a personal best by just under 30 seconds. Senior Ryan Kindler competed for just the second time this season, finishing 58th in 21:35.1. It was the first 5K Kindler has run this season after he previously ran in the three mile Apple Ridge Invite on Sept. 16.

Like the boys on Thursday, the Goldendale girls also enjoyed a strong day of running with personal records from all five competitors.

Ellie Rising, running for the fourth time this year after missing a few meets with a small injury, was the overall runner-up on the girls side, finishing with a personal record of 20:07.1. She only finished behind Royal senior Kay Lester, who won the meet in 19:47.5.

Sophomore Abby Hedges also cracked the top 10 for the Timberwolves, finishing ninth in 21:19.2, besting her previous top time in a 5K (last year's state meet) by two seconds.

Sophomore Kimberly Chestnut emerged as the team's No. 3 runner last week with her 18th place finish while also setting her own personal-best time by about 34 seconds. She finished the race in 23:47.7, a big improvement from her 24:21.1 5K time on Sept. 23 in Connell.

Sophomore Savannah Ross followed Chestnut, finishing in 26th place while also adding another personal-best finish for the Timberwolves. She finished the 5K in 24:55.3, eight seconds faster than her previous personal record.

Junior Denice Owen rounded out Goldendale's runners, finishing 30th among the field of 48 runners. She also set a big personal record with her 25:22 time, shaving more than 30 seconds off her previous best which was 25:54.4 on Sept. 20 in Hood River.


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