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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Dillon Rising cruises to first place in home meet, leads boys to team win on rainy afternoon


October 18, 2017

Jaryd Cline

The Goldendale girls consisting of, from left, Abby Hedges, Kimberly Chestnut, Ellie Rising, and Savannah Ross prepare for the start of the race on Thursday at the Goldendale Golf Club.

As the boys neared the end of their run on the five kilometer course at the Goldendale Golf Club on a soaked Thursday afternoon, head cross country coach Juli Rising said the Timberwolf boys were running like they want to reach state.

She stood at the finish line and watched as soaked runners filed into the chute at the end of the race, and definitely liked what she saw.

The top five Goldendale boys runners last Thursday, led by a first-place finish from senior Dillon Rising, all finished inside the top 10 and Goldendale outpaced Royal's top five runners 25-36 to finish as the top-scoring team in their only home meet this year.

Like he did at last year's home meet, Rising jumped out ahead of the pack early and led the entire race. He finished first overall in a race for the third time this season, stopping the timer at 16 minutes, 11 seconds, and waited at the finish line high-fiving all the runners as they passed through.

After Rising and Trout Lake freshman Justin Peck (16:28) took first and second, Goldendale junior Lucas Anderson, and sophomore's Corbin Riley, Mark Blunt, and Sterling Beasley rounded out Goldendale's top five runners.

Anderson, who took third in 16:48, set a personal record on the home course, running under 17 minutes on a 5K course for the first time in his career.

Riley was next for Goldendale, finishing sixth among the field of 47 runners. He finished his run in 17:33 after last week's personal-best run in Zillah. Blunt also had a PR in Zillah, and finished ninth on Thursday in Goldendale at 18:11. It was the first time in Blunt's career that he cracked the top 10 in a race.

Beasley finished right behind Blunt, two seconds behind in 18:13, which was a personal record for the sophomore. His time was almost 13 seconds quicker than his previous fastest time which he set last week in Zillah.

Freshman Austin Williams also cruised to a personal-best finish on a 5K course in his first home meet. Williams came in at No. 20 overall at 19:13, 14 seconds faster than his previous best the week before in Zillah.

Senior Ryan Kindler, running for just the third time this season and the second time on a 5K course, bested his previous best time by 41 seconds last Thursday and finished 37th in 20:45.


The Timberwolves were down to four girl runners on Thursday, with sophomore Jade Smith recovering from an illness.

Sophomore Ellie Rising paced the Wolves like she has in every other race she's competed in this season, and finished as the overall runner-up to Trout Lake freshman Hannah Funkhouser. Funkhouser led the field of 22 runners in 19:05.

Rising was the top finisher at last year's Goldendale meet, but she was able to crush her time from last year, finishing in a personal-best time of 19:27 on Thursday. Her time in Goldendale this year was 1:42 seconds faster than last year on the same course.

Sophomores Abby Hedges and Kimberly Chestnut joined Rising as the three Goldendale girls to finish inside the top 10, with Hedges taking fifth in 20:45 and Chestnut 10th in 22:46. Both times were personal records.

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Senior Dillon Rising, left, congratulates sophomore Corbin Riley after he crossed the finish line on the rainy Thursday afternoon.

Another of Goldendale's super sophomores, Savannah Ross, finished just behind Chestnut in 12th place at 23:01, by far her fastest time this season on a 5K course and 19 seconds faster than her former personal record.

What's next

The Timberwolves are away from home for their last meet before the South Central Athletic Conference District Meet.

Goldendale will be in Naches on Thursday competing against the Rangers, Royal, and Wahluke with the three-mile girls varsity race starting at 4 p.m. and the boys right after at 4:30.

Districts is the next week on Oct. 26 at the Apple Ridge Course in Cowiche.


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