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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Strong cross country squads should again compete for state bid

 

September 5, 2018

Jaryd Cline

Top from left: Assistant coach Randall Jones, Ian Schumacher, Alden Williams, Savannah Ross, Sterling Beasley, Kim Chestnut, Jade Smith, Lucas Anderson, Ellie Rising, Corbin Riley, Austin Williams, Mason Conroy, and head coach Juli Rising. Bottom from left: Gage Jensen, Abby Hedges, Dakota Anderson, Dema Thayer, and Nick Bowdish.

Last season, Goldendale cross country made school history by sending both the full girls and boys teams to the state meet for the first time ever, and although one of the top runners to graduate from GHS has moved on to bigger and better things, there's no reason why either team shouldn't make a return to state.

The Timberwolves, who return the bulk of both the boys and girls teams, will be off and running to start the season at the Ellensburg Invitational on Saturday at Irene Rhineheart Park starting at 10:30 a.m.

Boys

The boys will be without a familiar face in Dillon Rising, who graduated last school year and is now running for the George Fox University cross country team in Newberg, Oregon. The boys lost both Rising and Ryan Kindler to graduation, but return an experienced and strong crop of runners leading with senior Lucas Anderson.

Anderson, a two-time state competitor himself, will lead the Wolves after a strong summer of running. He's ran in the previous two state meets and finished 26th overall last season out of more than 150 total competitors.

Anderson isn't the only tough returning boys runner for the Timberwolves. A couple other returners with multiple years of state experience will bolster the team as it pushes for another state appearance.

Both juniors Corbin Riley and Sterling Beasley have ran on the biggest stage at state in each of their first two years and are primed to make another run at it this year. Both runners seemingly improve and cut their times down each race, and last year, Beasley saved his best run for last where he set close to a four second personal best during the state run last year.

Girls

The Goldendale girl runners are loaded and also look primed to return to state as a team for the second straight year.

Last season, a gritty group of standout sophomores paved the way for a team state appearance, which means a team's top seven runners advance and run at state.

With a stacked junior class consisting of Ellie Rising, Abby Hedges, Jade Smith, Kimberly Chestnut, and Savannah Ross, all of whom competed as a team at state, a return to state looks imminent.

Rising and Hedges, both two-time state competitors will lead the way for the ladies. In both her runs at state as a freshman and sophomore, Rising finished in the top 35 but should be able to make a big jump this year. However, everyone should be able to make a big jump during their junior year as the team competes for a South Central Athletic Conference district title.

Last year, the girls finished runner-up and shocked the 14-team SCAC, but have their sights set higher this season with all the runners coming back.

After the cross country team debuts this season in Ellensburg, they will return to running less than a week later for the First Gorge Cup Invitational in Trout Lake.

Goldendale, along with close to a dozen other teams, including county schools Bickleton, White Salmon, and the Trout Lake Mustangs, will start the meet at 4 p.m. with the 2.5 kilometer girls middle school race.

Rising strong in 1st race

George Fox freshman and 2018 Goldendale graduate Dillon Rising cruised to a third place mark in his first collegiate cross country meet with the Bruins at the Linfield Harrier Classic in McMinnville, Oregon.

Rising was the first George Fox runner to finish, and helped the NCAA Division III school win the meet with 27 points to Western Oregon's 41.

The freshman stopped the timers of the six kilometer (3.73 mile) run in 20 minutes, 5.5 seconds.

His next meet is set for Sept. 15 at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma.

 

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