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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Nick Bowdish wins middle school race in Connell


September 26, 2018

Jaryd Cline

Goldendale eighth grader Nick Bowdish keeps the pace during the Gorge Cup Invite on Sept. 12 in Trout Lake. Bowdish finished first overall in the boys middle school race in Connell and was the only runner in the 50-person race to finish in less than 10 minutes.

The Timberwolves headed east last weekend to run in the 15-team Connell Invite, and will be back on the road Thursday as they start the South Central Athletic Conference league meets.

Ten Timberwolves made the trip and ran in the Connell Invite, which featured 1.6 mile middle school races and five kilometer varsity and junior varsity races on Saturday afternoon.

Eighth grader Nick Bowdish came out on a roll in the first race of the day, the middle school boys race. Bowdish ended the race of 50 runners as the only one to stop the timers in less than 10 minutes, finishing at 9 minutes, 51.93 seconds, over 30 seconds faster than the runner-up finisher.

It's the only time in his middle school career he's run in a 1.6 mile race, but the distance nearly is equal to what he and the other middle schoolers ran at the Gorge Cup Invitational (2.5K) on Sept. 12. In that race, Bowdish finished in 10:05.5, and was able to cut that time down more over the weekend in Connell.

Senior Lucas Anderson cracked the top 10 of the boys varsity race with his finishing time of 17:32.63, a new season record which was good for seventh place while cutting close to nine seconds from his time at the Gorge Cup.

Anderson was followed by junior Corbin Riley (20th place in 18:32.7), junior Sterling Beasley (28th in 18:52.3), and sophomore Mason Conroy (49th in 20:36.94).

Junior Abby Hedges led the girls, finishing right outside the top 10 in 11th with a 5K time of 21:51.83. Juniors Kimberly Chestnut and Savannah Ross followed for the Goldendale girls. Chestnut finished in 22:33.64 and Ross came in with a 25:38.2 time.

Seventh grader Bailey Holycross was the lone girl from Goldendale to run in the middle school race, finishing in 17:11.6.

Up next

Goldendale again will head east for its first SCAC league meet. On Thursday, the Timberwolves, along with La Salle and SCAC East schools Connell and Kiona-Benton, will be at Horne Rapids Park which is just a few miles north of Benton City.

Starting at 4 p.m. with the girls 5K race, the course leads runners on a loop around the Yakima River. The boys run at 4:30, and 1.5 mile middle school races start at 5 p.m.

After Thursday's first league run, Goldendale will head to Yakima on Saturday morning for the Sunfair Invitational, a big-time event with more than 40 high and middle schools from around the state. Schools from Oregon and one from British Columbia also will be in attendance.


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