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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Wolves run in Ki-Be, Yakima as home meet nears


October 3, 2018

Jaryd Cline

Sophomore Mason Conroy is shown running during the Gorge Cup Invitational on Sept. 12 in Trout Lake. Last Saturday, Conroy and the Wolves ran among over 30 teams at the Sunfair Invitational in Yakima.

The Goldendale Timberwolves cross country team hit the midway point of the season and have three meets in three weeks to get to where they need to be for the South Central Athletic Conference District Meet.

The Timberwolves ran in two meets last week starting with their SCAC league meet last Thursday in Kiona-Benton and finishing at the giant Sunfair Invitational Saturday in Yakima.

They were among three other teams in Ki-Be where both the boys and girls had strong combined runs and on Saturday, the nine Goldendale runners competed against kids from 34 other schools, some much larger and some SCAC schools.

In Yakima at Franklin Park, the five Goldendale boys and four girls that made the trip each ran in one of the seven-flight, three-mile races. Designed for full, seven-person varsity teams, one runner from each team competes in one of the seven races of the series based on their team standing. Each team's number seven runner raced in the first flight, the No. 6 runner ran in the second flight, all the way down to the seventh flight, which featured the top runners.

The Invitational also featured separate freshmen, sophomore, junior, and senior races, and all but sophomore Mason Conroy ran in the seven-flight series. Conroy was one of over 100 runners in the sophomore race, which he finished in 20 minutes, 25.91 seconds.

After the class races ended, the flight races began with each team's No. 7 runner. Sophomore Austin Williams (19:26.04) ran for the boys and junior Savannah Ross (24:50.52) ran for the girls.

The second flight race featured junior Sterling Beasley who finished eighth among 25 people in 18:04.05. Next for the girls was junior Kimberly Chestnut in the third flight for No. 5 runners where she finished in 22:54.03. Junior Abby Hedges ran in the fourth flight and stopped timers at 21:31.36 and junior Ellie Rising finished eighth in the seventh flight for No. 1 runners. Rising came in eighth of the 15-person seventh flight with a 20:02.29 time.

After Beasley ran for the boys, junior Corbin Riley competed in the fourth flight and recorded a time of 18:31.99 while senior Lucas Anderson finished 18th in the 25 person seventh flight in 17:00.39.

SCAC Meet No. 1

The Timberwolves were in Kiona-Benton last Thursday for their first of four SCAC league meets where the girls cruised to top honors and the boys took second among the four schools in attendance.

SCAC East schools Ki-Be and Connell, along with La Salle from the West side of the league, ran in the 5 kilometer varsity races and five Timberwolves ran in the 1.5 mile boys and girls middle school races.

Six of the Goldendale boys, led by a third place mark from Anderson, finished the 3.1 mile race in the top 20 while the girls placed all five runners in the top six spots.

Ellie Rising garnered top honors in the girls race, finishing as the only runner to stop the timers at less than 21 minutes. Rising, followed by Hedges (22:46), Chestnut (23:32), Smith (24:55), Ki-Be's Gloria Enriquez (25:17), and Ross (25:38) rounded out the top six runners.

Both Anderson and Riley finished in the top 6 of the 55-person race, but Connell, who finished one spot ahead of the Timberwolves in ninth place at last year's state meet, placed six runners in the top eight spots, including sophomore Dallin Price who won the race in 17:09.

Anderson was third in 17:53 and Riley came in a few spots later at sixth at 18:12, 20 seconds down from his previous fastest time on a 5K course this season. Beasley followed at 11th in 19:11 and both Alden and Austin Williams finished in 20:30, Alden at 17th and Austin 18th. Conroy followed both Williams in 19th place with a 20:33 time. Freshman Gage Jensen rounded out Goldendale's runners in 26:40.

Up next

Starting this week, the Timberwolves will be running in one meet a week until the end of the season.

They will be in Wahluke Thursday for a four-team SCAC league meet starting with the 3 kilometer junior varsity race. Highland, along with Wahluke, and College Place will run with the Wolves on Thursday.

Goldendale's home meet is set for the next week, Thursday Oct. 11 at the Goldendale Golf Club.


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