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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Cross country hosting home meet Thursday 4 p.m. at golf course


October 10, 2018

Jaryd Cline

Junior Abby Hedges is shown running at the Gorge Cup Invitational on Sept. 12 in Trout Lake. Hedges finished third overall at last week's SCAC league meet in Wahluke.

The Timberwolves ran in their second South Central Athletic Conference league meet late last week in Wahluke with three other division schools, and will host a home meet for the third straight year on Thursday at the Goldendale Golf Course.

Goldendale will host SCAC schools Granger, Naches, and Zillah, along with county school Trout Lake for Thursday's meet, which gets underway with the girls 5 kilometer high school race at 4 p.m. The meet continues with the boys 5K race at 4:45 and is followed by 2.5K middle school race at 5:15.

Thursday's race in Goldendale is the third of four SCAC league meets for the Timberwolves, who have two more meets before the SCAC District Meet on Oct. 25 in Cowiche.

But last Thursday in Wahluke, the Timberwolves were led by a top finish in the boys race by senior Lucas Anderson to go along with a top finish in the girls race by junior Ellie Rising. Anderson stopped the timers in the boys race at 17 minutes, 18 seconds, down 15 seconds from his previous fastest time this year but still a ways behind his personal best time of 16:39.2 which he set at state last season. Rising finished in 21:09 and is still chasing her personal best time on a 5K course of 19:27.

After Rising in the girls race, the other four Goldendale runners were able to finish in the top 10 in a race that featured only 16 competitors. Abby Hedges came in two spots behind Rising in third place with a 22:03 time, Jade Smith (23:05) and Kimberly Chestnut (23:33) were sixth and seventh place respectively, and Savannah Ross rounded out Goldendale's five girls at 10th place in 25:55.

For the boys after Anderson, the team's lone junior, Corbin Riley came in two slots later at 17:54, his fastest time this year on a 5K course. Sterling Beasley, who joins Riley as the team's two juniors, finished seventh overall with a season-best 18:23 time that was close to 30 seconds faster than his previous fastest run this season.

Sophomore Austin Williams was next for the Wolves at 19:11, freshman Alden Williams came in at 19:51, and sophomore Mason Conroy finished 22nd among the field of 43 in 20:05 to wrap up Goldendale's runners.

Middle school

Four Goldendale junior high runners competed in the 3K middle school race where eighth grader Nick Bowdish finished ahead of the field for the third straight race.

Last Thursday was the first 3K middle school race this season and Bowdish came in at 11:26 with eighth graders Dema Thayer and Ian Schumacher finishing at 13:00 and 13:49 respectively.

Seventh grader Bailey Holycross was the only Goldendale girl running in the middle school race which she finished in 17:59.


The Pirates ran over the weekend at the 50th annual Max Jensen Richland Invitational, competing against hundreds of other runners in some big races.

It was the first three-mile race this season that the runners have competed in this season, with three setting personal best times on a three-mile course.

Senior Michael Gannon and sophomore Christian Arriaga were the first Pirates to finish in a boys race that featured 527 runners. Gannon finished at 17:06.75 and Arriaga at 17:36.62, both personal records on three-mile courses. Eighth grader Luke Binfet ran for the first time on a course this distance and was the third Pirate to cross at 18:43.8. Sophomore Hayden Andrews (20:07.9), junior Ethan Andrews (21:58.6), and junior Scott McBride (28:38) rounded out Bickleton's boys last Saturday.

Two Bickleton girls ran in the second of two girls races in Richland with freshman Haylee Andrews finishing in 22:39.20 and senior Hannah Binfet at 24:32.03.

The Pirates run next in the GUTBUSTER on Friday in Milton Freewater.


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