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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Many personal and seasonal records for Wolves at home meet


October 17, 2018

Jaryd Cline

The Goldendale girls burst off the starting line during last Thursday's home league meet.

The historical season continued for the Goldendale girls cross country team at last week's home meet.

On Thursday at the Goldendale Golf Course, juniors Ellie Rising and Abby Hedges finished first and second respectively as the Goldendale girls won as a team at the third straight South Central Athletic Conference meet.

Rising and Hedges, along with juniors Kimberly Chestnut, Jade Smith, and Savannah Ross, all finished in the top 12 of the 23 person, five kilometer race which also featured runners from Zillah, Granger, Naches, and Trout Lake.

All five of the Goldendale girls recorded season-best times on Thursday while Chestnut, who finished sixth place with a 22 minute, 0.7 second time, set a new personal record that was down about 16 seconds from her previous best time which she set at last year's state meet.

Rising added to her recent first place finishes with the top mark on Thursday in 20:50, which cut about 24 seconds from her old season record of 20:31 which was during the first 5K meet of the season at the Gorge Cup Invitational on Sept. 12. She has now finished first in each of the first three SCAC meets this season. On Sept. 27 in Kiona Benton, Rising took top honors in 20:50 and followed with another first place mark on Oct. 4 in Wahluke, finishing in 21:09.

Hedges added her second runner-up finish of the season after coming in behind Rising and stopping the timers at 20:54.9 last Thursday. Hedges knocked off just under a minute from her old fastest time from just this season, and needs to cut down around 11 seconds to equal her personal record time of 20:43.8 which she used to finish 60th at last year's state meet.

Chestnut secured her fastest time ever in a 5K race and finished sixth overall and now has finished in the top seven in each of the three SCAC meets this year.

Smith and Ross rounded out Goldendale's team in ninth and 12th place respectively. Smith also has added top 10 finishes in each SCAC meet and finished on Thursday in 22:39.9, close to 25 seconds quicker than when she finished in 23:05 in Wahluke on Oct. 4.

Ross cut down over a minute from her run in the previous week's meet while also recording a new season-best run, finishing on Thursday in Goldendale in 24:36.4. In the first 5K of the season in Trout Lake on Sept. 12, Ross recorded a 24:49.4, but was able to shave 13 seconds from that time for the new season record.

The Timberwolves finished first as a team with 27 points, but right behind them was the Trout Lake Mustangs, who, along with Zillah and Goldendale, were the only three teams to record team scores, which requires five runners at minimum on a team. The Mustangs recorded 43 points as a team and the Leopards were behind with 51.

Three Mustangs cracked the top 10, led by Laurel Peck who came in at fifth at 21:38.90 which was a new seasonal record for the senior. Senior Joanna Peck finished two slots later at seventh place at 22:07.3 and junior Makenna Stock was right behind at eighth in 22:24.1. Sophomore Lydia Harpe (11th place in 24:17.2) and freshman Emily Lopez (17th in 26:35.9) rounded out the five Mustangs.


The Goldendale boys took second as a team with 60 cumulative points from its top five runners while the Zillah Leopards finished on top with 33 total points.

Like the girls, Goldendale's boys had a strong day running while nearly every runner set either a season-or personal-best time.

Senior Lucas Anderson made the most of his last home cross country race in Goldendale, finishing as the runner-up behind Zillah senior Nate Mendoza. Anderson finished the race in 16:52.6, the first time finishing in less than 17 minutes this season on a 5K course.

Junior Corbin Riley followed for the Wolves in seventh place with his 17:51.9 time. Riley has seen his time dip in every 5K race this season, and Thursday's time is close to a minute lower than his time in the first 5K this season on Sept. 12.

Junior Sterling Beasley was one of three for the Wolves who recorded new personal records and was the third hometown runner to finish. Beasley came in at eighth overall with a 17:58.2 time, his first time running a 5K in under 18 minutes.

After Beasley, sophomore Austin Williams came in at 20th overall in 19:29.2, and freshman Alden Williams followed a few spots later in 26th. Alden finished the 5K in 19:48.7 which earned him a new personal record as he's seen his times dip in each of the last three races on 5K courses.

Sophomore Mason Conroy rounded out the Wolves. The first year runner also set a new personal-best time, finishing at 27th overall in the 64 person race in 19:52.1. Like Riley, Conroy also has seen his times dip in each consecutive 5K race this year.

Trout Lake also had a five-team boys group that ran Thursday, coming in fifth with 105 total team points.

Sophomore Gabe Harpe led the Mustang boys with a 12th place finish in 18:55.7 and was followed by sophomore Shane Pearson at 18th in 19:28.2. Two more sophomores, Evan Tattersall and Liam McLaughlin, came through the finish line next, finishing at 25th and 28th respectively. Tattersall stopped the timers at 19:46.1 while McLaughlin set a new personal record with his 19:52.5 time. Senior Luke Court was the fifth Mustang to finish, also setting a new personal record at 20:52.6 in his third career high school race.

Middle school

Junior high runners from Goldendale, Naches, Trout Lake, and East Valley Central (Yakima) were also at the golf course for a 2.5 kilometer boys and girls combined run.

Eighth graders Trevor Collins and Nick Bowdish went first and second overall and were the only two runners of the 28-person race to finish in less than nine minutes. Collins, from Trout Lake, took the top spot in 8:53.10, and Bowdish, from Goldendale, was just a few seconds behind at 8:56.8. Both times were new personal bests for the two eighth graders.

Trout Lake seventh grader Justus Davis was fourth among boys in 9:26, teammate Judah Pearson came in seventh at 9:54.6, and Dasher Evans finished 11th in 10:21.2 to round out the Mustang boys in the middle school run.

Jaryd Cline

Goldendale Middle School runners Bailey Holycross (46), Nick Bowdish (43), Dema Thayer (45), and Ian Schumacher (44) get off to a quick start during the junior high race last Thursday at the gold course.

Eighth grader Dema Thayer was the second Timberwolf to cross the finish line, doing so in 10:15.50 while eighth grader Ian Schumacher was 14th among boys with a finishing time of 11:01.5.

Goldendale had just one middle school girl run, seventh grader Bailey Holycross. She was the 10th girl to finish and did so in 14:44.9, a personal record for her on a 2.5K course by

Next up

Goldendale races in its last SCAC meet on Thursday in Royal, the last competition before the postseason.

The Timberwolves, along with the Royal Knights and Cle Elum Warriors will run on Thursday starting at 4 p.m. at the Royal Golf Course.

After that, the SCAC District Championship Meet will be held at the Apple Ridge course in Cowiche on Oct. 25.


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