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By Jaryd Cline
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Districts next for Goldendale runners after finishing strong in Royal

 

October 24, 2018

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Junior Sterling Beasley, shown on Oct. 11 in Goldendale, finished runner-up during last Thursday's SCAC League meet in Royal.

Runners from Goldendale recorded the top three spots in last Thursday's boys race in Royal and the top two spots in the girls race as both the boys and girls teams cruised to tight wins in the last regular season race of the season.

Next up for the Wolves, the South Central Athletic Conference District meet on Thursday at the Apple Ridge course in Cowiche.

Both the Goldendale boys and girls teams held off Royal, with the boys recording 28 team points to the Knights' 30, and the girls finishing with 24 to Royal's 31. Lucas Anderson, Sterling Beasley, and Corbin Riley took the top three spots in the boys race while Ellie Rising and Abby Hedges finished first and second respectively to help the teams to top honors.

After the top three Goldendale boys finished the 5 kilometer race, the next seven spots were filled with six Royal runners and one Cle Elum runners before Austin Williams, Alden Williams, and Mason Conroy came across shortly after.

Both Williams, sophomore Austin and freshman Alden, set new personal-best times last week, with Austin finishing in 18 minutes, 59.2 seconds, and Alden crossing in 19:32. It also was the fourth straight race on a 5K course that Alden was able to cut his time down.

Anderson, a senior, led the way again and finished in the top three of every SCAC meet this season, including taking the top spot for the second time. He finished the race nearly 20 seconds faster than the second place finisher in 17:40.1, and watched as Beasley and Riley, both juniors, filed in shortly after. Beasley, who recorded his personal record on a 5K course the week earlier in Goldendale, came away with his highest finish ever with the runner-up mark. He finished .8 seconds off his PR time from the Goldendale meet, stopping the clocks at 17:59 last Thursday in Royal.

It wasn't 10 seconds later when Riley came in for the third place finish with his 18:08.8 time. Riley finished in the top 10 of each SCAC meet this season and had two third place marks, including last weeks.

After both Williams finished with PRs, Austin at 11th place and Alden at 13th, sophomore and first-year runner Mason Conroy rounded out the Goldendale runners in the 30-person race. Conroy came in 17th overall at 20:16.5.

Girls

As they have done all season long at the SCAC meets, the Goldendale girls crushed the competition and cruised to another top team finish, their fourth in four SCAC meets. Last Thursday's meet also was the third SCAC meet in which all five of the girls finished in the race's top 10.

It also marked the fourth straight league meet that Rising, a junior, has taken top honors at. She finished No. 1 at all four of the SCAC meets this season, and will look to keep the streak going at districts, where she finished runner-up last year.

Hedges also has had lots of success running against league teams this season. Her second overall finish last Thursday was the third runner-up mark she's recorded this year in league meets. Hedges recorded a 21:17.7 time to go with her second place mark and two Royal runners followed in third and fourth.

The two Royal runners separated Goldendale's third and fourth runners, juniors Jade Smith and Kimberly Chestnut, who finished fifth and sixth overall respectively.

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Junior Ellie Rising finished runner-up at last year's district meet and has the top time of any SCAC runner so far this season on a 5K course.

Smith broke her pervious fastest time on a 5K course this season with her 22:17.8 time and has seen her time dip in four consecutive meets. Chestnut recorded her personal best the week prior in Goldendale and finished last Thursday in 22:26.8. Junior Savannah Ross rounded out Goldendale's five in 10th overall, setting a new season record with her 24:27.5 time.

Districts

The district meet again will be held at the Apple Ridge course in Cowiche, a place that Goldendale is very familiar with.

In each of the past couple of years, the Wolves have run at the three mile course twice per season. They ran there back on Sept. 15 for the Apple Ridge Run and will be back Thursday afternoon to see which teams and runners qualify for state. It's a three mile course, which is about .1 miles less than a 5K course.

Running starts Thursday with the girls race at 3:30 p.m. with the boys following at 4:15.

 

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