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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Goldendale girls take 11th as team, Lucas Anderson finishes 25 at state cross country meet


November 7, 2018

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Juniors Ellie Rising (left in purple), Kimberly Chestnut (center), and Abby Hedges jump off the starting line seconds after the gun signaled the start of the race.

The Goldendale girls cross country team, after the historic regular season in which they won every single SCAC league meet and captured the district title, capped the season with an 11th place team finish at last Saturday's state championship meet.

Led by junior Ellie Rising's 29th place finish out of the 159-person field and strong runs from the rest of the Fab Five junior class consisting of Abby Hedges, Kimberly Chestnut, Jade Smith, and Savannah Ross, the Wolves just missed the top-10 finish after garnering 253 team points.

The boys, who also qualified as a team after one of the closest finishes you will ever see at the district meet after holding off Wahluke by one point and Royal by two points, took 14th overall and were led by a 25th place finish from Lucas Anderson, the team's lone senior.

Anderson, whose time of 17 minutes, 11.1 seconds was down about 30 seconds from last week's district meet after an illness hampered him, headlined four Goldendale boys named to the SCAC West All-League team. He was the fourth SCAC boy to finish last Saturday at the Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco, finishing half a second ahead of Zillah's Wade Koerner.

Junior Sterling Beasley continued his recent run of strong performances for the boys with a 43rd place finish in 17:34.5. Beasley has made heaps of progress since his first appearance at state as a freshman when he was the last finisher in the race. He's been a grinder all season and saw the work pay off after cutting close to 25 seconds off his old personal record on a five kilometer course.

Anderson and Beasley led the way but it was about 30 seconds and 50 spots before the next Goldendale finisher came through. Junior Corbin Riley, also running at state for the third straight year, was a little bit slower this year but still had a good finish with his 18:01.7 time for a 97th place finish in the 163 person race.

Sophomore Austin Williams, who ran at state last year, was next for the Wolves in 143rd with a 19:18.4 time and following were freshman Alden Williams (157th in 19:58.4) and sophomore Mason Conroy (160th in 20:19.10) both in their state debuts.

With 253 team points, the Goldendale girls finished 28 points behind 10th place finishing Meridian. With Rising, Hedges, and Chestnut all making their third straight trip to state while Smith and Ross made their second straight trip, the Wolves should be one of the most experienced teams in the state next season.

Rising and Hedges earned at-large bids during their freshman year and have been joined by their teammates this and last year. After Rising paced the Wolves with a time of 20:15.30, Hedges followed less than a minute later in 53rd place in 21:01.6.

Chestnut followed in third with a big jump from her results at last year's state meet. Saturday, she set a new personal record with a 21:49.7 time for 77th overall. She finished 41 spots higher and cut down around 25 seconds from last season.

Smith, who set her personal record during last year's state meet, came in fourth for the Wolves with an overall finish at 93rd place in 22:21.7. Ross followed in 24:07.8 and rounded out Goldendale's runners in 144th place.

All League

The Goldendale runners, along with the coaches, were well represented on this year's all league teams.

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Senior Lucas Anderson finished his career with a 25th place finish.

All five of the Goldendale girls were honored with first-team appearances while head coach Juli Rising was awarded the league's top girls coach. It's the third year in a row Rising has been voted as one of the conference's top coaches.

Ellie Rising and Hedges were both on the first team last year, but this year, five of the eight first-team spots were made up of Timberwolves. Smith joins the first team after earning second-team honors last season and both Chestnut and Ross earned the SCAC all-league honor for the first time.

For the boys, Anderson was on the first team for the second straight year and also was joined by Beasley. Riley and Austin Williams both picked spots on the second team.


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