Cross country heads on to state
At the District 5-6 B cross country race at Wenatchee, the Raider boys' team placed second overall which means they are all moving on to Pasco this Saturday for the state championships.
On the girls' side, Ashley Palmer and Alexia Hanway will move on to Pasco after placing in the top five at Wenatchee.
Ray Yazzie continues to lead the Raiders, being first across the line and 14th overall with the time of 18 minutes, 18 seconds.
Dominick Cotton was the second Raider across and 15th overall in 18:39.
Brandon Desautel came across third for the Raiders, 17th overall, with a season-best time of 19:01. Coltin Williams was right at his heels for 18th overall, in 19:05. Robert George was the fifth Raider at the finish, taking 24th overall with the time of 19:59.
Jerry Palmer ran a career personal record taking 26th overall in 20:08. Daniel Campobasso was the seventh Raider across the finish line, taking 31st in 20:57.
Head Coach Gary Darnold liked the split time between first and seventh. "We had our top five runners within 1:30 of each other and top seven within 2:30, which is a very strong team run, and that was the reason for their success earning a trip to state this Saturday."
Ashley Palmer took second in the girls' race, finishing in 21:30. Palmer is going to the state competition in her first-ever season of cross country. Alexia Hanway ran a season-best time on her way to a fourth-place finish to qualify for state. Hanway finished in 22:47.
Clare Castrodale ran a 26:25 to finish 12th overall.
Will Friedlander and Zach Erickson ran in the JV race at Wenatchee.
Friedlander ran a career PR for second place with the time of 22:46. Erickson finished third in 23:02, his season best.
"District was the first race we had our entire boys' team in action together and it showed," Coach Darnold said. "Our runners are peaking just at the right time, coming together with pushing hard during races to get that little extra out of themselves."
This Saturday at Pasco, the girls will run first at 10 a.m. The varsity 7 boys will run at 11:30 a.m.
The WIAA/Dairy Farmers Of Washington/Les Schwab Tires Boys and Girls State Cross Country Championships are at the Sun Willows Golf Course again, which is off highway 12 at the north end of Pasco.