SELAH - Grandview's Brittnee Sanchez and Cordero Cisneros took different routes in qualifying for this year's 2A State cross country meet.
Sanchez, just a sophomore, won the District girls race at Selah this past Saturday to stamp herself as one of the favorites at the Nov. 6 State meet in Pasco.
Cisneros, on the other hand, definitely didn't run his best race of the season on Saturday. Still, the Grandview High School senior garnered a fifth place finish at District, which easily advances him to State.
The top 20 individual finishers in both the boys and girls races at District, as well as the top four finishing teams, earned the right to move on to the State meet.
In winning the District girls race, on Selah's formidable three-mile course, Sanchez never really got pushed by the competition. The Grandview sophomore bested the second place finisher, Ephrata's Kaye Lynn Joachins, by a full 20 seconds. Sanchez hit the finish line in 19 minutes and 21 seconds.
The only other Grandview girl competing Saturday was Sandra Romero. She clocked a 24:29 in earning 39th place individual honors.
The East Valley Red Devils won the District girls team title. They, along with the second through fourth place finishing girls teams of Chelan, Ephrata and Ki-Be qualified for the State meet.
In the boys race Saturday, Ephrata's Eric Burck ran away from the field, placing first with a clocking of 16:47. Chelan, Cashmere, East Valley and Ephrata finished first through fourth, respectively, in the boys team standings, and all four squads qualified for State.
Individually, Cisneros placed fifth and will represent Grandview at State this coming Saturday. He turned a time of 17:14 in earning the right to move on.
Grandview Coach Jim Pillers said Cisneros should have fared much better, but his senior didn't enter the District race as prepared as he should have been. He explained that Cisneros took part in a very physical PE class a couple days earlier, which left the senior extremely sore.
The Grandview boys team's next highest individual finisher at District was Darrin Naylor, who placed 38th overall in a time of 18:40.