PASCO - A week after running a less than spectacular District meet race, Grandview cross country runner Cordero Cisneros had the crowd this past Saturday at Sun Willows Golf Course thinking for a while he might just come away with the State 2A title.
But the problem for the Grandview senior at State was that he just put a little too much into the start of the race, which left him needing a bit of boost at the finish line.
Cisneros ran out of steam towards the last leg of the three-mile course to grab a ninth place finish in a time of 16:43. Cisneros tied with Alex Croutworst of King's for ninth place honors in a very competitive field. Croutworst ended up being awarded an eighth place finish.
Ephrata senior Eric Burck ran an extremely intelligent race on Saturday, pulling away from the pack towards the end to win the State title in a clocking of 16:16. Burck had placed eighth at State as a junior, running the rugged Sun Willows course in a time of 16:47.
Burck was seven seconds ahead of Pullman senior Pawel Szafruga, who took runner-up honors Saturday.
East Valley of Yakima won the 2A boys team title with 109 points, easily outdistancing the runner-up, Lakewood (125 points).
The top 12 runners were so close at the finish that a mere eight seconds separated the fifth place finisher, Nicholas Peters of Toppenish (16:41), and the 12th place finisher, David Jacob of Medical Lake (16:49). Jeff Wastradowski of Castle Rock rounded out the field of 137 runners with a time of 20:57.
Cisneros burst out of the gates early, as he was able to pull ahead, running on the outside. Cisneros ran a very strong race, as he was able to position himself in the top three for more than half the race. Cisneros took the lead for a bit around the mile marker.
"He absolutely did everything I ask of him," said Grandview Coach Jim Pillers.