TOPPENISH - Grandview's Cordero Cisneros and Brittnee Sanchez were never seriously challenged enroute to winning the boys and girls races yesterday at the Toppenish Cross Country Invitational.
Running on the flat, 5000-meter Mt. Adams Country Club course, the two Greyhound harriers sped to easy victories. Cisneros won by a nearly 20-second margin over the boys runner-up, and Sanchez came in 12 seconds ahead of her closest competitor.
Grandview High School Coach Jim Pillers said Cisneros wasn't really pushed by anyone in the boys race.
"He went out hard and led from start to finish," Pillers said. "Cordero wasn't very happy with his time. He said he had trouble with his footing."
Cisneros clocked a time of 17 minutes and 26 seconds in winning the race. Cashmere's John Gasbar was a distant second with a clocking of 17:45. They were the only two runners who ran sub 18-minute times.
Cashmere claimed the boys team title at the Toppenish invite by placing six of its harriers in the "Top 10." Cashmere tallied a meet low 26 points. Grandview's boys finished in sixth place from the 11-team field. The only other Greyhound to crack the "Top 20" at yesterday's meet was Darin Naylor, who clocked a 19:57 to claim 20th place honors.
Zillah, behind Adolfo Blanco's 11th place finish (18:51) and David Schann's 13th place finish (19:15), totaled 80 points to grab second place honors in the boys team standings. Wapato was third with 84 points, with Jim Smiscon leading the way for the Wolfpack with a seventh place individual finish (18:25). Kiona-Benton earned fourth place team honors with 135 points. The Bears' Chris Clouse was their top finisher, placing 14th in a time of 19:16. Toppenish, behind Tyler Story's 15th place individual finish (19:22), was fifth in the team standings with 148 points. Grandview was sixth with 162 points.
On the girls side, Sanchez jumped out to the early lead and refused to relinquish it. Connell's Christianne Casper, who placed fifth at last year's 2A State cross country meet, tried staying with Sanchez, but faltered down the stretch.
"Brittnee stayed anywhere from 10 or 20 yards in front of Casper to as much as 100 yards," said Pillers. "The Connell girl ran with Brittnee for the first half mile, but it was all Brittnee after that."
In the end, Sanchez hit the finish line with a 20:47 clocking. Casper clocked a 20:59 for second place honors. The third place finisher in the girls race, Zillah's Adrianna Mendoza, was far back of the top two finishers, recording a time of 22:16.
The Lady Greyhounds did not field a complete team. Zillah won the girls team title.