SELAH - Grandview's Brittney Sanchez and Cordero Cisneros turned in top-notch efforts this past Saturday to open the 2004 prep cross country season.
Competing at the Selah Invitational, the Greyhound duo notched finishes of first and fifth, respectively.
Sanchez won a competitive girls race, edging Courtney Matthew of Hazen High School by four seconds. Kayelynn Joachins of Ephrata came in six seconds behind Matthew for third place honors.
Cisneros cruised to a fifth place finish in the boys race. He clocked a 17:21, just 33 seconds behind the winner-Hazen's Jonathan Argyle, who posted a time of 16:48.
Both, the boys and girls races were staged on Selah's three-mile course. It features two hills, which runners must traverse a total of six times.
Hazen High School of Renton won the boys team title, garnering an invite low 60 points. Besides Argyle's first place showing, Hazen received two "Top 10" finishes from Jamion Botch, eighth in 17:47; and from Mike Van Neuland, 10th in 18:04.
East Valley, a member of the class 2A Central Washington Athletic Conference as is Grandview, placed second in the boys standings with 81 points. The Greyhounds were far back in the boys team standings with 232 points. East Valley's top finisher was Kellen Hopkins, the 11th place finisher in a time of 18:08.
Cisneros was the only Greyhound who challenged the leaders in the boys race. He was only six seconds behind the fourth place finisher, Ellensburg's Joe Darda, and just 13 seconds back of Toppenish's Adrian Ramirez, the third place finisher. Gary Lorance of Selah earned runner-up honors in the race with a clocking of 16:59.
Grandview had six other runners competing in the boys race Saturday. They included Darren Naylor (20:37), Robert Barajas (21:40), Marco Diaz (22:16), Kris Nielson (22:42), Nick McCullum (23:30) and Noel Bush (26:22).
In the girls race, it proved to be a four-person show for top honors.
"Brittney ran with three other girls," Grandview Coach Jim Pillers said of Sanchez's performance. "But she ran away from the pack the last 800 meters."
The Grandview sophomore clocked a 20:10 in winning the race. The second through fourth place finishers had times ranging from 20:14 to 20:44.
Sanchez is looking to repeat or better her postseason performances from last season. As a freshman and competing at the class 3A level, she won the girls District title and went on to place fourth at State. This year's postseason run will come at the class 2A level, as Grandview's high school enrollment dropped below the 3A line.
In last Saturday's JV races at Selah, Caylen Nelson of Grandview posted a time of 22:06 on the boys side, and the Greyhounds' Sandra Romero clocked a 28:18 in the girls race.
The next competition of the season for the 'Hounds is this coming Saturday at the Prosser Invitational.