PROSSER - Both, the Sunnyside and Grandview high school cross country squads turned in notable performances at this past Saturday's Prosser Invitational.
On the girls side, Grandview sophomore Brittnee Sanchez raced to a first place finish (19:12). She bested the next closest finisher by more than 30 seconds. Sunnyside's top finisher in the girls race was Ariel Garza, who clocked a 20:49 to place eighth.
Sunnyside senior Brenden Scott earned a "Top 5" finish in the boys race, clocking a fourth best 15:55. Cordero Cisneros of Grandview placed seventh in a time of 16:06. Nectaly Barbosa of the host Prosser team won the boys race in a time of 15:27.
The Hanford Falcons won the boys team title at the Prosser invite. They tallied a team low 63 points. Hanford's best finish came from Peter Littlefield, sixth in a time of 16:04. Sunnyside placed seventh in the boys team standings with 171 points. Grandview was 10th with 225 points.
Besides Scott earning fourth place individual honors in the boys race, Sunnyside got a 21st place finish from Cipriano Meraz. He clocked a 17:30 on the 2.9-mile course. Next in for the Grizzlies was Scott's younger brother, Sterling, 31st with a clocking of 18:01. Rounding out the Sunnyside boys team scoring were Joel Gaspar, 55th in 19:32; Gregg Burbidge, 60th in 20:21; Matthew Santoy, 61st in 20:35; and Dane Schmick, 65th in 21:13.
Cisneros was by far and away Grandview's top finisher Saturday. His seventh place time of 16:06 was more than two minutes quicker than the Greyhounds' next best finisher-Darrin Naylor, who placed 39th with a clocking of 18:28. Grandview was also represented by Robert Barajas, 57th in 19:50, Marco Diaz, 58th in 20:02, David Rodriguez, 64th in 21:06; and Calen Nelson, 66th in 21:16.
In the girls race, Sanchez was untouchable. She cruised to an easy victory, clipping the runner-up, Adriana Mendoza of Zillah, by 31 seconds.
"Brittnee was never pressed," said Grandview Coach Jim Pillers. "She controlled it from the start and went on to an easy win."
The only other girl Grandview took to the Prosser race was Sandra Romero, who clocked a 25:19 for 58th place honors.
Garza was Sunnyside's top finisher in the girls event. She placed eighth, a minute and 37 seconds behind Sanchez. Next in for the Lady Grizzlies was Mercedes Martinez, 18th in 21:38. Also competing for Sunnyside were Erica Rodriguez, 21st in 21:57; Daniela Rivera, 31st in 22:50; and Christina Fuller, 64th in 26:26.
The Sunnyside girls placed sixth in the team standings with 131 points. Zillah won the girls team title with an invite low 36 points. Three Zillah girls placed in the "Top 10," including Adriana Mendoza, who was the runner-up.