ELLENSBURG - Considering it was only the second competition of the young 2005 season, the Sunnyside High School cross country team fared well this past Saturday.
Competing at the Ellensburg Invitational, Sunnyside brought home six "Top 10" finishes.
The most successful of the Grizzly runners was junior Sterling Scott, who placed fourth in the boys varsity 5K race. Scott clocked an 18:44, just 39 seconds back of the winner-Isak Bergman of the host Bulldogs (18:05).
Grizzly teammate Gracen Gonzalez also earned a Top 10 finish in the boys varsity race. He placed eighth in a time of 19 minutes and 7 seconds.
In the varsity girls 5K race, Britany Messmore of Sunnyside sped to a seventh place finish. She had a time of 22:26. The winner, Alyssa Powers of Goldendale, clocked a meet best 20:36.
Three other Sunnyside girls, competing in the JV two-mile race, also garnered Top 10 finishes. They included Angelica Ruiz, fourth in 17:53; Julie Wedam, fifth in 18:41; and Angelina Fernandez, eighth in 19:18. The JV girls race winner was Elsa Ruiz of Wapato (16:55).
The varsity boys team from Sunnyside ended up in sixth place in the eight-team standings. The Grizzlies tallied 113 points. The host Bulldogs won the boys team title with 46 points.
In the varsity girls race, Sunnyside fielded an imcomplete team. Cashmere won the girls team title.
Also competing for Sunnyside at the Ellensburg Invite were: (boys 5K) Jacob Rogers, 34th in 20:23; Gilberto Villalobos, 43rd in 20:57; Juan Gonzalez, 45th in 21:01; Sam Bardell, 50th in 21:23; Zeke Galvan, 68th in 22:27; Andrew Swinehart, 71st in 22:41; and Dane Schmick, 77th in 23:52; (boys 2-mile) Mathew Martinez, 18th in 15:12; David Salmeron, 19th in 15:14; Danny Negrete, 20th in 15:27; Tristan Abbott, 33rd in 16:54; and Alexander Badger, 37th in 17:15; (girls 5K) Alyson Waddle, 35th in 26:05 and Kelsea Means, 45th in 27:50; (girls 2-mile) Celeste Salinas, 11th in 20:13; Sara Sanchez, 14th in 21:04; and Amanda Graham, 15th in 21:30.