ELLENSBURG - Grandview High School defending 2A State cross country champion Britnee Sanchez is off to a slow start this season. The stand-out runner at last year's state meet was only able to claim a third place finish in the Greyhounds' season opener held in Ellensburg this past Saturday.
Sanchez, who finished the Ellensburg Invitational meet with a time of 21:47, was well behind race leader Alyssa Powers of Goldendale. Powers, who led the cross country runners the whole way, crossed the finish line in a time of 20:26 in the nine-school meet. Finishing in second place was Granger's Endi Lloyd with a time of 21:23.
Saying Saturday's meet was a wake-up call for Sanchez, Greyhound cross country coach Jim Pillar said Sanchez was a little sluggish in her first competition.
"She'll be working hard in practice this week," he said.
The Grandview High School cross county team had only four of its nine members running in Saturday's cross country event.
Grandview High School boys junior varsity runner Spencer Blanshan had the best showing for the boys squad, placing 15th in the field. Varsity runners Marco Diaz was 42nd and Shay Seimour was well back in the crowd finishing in 72nd place.
Pillars said the Greyhounds cross country squad will practice hard this week in preparation for an invitational Saturday, Sept. 17, at Prosser's Fiker Stadium.