COWICHE - Bickleton's lone female cross country contender, Danielle Raschko, led the way for three-quarters of the course at the Apple Ridge Run in Cowiche Tuesday before being overtaken by Kaitlyn Yamane of Warden.
Raschko set a pace of around seven minutes a mile, while a pack of Warden runners, including Yamane and her twin sister, followed by about 20 seconds. With just 1,000 meters to go, Yamane kicked out strong in a last ditch, successful effort to catch Raschko.
Raschko clocked in at 22:22, 11 seconds behind the victor.
"Danielle went out very determined. Last fall she lost the last place to go to state to Kaitlyn's sister, Brithey, at the district race in Cle Elum, but did beat her in yesterday's race," said Pirate Coach Darrel Lang.
"Now all Danielle needs to do is beat both sisters on the same day," he added.
Raschko's time was an all time PR for her.
Yesterday's meet, hosted by Highland High School, brought together runners from Cle Elum, Highland, Warden and Bickleton.
Junior Hernandez, Bickleton High School's ninth grade whiz kid in cross country, placed second at the meet, running his race in 17:45, good, but not good enough to overtake Michael Greene of Cle Elum, who finished in 17:38.
"Junior was in a stride-for-stride race most of the course with Greene," said Coach Lang. "At the first half-mile, Carlos Landeros of Warden was also in the hunt, but fell back by the first mile, leaving Junior and Greene to battle it out."
The race was decided in the last 800 meters as Greene pulled away to take the victory.
"It was a great race for Junior as he was pushed the whole way. Last Saturday, Junior ran away with the JV race, so, didn't have anyone to run with," said Lang.
Other Bickleton Pirates racing yesterday were Patrick Maeder, who placed 12th in the pack in 21:32; Orion Yoesle, 16th in 21:51; James Rasmussen, 23rd in 24:12; and Jared Spalding, 27th in 26:38.
"Orion set a new PR for a three-mile course, and newcomer Patrick ran to a strong 12th place finish," noted Lang.
Bickleton's next cross country meet will be Saturday, Sept. 23, again at Cowiche, but will be a larger invite, known as the Apple Ridge Run Invite, which starts at 10 a.m.