COWICHE - Freshman Jordan Esqueda and junior Brittany Messmore, both Sunnyside harriers, posted record runs this past Saturday on Highland High School's three-mile Horseshoe cross country course.
The Sunnyside boys team, coupled with second and third place finishes from Sterling Scott and Gracen Gonzalez on Highland's 5K Smudgepot Loop, earned a first place finish at the Apple Ridge Invite.
A total of 10 schools competed Saturday. The Grizzly boys, with an invite-low 27 team points, edged Selah by four points for top honors.
On the girls side, Sunnyside placed seventh with 85 points. Selah's Lady Vikes won the girls team title with 30 points.
In setting a boys course record on the Horseshoe course, the freshman Esqueda toured the three-mile terrain in a time of 16 minutes, 51 seconds. What made the record run even more impressive was that he was able to do so without really being pushed. The second place finisher, teammate J.T. Gonzalez, was a full 35 seconds back of Esqueda.
Messmore also won going away in setting the new girls record on the Horseshoe. She completed the race in a time of 19:47. That clocking was a full minute and three seconds ahead of second place finishing Jenna Winterfeld of Selah.
In Saturday's 5K Smudgepot Loop run, the runner-up Scott clocked an 18:26, 24 seconds back of the winner, Selah's Steven Schramm. Scott's Sunnyside teammate, G. Gonzalez, placed third with an 18:43 clocking.
Saturday's Figure-8 run winner for the boys, over a three-mile course, was Selah's T.J. Hesselgesser. He and teammate Nate Lynch finished one second apart, clocking times of 17:31 and 17:32. Sunnyside's Gilberto Villalobos (18:02), Dane Schmick (18:07) and Zeke Galvan (18:20) finished in fifth through seventh place. Also in that race, Sunnyside's Kennedy Sarmiento garnered a 10th place finish with a clocking of 18:39.
In the one other race Saturday, on the regular three-mile course, Jacob Rogers of Sunnyside placed second from among the boys with a clocking of 16:41. He was edged by Royal City's Luke Tonnemaker (16:18). Matthew Omlin of Sunnyside placed sixth in a time of 18:00.
Bickleton's cross country squads also competed at the Highland invite Saturday. The Pirates' top performer was Danielle Raschko, the winner on the flight two, three-mile course. Raschko sped to a clocking of 21:18, 20 seconds faster than her closest competitor.
Raschko's 21:18 clocking was a minute and two seconds quicker than the time she posted last Tuesday on the same course.
Bickleton's Junior Hernandez, competing on the same course as Raschko, placed fourth from among the boys in a time of 17:38. That mark was a minute and 20 seconds back of the winner, Royal City's Tonnemaker.