CHENEY - The Bickleton Pirates had disappointing results at the Regional cross country meet, which was held in Cheney this past Saturday, thereby ending their 2007 season.
"We leave the 2007 (season) a little disappointed, but look back at it with a lot of pride as the mighty Pirates gave it their all when the gun was fired," said Bickleton Coach Darrel Lang.
In the boys' race, sophomore Junior Hernandez finished 14th in 17:32. Odessa's Matt Conrath finished first in 16:01.
"Junior went out in 5:41 for the first mile, then struggled to gain back ground as he worked his way up to 14th," said Lang. "We didn't want him to go out too fast, but he should have been closer to 5:35, and in this competitive of a race, the slow start was too much to overcome."
Bickleton's Patrick Maeder finished 32nd in 18:58. Teammates Edgar Molina and James Rasmussen finished 66th and 69th, respectively. Lang noted that Molina was battling illness during the run.
Lady Pirate Danielle Raschko was just on the heels of a bad cold. "She looked good at the first mile mark, running a strong 6:30 in about 10th place, but after that, the cold she had been battling the last few days caught up to her."
Raschko finished 14th in 22 minutes. Northwest Christian runner Lisa Vandenburg finished first in 18:36.
Lang said that knowing Raschko, she'll use the disappointment to fuel her workouts and preparation for Regionals in 2008.
Raschko's teammate, freshman runner Christina Wilson, was also battling a cold.
"Christina was also fighting the cold bug, but gave it her all and finished a respectable 28th for her first Regional meet; she had a really good first year running cross country," said Lang.