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Rogers leads Grizzly harriers at Hanford Jamboree

RICHLAND - It won't count in the official league records, but the Sunnyside High School cross country team displayed a promising start to the new season at last Friday's Hanford Jamboree.

Jacob Rogers led Sunnyside with a fourth-place finish in a time of 11:07, an improvement of 30 seconds from his time during last year's Hanford Jamboree.

Besides Rogers, the Grizzlies had three other runners place in the top-15 in the boys race, which fielded 54 athletes. Sunnyside's Jordan Esqueda was 13th with a time of 11:38 and Gracen Gonzalez was 15th in 11:41.

Rounding out the top five for the Sunnyside boys were Patrick Watts in 29th with a time of 12:42 and Kennedy Sarmiento in 32nd place with a clocking of 12:57. Coach Robin Bryson said Sarmiento's time was a full minute faster than he posted at last year's Hanford Jamboree.

Sunnyside only had one girl athlete with enough practice time to qualify for the two-mile Hanford High School event. That was Brittany Messmore, who earned 10th-place honors out of a field of 48 with a time of 13:52.

"We had some good races," Bryson said of the Sunnyside effort. "It was a nice way for the kids to get back into racing mode."

The Grizzly cross country team will hit the trail again this Saturday at the Ellensburg Invite.

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