WENATCHEE - Bickleton's cross country runners headed to Walla Walla Point State Park for their District meet yesterday and the Pirates came away celebrating.
The Bickleton runners had taken some time off to train and rest before heading to Districts, but after a "poor outing" at the Prosser meet earlier this month, Lang admits he was nervous for his runners before heading to Wenatchee.
"But I really felt like that was the way to go," he said of the down time, and the results speak for themselves.
Christina Wilson, the team's illustrious and only female runner, finished the 3-mile course in 21:55.47, claiming fifth place honors and qualifying for State. Coach Lang could not be more pleased with her run.
"She's been real consistent and a pleasure to coach," he said.
Oroville ninth grader Sierra Speiker claimed first place honors in the 1B/2B varsity race with an 18:53.23 time.
Meanwhile, the rest of the Bickleton runners all managed to set personal records.
Bickleton sophomore Taylor Brown finished the 1B/2B boys race in 18:17.09 with a sixth place finish and will head to State with Wilson.
Lang said that Brown outran two Riverside Christian runners (Justin Odman and Marshall Travis) that he had struggled against in the past.
Liberty Bell freshman Liam Daily came away with first place honors and a 17:32.8 time.
Bickleton eighth grader Brandon Berk also qualified for State with a ninth place finish (18:49.1) that was a pleasant surprise for Lang. Berk has been a consistently strong runner but really stepped it up for this run.
Lang says he tells his runners to "be your best when it counts" and Berk did just that.
Sophomore Joshua Cummings of Bickleton did not qualify for State but finished 23rd out of 33 competitors yesterday, clocking in at 20:53.95 and claiming a personal record.
Lang says that Cummings has proven capable of real improvement.
"He's moving up the ladder."