PASCO - Senior Nathan Gonzalez turned in the sixth fastest time in the boys 5,000-meter varsity race at last Saturday's Pasco Bulldog Cross-Country Invitational.
Coupled with a "Top 20" finish from Sunnyside teammate Reyes Cuevas, also a senior, the Grizzlies earned third-place honors in team scoring from a field of nine 2A, 3A and 4A schools.
Sunnyside's girls, led by sophomores Kayla Gonzalez and Betsy Reynoso, placed fifth as a team in the seven-school field for 2A, 3A and 4A schools.
Grandview's boys brought up the rear in team scoring for 2A, 3A and 4A schools. Freshman Samuel Cuevas had the fastest time for the Greyhounds in the varsity race, placing 33rd overall from the 89-runner field with a clocking of 19:11.
The boys varsity race winner proved to be junior Seth Deal from Waitsburg High School. He sped around the 5,000-meter course, consisting of rolling hills with gravel and grass pathways, in a time of 16:21. Waitsburg, a class B school, did not field enough runners to be scored in the team standings.
Deal enjoyed a 12-second cushion over the runner-up, Cody Edwards of East Valley/Spokane, who finished in 16:33.
Sunnyside's top finisher in the boys varsity race, Gonzalez, was sixth across the finish line. He clocked a time of 17:23, just three seconds short of claiming a "Top 5" finish.
Second in for the Grizzlies was Cuevas. He placed 19th overall in a time of 18:30. Also competing for the Sunnyside boys squad were senior Omar Cantu, 27th place in 18:49; senior Eric Espindola, 35th place in 19:15; junior Audiel Sanchez, 61st place in 20:04; and junior Alvin Lopez, 66th place in 20:19.
Finishing ahead of the third-place Grizzlies in the boys team scoring for the larger schools were East Valley/Spokane with 35 points and Chiawana High School with 81 points. Sunnyside totaled 91 points. Placing fourth through ninth in the 2A, 3A, 4A division were Pullman (106), Pasco (124), Othello (146), Hanford (149), Moses Lake (157) and Grandview (175).
The Sunnyside girls were fifth with 123 points in the 2A, 3A, 4A division, which drew seven squads that could field full teams. University High School won the girls team scoring title with a meet-low 19 points.
Individually in the girls varsity 5,000-meter race, Colfax senior Morgan Willson turned in the top time. She sped to a clocking of 18:20, more than two minutes quicker than the next closest finisher.
The sophomore Gonzalez was Sunnyside's top finisher in the girls varsity race. She placed 27th overall from a field of 98 runners in a time of 23:41. Two spots back in 29th place was Gonzalez's teammate, Reynoso, who posted a time of 23:51.
Also competing for the Sunnyside girls squad in the 5,000-meter varsity run were sophomore Aidee Cisneros, 49th place in 25:54; sophomore Griselda Diaz, 56th place in 26:40; and sophomore Fabiola Equihua, 72nd place in 28:51.
Grandview had just one girl make the trek to Pasco last Saturday, that being freshman Marlen Rojas-Gonzalez. She elected not to compete in the varsity race, instead signing up for the two-mile run. Rojas-Gonzalez placed second in that competition with a clocking of 16:14. The winning time was 14:29, posted by another freshman from the west side of the state.
Grandview's boys, led by the 33rd place finish from the freshman Cuevas in the 5,000-meter varsity race, also got a 42nd place clocking of 19:34 from sophomore Jose Velasquez. The Greyhounds, too, got performances from junior Ceasar Orduno, 56th place in 19:59; sophomore Carlos Ochoa, 68th place in 20:34; and from junior Edwardo Alcantar, 75th place in 21:13.
In the two-mile boys race, Grandview's top finisher from the field of 26 runners was freshman Brendon Lynch-McGhan. He clocked a time of 13:23 for 14th place honors. Ki-Be senior Kyle Brightman won the shorter race in a time of 10:59. Grandview freshman Ulysesq Osuna managed a 16th place finish in 14:41. The Greyhounds had three other runners competing in the shorter two-mile run.
Bickleton junior Peter Clinton was third in the boys two-mile race, finishing in 11:46. The Pirates, too, got a seventh-place finish from Brandon Berk (12:16).
In the boys JV 5,000-meter run, which drew a field of 94 runners, Sunnyside junior Manuel Dimas topped all comers. He breezed around the hilly course in a time of 19:23. Sunnyside, too, got fourth and fifth-place finishes from junior Daniel Guillen and Anthony Garcia, respectively, in times of 19:38 and 19:43.