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Clinton leads BHS harriers on Apple Ridge 3-mile course

COWICHE - The 1B Bickleton High School boys cross-country team got a 12th place individual finish from junior Peter Clinton yesterday.

Competing at a 1A SCAC league meet hosted by the Highland Scotties on Apple Ridge's 3-mile course, Clinton sped around the mostly grassy track in a time of 18:03. Clinton finished slightly more than 45 seconds ahead of the next Pirate to cross the finish line, which proved to be teammate Roberts Troy, an eighth grader.

Thursday afternoon's 1A league meet drew teams from host Highland, Royal City, Cle Elum and Zillah. The Bickleton Pirates, although they hail from a class 1B school, were given the opportunity to compete against the larger schools because there are no other 1B schools in their region that field cross-country squads.

Yesterday's boys race drew a field of 67 harriers. The course they ran on is primarily covered with grass, although there are a few dirt trails intertwined on the layout. The course, too, is mainly flat but there are a couple of short climbs that must be traversed by the runners.

The top three finishers in the boys race hit the end of the run within 12 seconds of one another. Royal City's Marcos Quiroz, a sophomore, navigated the relatively quick-paced course in the fastest time, a clocking of 16:49. The runner-up, Zillah sophomore Zach Collins, was five seconds behind him in a time of 16:54. Highland junior Jack Espinoza crossed the finish line next, seven seconds behind Collins with a clocking of 17:01.

There was a 25-second spread between the third-place finishing Espinoza and the next closest finisher.

Clinton, in earning a 12th place individual finish for Bickleton, was four seconds off the pace of a 'Top 10' finish.

The second highest finishing Pirate harrier, the eighth grader Troy, came in with 28th place honors from the 67-runner field with a clocking of 18:52.

The five other Bickleton runners who competed included freshman Brandon Berk, 29th place in 19:04; eighth grader Kane Lowe, 33rd place in 19:10; junior Joshua Cummings, 51st place in 21:05; freshman Michael Underwood, 61st place in 23:24; and junior Christian Mittring, last place in 40:07.

Bickleton had no runners at its disposal for yesterday's 3-mile girls race, which was won by Highland senior Olivia Newman in a time of 20:34.

The Bickleton cross-country team is next scheduled to compete this coming Saturday at the Quincy Invitational.

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