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Grandview freshman battles Wapato runner for top honors

WAPATO - Grandview High School freshman Samuel Cuevas might have turned in his best performance of the fall yesterday.

The GHS underclassman, as well as the rest of the Greyhound cross-country team, was competing at a 2A CWAC league meet in Wapato against the host Wolfpack, Othello and Prosser.

But it was the freshman Cuevas and Wapato senior Hector Mendoza who stole the spotlight. The two harriers separated themselves from the 29-runner varsity field and went tit-for-tat to claim top bragging rights.

In the end the senior Mendoza, perhaps taking advantage of a little home course knowledge on the 3-mile track, edged out in front and clipped the 'Hound for top honors, finishing in 17:25. Cuevas wasn't far back, though, securing second-place honors with a clocking of 17:36.

The next closest finisher was a full 14 seconds behind Cuevas, Wapato sophomore Victor Ruvalcaba. He finished in a time of 17:50.

Cuevas wasn't the only Greyhound who managed to claim a 'Top 10' finish Thursday afternoon. Grandview teammate Jose Velasquez, a sophomore, sped to the eighth fastest clocking on the day, finishing in 18:43.

The other Greyhounds who competed in the boys varsity race were junior Ceasar Orduno, 12th place in 19:07; sophomore Carlos Ochoa, 17th place in 19:31; senior Mario Prieto, 25th place in 20:26; senior Edwin Puebla, 26th place in 20:37; and freshman Ulysesq Osuna, last place in 22:09.

Grandview Coach Jim Pillers said it was a great race for most the team, and there were lots of personal bests.

Meet officials, as of this morning, hadn't yet compiled yesterday's team results.

The one and only girl representing Grandview at the Wapato meet on Thursday was freshman Marlen Rojas-Gonzalez. She earned a 14th place finish from the 22-runner varsity field, finishing in a time of 26:04. Yesterday's girls race winner was Prosser's Kolby Childers with a clocking of 20:06.

The Grandview cross-country team is out of action until next Thursday, Oct. 13, when the 'Hounds will travel to Ellensburg for another CWAC league meet.

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