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Weary Bickleton High runners hold their own at invite

QUINCY - The 1B Bickleton High School boys cross-country team ran on only two days rest at the Quincy Invitational this past Saturday, but still put in a strong effort.

Junior Peter Clinton finished the 3.1 mile course in 28th place with a time of 18:42. Coach Darrell Lang says that after his huge effort at Thursday's meet competing against Riverside Christian High School's Dusty Bender, Clinton "did not seem to have it in him on Saturday, but with rest and new focus he will respond to the challenge the next time the two meet."

The top runner at the varsity level on Saturday, in a field of 60 runners, was Nick Lumetta of Tri-Cities Prep, coming in at exactly 17:00, with Grant Kallstrom of Ephrata only four seconds back.

At the JV level on Saturday, the Pirates put in a better showing with eighth grader Troy Roberts coming in 9th place with a time of 19:31, ninth grader Brandon Berk in at 15th place with a time of 20:13 and eighth grader Kane Lowe in 18th place with time of 20:32.

The field of 73 JV race runners was led around the grass course by senior Zach Whetstone of Ephrata, who finished with a time of 18:27. His teammate, freshman Gavin Barnes, came in two seconds behind him.

Other Bickleton finishers were junior Joshua Cummings, who finished 58th in the varsity field with a time of 22:14, freshman Michael Underwood, who finished 57th in the JV field with a time of 23:58 and junior Christian Mittring, who finished 73rd in the JV field with a time of 39:59.

"Two meets, Young Group activities and hard workouts equals tired legs," said coach Lang. "We are looking forward to less grueling ones."

Bickleton did not field a girl's team on Saturday, but the combined varsity/JV meet was won by Kacey Kemper of King's High School in Seattle with a time of 20:11.

Bickleton's next meet is the Prosser invitational on Saturday, Oct 15.

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