PROSSER - Bickleton High School junior Peter Clinton earned a 12th place finish in an 86-runner cross-country race staged yesterday on the 5,000-meter Art Fiker Stadium course in Prosser.
The Bickleton Pirates were the only 1B school competing at the 2A league meet. BHS Coach Darrell Lang said meet officials did not score the Pirates in the team tallies, but added Prosser has been very open to letting his team run at its meets. "We appreciate that as it is great for our preparation for the end of season meets," he said.
In placing 12th individually Thursday afternoon, Clinton recorded a time of 19:59. Lang said Clinton paced himself well throughout the race.
The best clocking in yesterday's boys race came from Quincy's Victor Salgado. He had the winning time of 18:53. That was nine seconds quicker than the runner-up clocking of 19:02, set by East Valley's Marcus Lopez.
Making his season debut for Bickleton yesterday was eighth grader Troy Roberts. Surprisingly, the underclassman was the second Pirate to cross the finish line, clocking a time of 20:50, good for 20th place honors overall.
Lang said it was a great start to the eighth grader's high school cross-country career.
Also competing for Bickleton on Thursday were freshman Brandon Berk, 28th place in 21:28; eighth grader Kane Lowe, 43rd place in 22:18; junior Joshua Cummings, 61st place in 24:43; and junior Christian Mittring, 86th place in 43:22.
Bickleton had no runners for Thursday's girls race. The girls race winner proved to be Katrina Radach of East Valley (23:04).
Bickleton's cross-country team is out of action until next Thursday, when the Pirates will run at Zillah.