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GHS harriers' season comes to a close

COWICHE - Despite personal best times by three of its five runners, Grandview High School's cross-country team saw its season come to an end last Saturday at the CWAC and GNL 2A Regional Championships, staged at the three-mile Apple Ridge course in Cowiche.

State meet berths were on the line at Regionals, but none of the Greyhound harriers finished high enough to move on.

The best the Grandview boys squad could muster was a 55th place finish from a field of 84 harriers. It was junior Alex Soberanes who crossed the finish line first for the 'Hounds, running to a personal best clocking of 18:02.9.

Also setting personal records for Grandview in the Regional race were freshman Carlos Granados, who placed 63rd in a time of 18:29.3, and senior Juan Sanchez, who despite finishing last established his fastest ever clocking with a time of 22:17.0.

Also competing for the Grandview boys at Regionals were junior Jose Velasquez, 67th place (18:42.5) ; and senior Fernando Serna, 83rd place (20:34.1).

GHS Coach Jim Pillers said his harriers posted lots of great times. Not advancing anyone to State, he said, is frustrating, "...but it was a good season."

The top boys team at Regionals proved to be Deer Park with a meet-low 37 points. Cheney placed second with 52 points. Selah, third with 68 points, was the top finishing CWAC team at Regionals. Grandview, with its team score of 337 points, brought up the rear in 12th place.

Individually, Deer Park senior Daniel Amann posted the fastest time this past Saturday, a clocking of 15:31.5. East Valley of Spokane sophomore Scott Kopczynski and Colville junior Kevin Carpenter gave Amann a run for his money, placing second and third, respectively, with clockings of 15:34.4 and 15:34.6.

The top finisher from the CWAC in Saturday's Regional race was Selah senior Matt Schwittay, fifth overall in a time of 15:49.6.

Grandview had no entries in Saturday's Regional race for girls. The winning time of 19:09.0 was set by West Valley of Yakima's Kaili Keefe.

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