TIETON – Eight seconds, that’s all that separated Grandview High School junior Samuel Cuevas from earning a trip to the 2A State cross-country meet.
Needing a top 10 individual finish at the District 5/6 meet this past Saturday to move on to State, Cuevas came up just a hair short.
He posted the 13th fastest time from the 67-runner field, clocking a time of 16:50.5 on the three-mile Apple Ridge course in Tieton. Grabbing the 10th and final individual berth to the State meet was East Valley junior Konner Sauve. He finished in 16:42.1.
The boys race winner at District proved to be Selah junior Matthew Schrenk. He enjoyed an approximate 13-second cushion over his nearest competitor, finishing in 15:51.6. West Valley junior Setty Pryor was the runner-up (16:04.8).
Besides the extremely strong performance of Cuevas, Grandview received a 33rd-place effort from sophomore Carlos Granados. He clocked a time of 17:43.8. The Greyhounds also notched the 50th and 51st fastest times on the day, thanks to senior Jose Velasquez (18:44.5) and junior Sabastian Raucamp (18:44.7).
In Saturday’s girls race at District, also a three-mile affair, Grandview had only two runners at its disposal – both sophomores. Cynthia DeRobles posted the fastest time for Grandview, placing 33rd from the 51-runner field in a time of 22:50.3. Teammate Keanna Maki finished 44th with a clocking of 26:27.1.
West Valley junior Emily Knud-son handily won the girls race, posting a time of 19:07.5. Well back in second place was Selah freshman Maggie Rees (19:39.1).