GOLDENDALE – A pair of Bickleton High School sophomores – Troy Roberts and Andrew Gannon – were among the first 10 runners to cross the finish line at a cross-country meet hosted by the Goldendale Timberwolves yesterday afternoon (Thurs-day).
A total of 61 harriers competed in the three-mile boys race.
The Royal City Knights, who won top team honors at the five-school meet yesterday, claimed the first five finishing spots. Senior Marcos Quiroz led the Royal City contingent, speeding to the victory with a clocking of 16:55. His teammate, junior Riley Lefler, was well back in the second-place spot with a clocking of 17:47.
After Royal City’s J.J. Jimenez, Victor Garcia and Nathan Perdue crossed the finish line, next across was Roberts in sixth place. The Bickleton Pirate recorded a time of 18:06.
Gannon earned a ‘Top 10’ placing, as well, finishing with the ninth fastest time on the day (18:33).
Team-wise, Bickleton posted the third lowest score Thursday, tallying 91 points. Royal City was first with 15 points, Connell second with 69. Trailing the third-place Pirates in the team scoring were Yakama Nation Tribal with 102 points and host Goldendale with 108.
All told, Bickleton put six runners on the three-mile course yesterday. Besides Roberts and Gannon, the Pirates were represented by junior Joey Cardenas, who placed 25th in 20:13; freshman Joseph Cummings, who placed 38th in 21:50; freshman Kenny Allenton, who placed 43rd in 22:44; and eighth grader Cody Allenton, who placed 56th in 25:34.
In yesterday’s girls race, only 19 runners competed. Bickleton had no entries in the competition. The winner proved to be Royal City freshman Caitlin Diaz, who clocked a time of 22:16.