WENATCHEE – The Eisenhower Cadets, it appear, are ramping up for the postseason.
At yesterday’s final Big Nine League meet of the season, Ike dominated the cross-country competition in both the boys and girls races.
In Tuesday’s three-mile varsity race for boys in Wenatchee, senior Drew Schreiber led a five-man Cadet contingent to ‘Top 10’ finishes.
In the girls varsity race, Eisenhower – behind the efforts of senior Elise Tello - claimed three of the top four individual performances.
On the other end of the spectrum, the best Sunnyside could muster in its final meet of the regular season was a 31st-place finish from the 42-runner boys varsity field, and a 23rd-place effort in the girls varsity race, which featured 33 harriers in all.
In Sunnyside’s defense, the Grizzlies are the only 3A team in the Big Nine League. The five other schools are all 4A.
The Grizzlies will now break away from the Big Nine pack and enter postseason competition against just 3A schools. The sledding doesn’t get any easier for the Sunnyside runners, though, as their competition at Regionals the first Saturday in November will include powerhouse teams from Kennewick’s Kamiakin High School and Spokane’s North Central High School.
In the boys race yesterday in Wenatchee, senior Robert Rodriguez led Sunnyside’s seven-man contingent across the finish line. He posted a time of 18:00.26, the 31st fastest time in the 42-runner field.
The winning time was 15:08.47, posted by Schreiber. On the Cadet’s heels were Wenatchee’s Cole Christman and Sam Martin with clockings of 15:24.36 and 15:45.08, good for second and third-place honors, respectively.
The Ike trio of Ben Mahony, Gage Benner and Calvin Smith finished fourth, fifth and sixth with clockings that ranged from 15:58.65 to 16:03.71. Ike’s Spencer Stewart also nailed down a ‘Top 10’ finish, crossing the finish line with the 10th fastest time on the day (16:14.78).
The second man in for Sunnyside proved to be freshman Joe Rodriguez III. He placed 34th in a time of 18:39.37. One spot back in 35th place was another Sunnyside freshman, Griffey Sarmiento. He set a time of 18:42.09.
Sunnyside’s four other runners in the boys varsity race included senior Ignacio Portillo, 37th place in 18:55.76; junior Leo Palacios, 39th place in 19:27.31; junior Julio Gaspar, 40th place in 19:29.81; and sophomore Julian Naranjo, 41st place in 20:11.91.
The varsity girls race victory was claimed by Eastmont junior Betsy Arlt. She sped to a clocking of 18:10.49. Approximately five seconds behind her in second place was Tello, the Eisenhower senior (18:15.47). The Cadets also claimed the third and fourth place finishing spots in the race.
Sophomore Jeniya Guillen was Sunnyside’s top finisher. She maneuvered her way around the three-mile course in a time of 21:50.05, good for 23rd-place honors. Two spots behind Guillen in 25th place was Sunnyside teammate Kayla Gonzalez (22:14.85).
The Sunnyside girls team was also represented by sophomore Angela Montes, 29th place in 23:58.67; freshman Samantha Herrera, 30th place in 24:01.49; sophomore Cynthia Herrera, 32nd place in 25:55.51; and senior Briseida Soberanes, 33rd place in 26:21.72.