YAKIMA — Moses Lake High School qualified three racers for state competition at the Columbia Basin Big Nine District 6 cross country meet on Thursday at Franklin Park in Yakima.
Mikayla Cooper finished fourth overall for the girls’ team, just a tenth of second off of third place, and only seven seconds off the leader. Carlie Gregg also qualified, with an eighth-place finish for her third trip to state as a Chief.
Camille Carpenter and Camryn Holterhoff both just missed the cut, as the Moses Lake girls team missed qualifying as a whole by just five points.
For the boys’ team, Nicholas Elliot finished eight overall to qualify, making his first trip to the state course.
Moses Lake head coach Larry Dagnon said both teams showed tremendous heart in their races. Seven boys ran under 18 minutes on the day, something that the team hadn’t done before this year.
“It was just amazing,” Dagnon said. “It was just a fast league this year.”
For the girls’ team, coming up just shy, Dagnon said they had an amazing effort as a group.
“Every one of them ran their hearts out, from our seventh place girl all the way down to our first, they all represented,” Dagnon said. “Camille ran a great race, she just didn’t get in. Camryn ran a great race, she just didn’t get in. I can’t take away from their efforts, those are two outstanding girls that aren’t going to State, and we’re talking by seconds.”
For Cooper and Gregg, Dagnon said he’s hoping both can crack the top-75 at the state meet.
“It’s rally hard and it’s really cutthroat when you get to State when you’ve got well over 100 athletes, and they’re all the fastest from their leagues,” Dagnon said.
The Moses Lake head coach said he’s hoping Elliot can be able to go down there and “really get his feet wet.”
“I think Nick should be a top-100 athlete when he’s done, hopefully, top-75,” Dagnon said.
All the way to the finish, Dagnon said both teams showed great fight and attitude, supporting one another all the way down to the very end.
SCAC District Championships
Apple Ridge, Yakima
Team scores: 1. Connell 45, 2. Royal 97, 3. Goldendale 107, 4. Naches Valley 109, 5. College Place 113, 6. Granger 161, 7. Zillah 181, 8. Wahluke 194, 9. Kiona-Benton 203, 10. Highland 273, 11. La Salle 286.
Individual winner: Dallin Price, Connell, 16:09.90.
Royal results: 2. Joaquin Meza, 16:23.90; 12. Fernando Alvarado, 16:56.20; 18. David Trail, 17:15.60; 32. Abraham Montoya, 17:44.00; 35. Clinton Garnick, 17:56.60; 36. Alexis Diaz, 17:57.80; 43. Yahir Morales, 18:17.60.
Wahluke results: 9. Tanu Buck, 16:51.10; 40. Edwin Martinez, 18:07.70; 48. Raul Sandoval, 18:47.60; 50. Jose Barbosa, 18:52.40; 51. Andy Martinez, 19:06.30; 52. Juan Velasco, 19:10.40; 59. Alexis Quiroz, 19:58.00.
Team scores: 1. Goldendale 29, 2. Royal 64, 3. Zillah 70, 4. Connell 93, 5. Naches Valley 131, 6. Wahluke 146, 7. La Salle 153.
Individual winner: Ellie Rising, Goldendale, 18:42.90.
Royal results: 6. Sydney Burke, 20:07.80; 7. Sydney Gilbert, 20:39.00; 17. Jesse Burke, 21:58.20; 21. Yesenia Bonilla, 22:11.80; 24. Abigail Wood, 22:30.60; 27. Amanda Justo-Victoriano, 22:57.30; 37. Gracee Frank, 24:33.40
Wahluke results: 13. Adamaris Arellano, 21:32.70; 25. Karen Arrelano, 22:31.30; 43. Daisy Castro, 26:02.20; 49. Roselyn Aguilar, 27:21.20; 51. Janet Nunez, 30:00.80; 52. Jennifer Calvario, 30:06.90.
Ephrata, Othello lose in CWAC District semis
Ephrata and Othello will meet one more time this season next week, although both squads would prefer different circumstances.
The Tigers lost to Ellensburg 3-1 in one Central Washington Athletic Conference District semifinal, while the Huskies lost to No. 1 seed Selah 4-1 in the other semifinal.
The Bulldogs led the Tigers 2-0 at halftime behind goals from Frannie Valverde and Caitlyn Cheney. Ephrata drew within one goal after converting a penalty kick in the 47th minute. Ellensburg answered with a Blake Johnson goal six minutes later.
Selah jumped on Othello with three goals in three minutes. Shaya Parrish scored the Huskies’ lone goal on a free kick and Lane Simpson collected 10 saves.
With the losses, Ephrata and Othello will play again Nov. 5 at Quincy Jackrabbit Stadium to determine seeding for Glue Crossovers against Great Northern League teams.