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WRHS CROSS COUNTRY: Hornets trek to top of field
The White River cross country crew trekked north Saturday for the Bellevue Invitational.
The meet features a break from the usual, as teams put two runners in each race. All the No. 1 and No. 2 runners compete against each other, as do the No. 3 and No. 4s; it’s the same through 7-8. When the dust cleared, the Hornet boys were standing seventh in a field of 46. The White River girls didn’t field a full team.
The team’s top finishers were Marcus Dickson and Kody Gould, who finished fourth and seventh, respectively, in the 1-2 race. Chris Fisher was ninth in the 3-4 race. For the girls, Lauryn Wate was eighth in the 1-2 race.
Thursday, White River hosted Franklin Pierce in SPSL 2A competition and had mixed results. White the Hornet boys were 18-32 victors, the shorthanded girls’ team fell 27-28.
The boys’ win was highlighted by the efforts of Dickson and Gould, who crossed the finish line together in 16 minutes, 44 seconds to share first and second place. Rounding out the scoring for the Hornets was Fisher, fourth; Wes Fueston, fifth; and Taylor Moser, seventh.
The girls narrowly lost despite No. 2 runner Kelly Coyle being sidelined due to illness, No. 4 runner Katie Simmons out of town for family reasons and Wate hobbled by an ankle sprain suffered during the race.
Wate was second overall with a time of 20:06. Others contributing to the scoring were Christina Ramous, fourth; Eryn Maris, fifth; Kacy Coyle, seventh; and Lexi Moulden, 10th.
Thursday, White River travels to Spanaway Lake to challenge Steilacoom and Fife in another SPSL 2A contest. Saturday, the team heads across the mountains to Yakima. The meet attracts teams from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and British Columbia.