The powerhouse White River girls cross country team, led by Courtney Gelmini, placed in the top 10 at the Class 2A state cross country championship after winning the district crown Nov. 12.
Teams and athletes made the trip across the Cascades to the Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco Saturday to compete in the 5,000 meters state cross country championships for all classifications.
Joining White River, were boys and girls individual distance runners from Enumclaw and Sumner, and the Bonney Lake boys team.
The White River girls teams took ninth scoring 260 points at the Class 2A state meet.
Gelmini, a senior, finished sixth in 18 minutes, 55.40 seconds. Gelmini won the West Central District championship at American Lake Nov. 5
Junior Camryn Berryhill rain 31st in 20:08.60. Taking 94th in state was Hannah Swettenam, a junior, in 21:36.20 and 98th was junior Natalie Franco om 21:43.90.
Freshman Jessica Taylor ran 140th in 23:12.70, 150th was senior Erin Redford in 24:04.20 and 153rd was junior Claire Lowe posting 24:28.40.
Joel Slominski was the only runner for the White River boys to make the trip to Pasco. The sophomore took 112th in 17:57.70.
Four distance athletes ran in the 4A state meet at Pasco.
Junior Hunter Storm was the top runner for the girls team taking 33rd in 19:25.10. Coach Tod Witzel said, “She also ended on a high note as confirmed by the clock, as she posted a season best time….”
Running 110th was sophomore Payton Roberson stopping the clock at 20:39.80.
On the boys side of the course Alec Ritter, a junior, ran 69th in 16:45.10. Witzel said it was a season best time for Ritter. Following Ritter at 88th was junior classmate Teagan Eldridge in 16:55.70.
The Bonney Lake boys team took 16th at the 3A state meet in Pasco scoring 397 points. There were seven Panthers running in the meet.
The top finisher was senior William Glick running 78th in 17:03.40.
Senior Mykel Fisher ran 121st in 17:31.80 followed at 128th by senior Logan Free in 17:41.90.
At 133rd was Allen Fletcher, a senior, in 17:44.20, and Aspen Weddle at 138 17:52.30, also a senior.
Freshman Cayan Dibble took 148 in 18:04.10 and junior Billy Rohrbough ran 162nd in 18:37.90.
The Spartans sent three athletes to the 4A state meet Saturday.
The top runner for the Spartan girls was junior Emma Sjolund taking 22nd in 19:09.40.
On the boys side of the aisle junior Dash Penney ran 56th in and at 113th was senior Joel Mott finishing in a time of 17:11.90.