EHS runners who traveled to Pasco for the Class 4A state meet included: in back, from left to right, Jacob Dickson, Josh Blad, Dominic Deady, Sam Lingwall, Foster Barnhart, Hunter McGowan, Jacob Revell, Teagan Eldridge and Alec Ritter; in front, Hunter Storm, Anna Bursch and Payton Roberson. Photo credit Too Witzel

Local runners compete at state cross country

Runners from all four local high schools trekked to Pasco last weekend to participate in the state cross country championships.

Runners from all four local high schools trekked to Pasco last weekend to participate in the state cross country championships.

The host site was once again Sun Willows Golf Course, which greeted competitors from schools both large and small.

Here’s a look at how local runners fared east of the Cascades.


The Hornets had qualified the entire girls team for state, taking seven runners to the 2A competition. Once in Pasco, they placed 13th in the team standings.

Leading the way was Makayla Melcher, who finished 40th in the field with a time of 20:15. She was followed by Camryn Berryhill, 84th, 20:55; Hannah Swettenam, 94th, 21:09; Natalie Franco, 142nd, 22:11; Kelsee Gould, 150th, 22:42; Claire Lowe, 151st, 22:44; and Emily Derrick, 154th, 23:11.

White River had a lone qualifier, Joel Slominski, in the boys race. He crossed the finish line in 17:08, placing 73rd.


Enumclaw had qualified its entire boys team, which placed 16th in the Class 4A field.

Sam Lingwall was the first Hornet to complete the Sun Willows course, clocking a time of 16:16 to place 56th. He was followed by teammates Teagan Eldridge, 106th, 16:45; Alec Ritter, 126th, 16:58; Foster Barnhart, 140th, 17:11; Dominic Deady, 143rd, 17:15; Kyle Revell, 155th, 17:33; and Hunter McGowan, 163rd, 17:47.

Two members of the EHS girls team had advanced to state. Hunter Storm placed 50th with a time of 19:16 and Payton Roberson finished 97th at 19:54.


The Spartans’ top finisher was Dash Penney, who placed 61st with a time of 16:18. Matthew Holme came in 85th at 16:31 and Adam Sjolund was 149th at 17:22.

Sumner was not represented in the girls race.


The Panther program had two competitors qualify for state, both on the boys side.

Cayan Dibble finished the course in 17:06, good for 116th in the 3A field. Nolan Gain came in at 17:09 and was 120th.

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