ONALASKA — At the District IV championship race at Onalaska, Ilwaco’s boys and girls teams both qualified for State with second-place finishes. Northwest Christian won the team District title in both races. Many Fishermen set personal bests on the fast course, led by Daniel Whiting and Eliza Bannister.
Whiting broke the 17-minute mark for the first time (16:58.29), and Bannister had her first time under 21 minutes (20:29.63). Whiting burst into the top ten in the District, finishing ninth after taking 23rd last season. Bannister also took ninth place, after placing 14th last year and 22nd the previous season.
Tristan Trudell came in about 20 seconds behind Whiting, with a personal-best 17:19.3, to take twelfth place among 117 runners.
Bannister also had teammates close behind her. Estella Sheldon took thirteenth, setting a personal-best at 20:59.77. Alex Carper followed a second later at 21:00.74, also a personal record. Carli Kemmer was 18th with a personal-best 21:08.34. Kaytlenn Whelden finished 23rd at 21:57. Elle Personius took a minute off her personal best, placing 33rd at 23:04.2 Erika Glenn took 35th at 23:11.9, also a personal best by over a minute. By placing in the top 35, all seven of Ilwaco’s girls did well enough to qualify for State individually.
On the boys’ side, there was a big gap after Whiting and Trudell, but all seven runners will be able go on because the Fishermen qualified as a team. Ghannon Whelden came in at 33rd at 18:05.99, slashing 1:16 from his personal record. John Glenn was 37th at 18:31.02, Adam Rutherford followed in 18:34.08, Ivan Ramirez finished 43rd at 18:50.32, and Colton McNabb took 55th in 19:20.02. All these marks were personal records.
In a field of 14 schools qualifying for team points, the Fishermen boys emerged on top of a five-way race for second. Their score of 111 beat third-place Three Rivers Christian by 19. Austen Apperson of Adna won the race in 15:34.13, leading his team to a fourth-place finish (132 points.) Northwest Christian placed six runners in the top fifteen to lap the field with 33 points.
In the girls’ race, Northwest Christian had the top three runners to win with 23 points. Ilwaco was in second with 63 points, while Cedar Tree Classical Christian was third with 74.
Joe Monroy, the only Naselle runner, set a personal best at 21:26.8.