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IHS girl runners trophy at State

By AARON MEAD

amead@chinookobserver.com

Published on November 7, 2017 4:22PM

Ilwaco High School girls cross country team proudly display their trophy for taking third place in statewide competition.

JENNIFER CARPER PHOTO

Ilwaco High School girls cross country team proudly display their trophy for taking third place in statewide competition.

Eliza Bannister came in 16th place among girls running at the State cross country meet in Pasco, up from 33rd last year.

CATE BANNISTER PHOTO

Eliza Bannister came in 16th place among girls running at the State cross country meet in Pasco, up from 33rd last year.

Daniel Whiting was Ilwaco’s top boy finisher, with 27th place.

CATE BANNISTER PHOTO

Daniel Whiting was Ilwaco’s top boy finisher, with 27th place.

Tristin Trudell came in 39th among boy runners at the State meet. Along with Daniel Whiting and other teammates, this was enough to give the boys team 10th place.

CATE BANNISTER PHOTO

Tristin Trudell came in 39th among boy runners at the State meet. Along with Daniel Whiting and other teammates, this was enough to give the boys team 10th place.

Ilwaco High School’s cross country team is pictured at the State meet in Pasco.

JENNIFER CARPER PHOTO

Ilwaco High School’s cross country team is pictured at the State meet in Pasco.


PASCO — Eliza Bannister closed out her cross-country career with a 16th-place finish at the 1B/2B State championship race at Pasco’s Sun Willows Golf Course, helping Ilwaco’s girls team to a third-place finish at the Saturday, Nov. 4, event.

Daniel Whiting (17:29.6, 27th place) and Tristan Trudell (17:55.7, 39th) were the top runners for Ilwaco’s boys team, which took 10th place as a group.

Bannister went out at her peak. Her 16th-place finish was an improvement over last season’s 33rd place mark at State. Her 20:44.8 run was 19 seconds off her personal-best mark from the previous week, at the fast District championship course. But Saturday’s result was more impressive relative to the field; she was sixth among District IV runners at State, compared with ninth place at Districts.

Whiting broke the 18-minute mark for the fourth time in his career, as did Trudell. Senior Ivan Ramirez finished his career with his best performance, taking 78th with a personal record 18:25.2. Ramirez, a second-year runner who only began getting into the low-20 minute range this season, completed his almost continuous rise up the ranks.

Freshman Carli Kemmer placed 33rd at 21:43.1, with teammates Alex Carper (21:53.3, 35th) and Estella Sheldon (21:54.2) also in her pack. Kaytlenn Whelden wasn’t far behind at 22:32.4 for fortieth place, helping Ilwaco take third by just 14 points over St. George’s which had three of the top 26 runners. Elle Personius took 48th at 23:13.8, with Erika Glenn in 59th at 23:48.6.

Ghannon Whelden was 91st in the boys’ race at 18:40.8, followed by John Glenn (18:52.9), Adam Rutherford (19:19.2), and Colton McNabb (19:59.1.)

Northwest Christian took the boys’ team title, with Liberty Bell in second. Liberty Bell won the girls’ team title with a dominant 23 points, with Northwest Christian in second at 51 and Ilwaco taking third at 106.

Adna’s Austen Apperson won the boys’ individual state title at 15:59. Liberty Bell’s Novie McCabe took the girls’ title at 18:30.2









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