RAINIER - Coach Ryan Bjornsgard may be requesting compasses or other navigational aids for the Naselle Comets cross country team as some of the runners had problems following the course at a meet in Rainier, Washington held Tuesday, Oct. 15. The meet was run on a 2.75 mile course.
Bjornsgard said, "It is Rainier's second year of cross country and the course wasn't as well marked as it could have been. As a result, some of the runners had problems following the course as it wound through the woods. Three of our runners didn't finish at all and two of our runners who placed got lost once or twice."
Five of the Comets found their way well enough to finish third as a team with 93 points in the five team meet. The powerful Northwest Christian Navigators lived up to their team name as they navigated the course flawlessly to win the meet with a near-perfect 17 points (15 points is a perfect team score).
Nate Moore, in his first NHS race back after a football injury sidelined him early in the season, led NHS with a 14th place finish in 18:32. Cory Tuebner finished 16th in 18:33, Takumi Sato was 17th in 18:36, Zach Badger finished 22nd in 19:18, and Evan Hendrickson came in 24th in 19:49 to give NHS five runners who ran the complete course.
Erin Saari ran a 13:15 to win her fifth straight race in the girls junior high race. Saari's time was faster than the boys junior high runners times.