PASCO - The Fishermen boys finished 16th as a team and Owen Sutherland was the top runner for them as he finished 89th in 18:10.7. Rounding out the boys scoring was Tanner Weidner (100th in 18:31), Brandon Malmstadt (106th in 18:39.1), Andy Schott (119th in 19:07.4), and Corbin Sutherland (133rd in 19:38.8). Josh Schenk placed 137th in 19:58.7 and Ben Ahlin was 141st in 20:12.4 for the Fishermen. Malmstadt bettered his personal best by 12 seconds and Schenk topped his by 38 seconds.
Leticia Cervantes of Ilwaco finished 71st and Cindy Pacheco came in 106th. Cervantes' time of 22:18 is her best this season and Pacheco finished in 23:21.
Coach Sarah Taylor said, "Despite a cold that has kept her down most of the week, Leticia ran a good race. She ran only a second slower than her time last year at the state course, but the field was much faster this year than last and her place was significantly lower. Cindy was really hurting (with a leg injury), but she finished the race and is looking forward to next year."
Maddie Meyers of Northwest won by nearly two minutes over the second place runner in 17:34 and Riverside beat King's for the 1A girls' team title. LaCenter from the Trico League finished seventh in the girls 1A race as six freshmen placed in the top 10.
For the boys Lakeside edged Colville for the team title and LaCenter was the top Trico team by placing fifth. Taylor related, "Owen didn't quite make his goal time, but still ran a very nice PR (personal record). The state course is very challenging with rolling hill after rolling hill. Tanner missed several days of training this week due to illness, but still managed to hold his own at the state meet."
Taylor added, "Brandon ran a very solid PR and finished the season on a strong note. Andy has made huge improvements this season. He moved from being the seventh runner on the team to the fourth in one season. Corbin ran well and being the youngest boys' team member we are looking forward to seeing what he can do in the next two years."
Taylor said, "Josh ran a PR and he was very excited to break 20 minutes. Ben had a solid race. He has been improving all season and has really run strong this year. Eli and Seth were big helpers at the meet with the tent and during warm-ups. They were great to have as part of the team."
Coach Taylor concluded, "The team had a good time in the Tri-Cities."