HOCKINSON - Despite the fact that neither team had enough eligible bodies to field a team, NHS cross country runners had some positive results at last week's meet at Hockinson High School.
In the girls' race, Kelsi Fletcher finished fifth, while teammate Elsa Dutchart took 10th in the 15 competitor race. NHS coach Scott Smith said that the race course took its toll on his team, noting that one girl had to drop out due to a turned ankle. He described the 2.9 mile course as "rough," with some portions of it actually going through a cow field. He also added that two sisters from home team Hockinson, "ran away from everybody."
In the boys' race, NHS had four eligible competitors, and all four finished the race, with Evan Hendrickson coming out as top runner for the boys' team, finshing 22nd out of 45 runners in a time of 19.40.
Behind him was Garrett Bennett, who took 34th place.
"They're just getting stronger and stronger," said Smith of his team, adding that he also had two freshman runners race as well. "It's tough for a young guy to compete against seniors."
The coach was also pleased to say that they had two junior high runners do very well in their race, with Calen Thompson taking first overall, seventh-grader Nathan Reitz finishing third and Charlie Schaloz taking ninth place.
"They did real well," said Smith of his runners. "The whole team's pretty much right on schedule."
NHS travels to Valley on Thursday for a 4 p.m. meet and then to Seaside on Saturday, for a 10 a.m. race.