KALAMA - For the second time in 2002 the Ilwaco boys cross country team was perfect, winning the first five places in a four-team meet at Kalama Thursday. Officially, Kalama was second with 83 points, Castle Rock third with 85, and Cathlamet a close fourth, scoring 91.
But guess who actually finished second, according to a beaming Coach Joe Williams? If you said the Ilwaco JV boys with what would have been 58 points, you would be right.
Scott Fagerland came in 7th for the JV's in a time of 19:19, Shaun Petersen 9th in 19:43, Bryce Joquith and Dylan Wirkkala tied for 11th in 20:22, and Mike Huitt claimed 19th with a time of 21:26.
Oh, by the way-the varsity achieved a perfect score with Nate Appel in his familiar place as leader of the pack, turning in a time of 17:32 in the 2.9-mile course. One reason the Fishermen may have felt at home, and why times were a bit slower than usual, was the sandy conditions on part of the Kalama course.
Ed Guelfi reclaimed his familiar place just behind Appel running an excellent time of 17:39 and Derek Duffy continued his outstanding performances with a time of 17:46. Pushing the top trio was Freshman, Jordan Williams in 17:59, good for a strong fourth. Garrett Binion claimed fifth place in 18:40.
Lady Fisherman, Karla Parsons turned in a time of 22:54 and finished in second place. Kari Knutzen garnered fifth place honors in 24:32. Elaina Erola finished eighth in 26:38 and Amber Hall returned to action, crossing the finish line in 12th place (28:31).
Junior High girls finished 1-2-3 at Kalama, as Kathleen Oja, Felecia Faggard, and Flo Galvan dominated their race. Vicente Fuentes finished second for the Middle School boys. Matt Kaino, Luke Jensen, and Monica Milner also ran very well the coach said.
"Now the championship racing season begins," Williams explained. Ilwaco boys and girls will compete Oct. 24 in Castle Rock for the Trico League title. District Championship races are Nov. 2 in Chehalis, with Williams hopeful and confident that many athletes will move on to the State Championship race November 9 in Pasco. "Every athlete in our program has worked hard to get to where we are," Williams concluded. If perfection is any indication, the Fishermen are headed for even more success.