CATHLAMET - Ilwaco cross country boys and girls each finished first in the six-team event at Cathlamet Thursday. The boys took five of the top seven places, far out-distancing the competition and finishing with 18 points out of a possible 15.
Cathlamet boys were second with 74 points, followed by Kalama with 104, and Naselle with 132. The Lady Fishermen edged Cathlamet 34 to 41 to win their competition.
Nate Appel won the boys race with a tremendous time of 15:53 on the 2.8 mile course. Eddie Guelfi came in a close second in his first competition since to returning to IHS for his senior year with a time of 15:58. Earning the Fishermen a sweep of the top three spots was Derek Duffy in 16:16. Jordan Williams placed fifth in 16:39 and Jon Fagerlund with a time of 16:54 finished seventh for the boys.
The girls were paced by Karla Parsons who crossed the finish line second with a time of 21:02. The winner, Kara Ward of Woodland, and two-time defending state champion, ran an excellent 19:01.
Kari Knudsen came across the line in fifth place (22:22), Erin Knick was sixth (22:25), Elaina Erola placed ninth (23:43) and Meredith Jensen finished 12th (24:44) to round out the Lady Fishermen scorers.
Completing the race for the boys was Garrett Binion, (ninth), Zack Graff (12th), Scott Fagerlund (16th), Bryce Jaquaith (19th), Shawn Peterson (23rd), and Mike Huitt (29th).
Nursing leg injuries for Ilwaco were John Hayes, Marie Wroble, and Amber Hall and Dylan Wirkkala was under the weather. All were expected to return to action in the near future. The Fishermen host their only home meet of the season this Thursday, with the junior high race beginning at 3:45 and the girls, then boys races to follow.
The course around Black Lake has been improved to be more accessible for viewing by the fans, according to Coach Joe Williams. "We are trying to get a meet at Kelso for next Saturday in an effort to further challenge our runners, but it's not set for sure," Williams said.