Daniel Whiting blazed to a 15:58 run at the 2.95-mile Pacific League championship race at Ocosta, taking fourth at the Thursday, Oct. 18 event. Whiting’s personal best in the standard, 5000-meter race is 16:54.7, and he roughly matched that pace in the slightly shorter race Thursday. Ilwaco’s boys and girls cross-country teams both finished second.
Noah Phillips of Northwest Christian won the boys race in 15:04, and Phillips’s teammates took second and third, helping the Navigators run away with the league title. Northwest had seven of the top 11 runners in the race. But Whiting helped Ilwaco edge Life Christian for second place by beating a pair of Eagles runners, who finished fifth and sixth.
Ilwaco’s girls team got top-11 finishes from Estella Sheldon, Carli Kemmer and Alex Carper. Sheldon took eighth place at 20:40, followed two seconds later by Kemmer. Carper was 11th at 21:13. Emma Brundage came in at 22:10, Nisa Mendoza in 22:16, Kaytlenn Whelden in 23:36, and Daniela Mendez at 25:25.
In the boys’ race Tristan Trudell joined Whiting in the top ten with a ninth-place 16:35. Ghannon Whelden was 16th at 17:27. Rapidly rising freshman Logan Simonson finished 18th at 17:37, followed by Colton McNabb at 17:50, all helping in Ilwaco’s close battle for second. Northwest Christian won with 21 points, Ilwaco had 66 and Life Christian 70.
Brady Rasmussen (17:59), Anderson Stoddard (18:37) and Nate Hopkins (18:40), also ran the varsity race for Ilwaco.
In the junior-varsity race, John Glenn took twelfth at 18:34, followed by Adrienn Gomez Sanchez (18:47) and Griffen Cutting (19:07). Jose Luis Mendez-Hernandez (21:08), Michael Jensen, (22:12) Joey Grane (22:37) and Phillip Huang (22:59) all competed.
Ilwaco’s varsity runners will compete at the District tournament at Onalaska on Saturday.