NEAH-KAH-NIE — Ilwaco’s Charity Fleck negotiated the large hill at the Bigfoot Classic in Rockaway Beach not once, but twice as she finished fifth overall in the girls’ cross country race Oct. 15 at Neah-Kah-Nie High School.

Naselle’s Katie Green placed third with a time of 23.26. Teammate Katelyn Magie was 10th in 25:26 — her personal best— while Savannah Zimmerman toured the course in 27:44 to place 18th. Emily Bjornsgard was 20th in 30:24 and Selah Wulf rounded out the Comets by finishing 37th with a time of 33:24. Cameron Burch was 50th in the boys’ race.

Evan Sutherland paced the Ilwaco boys by coming in 10th in 20:15, followed by Ben Brownlee in 16th at 20:26. Daniel Scheller was 22nd in 21:11, Marcos Mendoza 25th in 21:36 and Blake Hajdok 32nd in 22:21. Kenny Price finished 35th, Otto Kemmer 40th, Daniel Wortman 45th, Ryan Schenk 54th and Gio Lazaro 66th.

For the Ilwaco girls, Beth Winters placed 19th (27:44), Isabel Benenati was 20th in 28:04, Brianna Baird was 22nd in 29:04 and Lacie Cutting placed 26th in 29:50 for the 5,000-meter course. Grace Bruncke was 31st, Merissa Cass 33rd and Katie Jacobson 39th.

“I beat my goal of improving my time from last year. The entire course seems to be made up of one giant hill that you have to climb twice,” Green related.

“The girls were very excited to have won the meet. This is the first meet they have won this season,” said Ilwaco coach Sarah Taylor. “Charity had a very good race and is really running strong. All of the girls have been making huge improvements this season.”

“The girls fought off a week of hard training. Some had sore legs and tired bodies, but they all had PRs (personal records). They all did fantastic,” Naselle coach Scott Smith said

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