WARRENTON — Ilwaco’s boys and girls cross country teams both won their meets at the Warrenton Wreck race on Tuesday, Sept. 26. Daniel Whiting (18:37.36) led the boys with a second-place finish out of 60 runners, while Eliza Bannister (22:46.72) led the girls with a third-place finish.

Ilwaco’s girls won despite Catlin Gabel having three of the top four runners, including Lillian Fenner, whose 20:40.70 lapped the field by nearly two minutes. Alex Carper, Estella Sheldon, Carli Kemmer, and Kaytlenn Whelden took the fifth through eighth spots, with times between 24:20 and 24:40. Catlin Gabel’s next runners came in at fourteenth and twenty-fourth, leaving the Fishermen with a 29-41 win in team points. Kemmer’s 24:21.05 smashed her personal best; she would set a new best four days later.

The boys won by a wider margin, with 26 points to Rainier’s 60. Tristan Trudell took third, nine seconds behind Whiting. Ghannon Whelden was seventh, Ivan Ramirez took ninth, and John Glenn was tenth.

MARYSVILLE — Eliza Bannister took sixteen seconds off her personal best and Daniel Whiting came within two seconds of his best, leading Ilwaco against a big field at the Nike twilight invitational in Marysville. Bannister (20:56.98) placed 25th of 141 runners in Ilwaco’s division, which consisted of all schools up to 2A. Whiting (151.99) was 51st. Ilwaco’s girls finished 11th of 19 schools in the division, while the boys were 21st of 28.

Alex Carper also set her personal record at 21:34.48, about three minutes under her time at the same race last year, to finish in 39th. Kaytlenn Whelden finished in 22:55.53, Estella Sheldon came in at 23:10.28, and Carli Kemmer set a personal-best at 24:03.18.

Tristan Trudell was second among Ilwaco’s boys and 64th in the division with a 18:14.09 time. Colton McNabb took almost a minute off his previous best time, coming in at 18:58.51. Ghannon Wheldon, whose previous best sat right on the 20 minute mark, shattered that barrier with a 19:22.5. Ivan Ramirez (19:49.68) and Adam Rutherford (19:53.53) were next for the Fishermen.

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