MARYSVILLE — The Naselle Comets girls finished 10th as a team in the 1B/2B division, while the Ilwaco Lady Fishermen claimed 12th place and the Ilwaco boys’ team came in 16th in the 1A/2A division of the seventh annual Twilight Cross Country Invitational at Cedar Crest Golf Course in Marysville Oct. 5.

Evan Sutherland led the Fishermen by placing 18th in a time of 17:36, his PR (personal record) by 10 seconds.

Katie Green paced Naselle by claiming 23rd place and she ran her season’s best time of 22:42 for 5,000 meters.

Naselle’s Katelyn Magie was 42nd in 23:41, her best time by a full minute. Savannah Zimmerman placed 54th with a PR of 26:22. Emily Bjornsgard claimed 58th in 27:31 and Selah Wulf rounded out scoring for the Comets with a 35:38 to place 73rd. Grace Zimmerman was 74th in 38:51.

The Lady Fishermen were paced by freshman Charity Fleck, who hit the tape in 23:08, her PR by over a minute. Beth Winters was 52nd in 25:33, her best race to date by 20 seconds and Isabel Benenati was 55th in 26:33, her PR by 10 seconds. Brianna Baird came in with a time of 26:34 to place 56th and she had a PR by five seconds. Rounding out team scoring was Grace Bruncke with a time of 28:13, good for 60th place.

Ilwaco’s Kenny Price was 85th in 20:10, his PR by 13 seconds and Daniel Scheller was 87th in 20:14. Ben Brownlee crossed the finish line in 20:27, good for 91st and Marcos Mendoza rounded out Ilwaco scoring by coming in 92nd in 20:29, his PR by 15 seconds. Dylan Wortman was 97th in 21:40 and Blake Hajdok was 102nd in 22:24.

The Comets average time was 27:05 and there was 13:27 between the first and final runners for the team and tallied 250 points, 15 behind Franklin Pierce. Sehome placed first in the girls’ division with an amazing score of 26 and King’s Kasey Kemper was the winner in 18:58.

Ilwaco’s Emma Fleck was 61st in 28:15 and Lacie Cutting was 64th in 28:33. The Ilwaco girls averaged 26:01 and there was 5:05 between the first and fifth place runners. The Fishermen averaged 19:48 and there was 2:53 between number one and number five runners. Sehome boys had a mere 39 points and Graham Peet ran a spectacular 16:03 to win the race.

There were 25 light standards on the course, plus runners had glow stick necklaces and glow-in-the-dark shirts for the final open races that began at 7:30 p.m. The races were “chip timed” and the runners’ times were recorded electronically as each runner (and their chip) crossed the finish line.

Ilwaco runners PR at Vancouver race

VANCOUVER — Evan Sutherland zipped to victory in the boys’ race and the Lady Fishermen were second in a five-school cross country meet hosted by Seton Catholic in Vancouver Oct. 3. Sutherland’s time was 17:46, his best time by 20 seconds for the season and 40 seconds better than he ran at this meet last season. This was Sutherland’s third first-place finish of the year.

“It was a very flat, fast course in a nice park-like setting. Every one of our high school and middle school runners had a PR (personal record) for a 5-K race,” coach Sarah Taylor said.

“I felt that I could be able to win the race today and I set out and did it. The course was flat and fast and the weather was cloudy and gray and perfect for running. It was a little slippery at the end of the race. I hope to beat my PR at state and so far the season hasn’t gone too bad,” Sutherland said.

The Lady Fishermen were paced by Charity Fleck who was eighth in 24:11. Beth Winters also had a sterling race, finishing 11th in 25:53, her PR by a whopping three minutes. Merissa Cass ran her best race of the year by a minute as she placed 14th in 26:32 followed closely by Brianna Baird in 26:39 and Isabel Benenati in 16th place in 26:43. Grace Bruncke was 19th, Emma Fleck 20th and Lacie Cutting finished 21st as the Lady Fishermen ran in packs to help get better times. Katie Jacobson placed 33rd.

The Fishermen boys’ team finished fourth. Daniel Scheller was 19th in 19:58, Ben Brownlee placed 22nd in 20:19, Kenny Price was 24th in 20:23 and Marcos Mendoza rounded out team scoring by crossing the finish line in 20:44. Blake Hajdok was 32nd, Ryan Schenk 37th, Cedric Burton 40th and Gio Lazaro 47th for Ilwaco.

“Evan had a nice race and got another win for his third of the season. Daniel ran well and was pleased with his time. Ben had the cold that has been going around earlier in the week, but pulled it through for the race. It was a nice fast course with great conditions for Kenny. Marcos has been steadily improving through the season and is a competitive runner. Blake ran well and improved his time. Ryan had a good race and was in the top-seven for the team. Cedric took nearly three minutes off his last race time. Gio had a good first race of the year and set a nice standard for himself,” coach Taylor said of the Fishermen.

“Charity is doing great and was able to stay with the top runners. Beth had an amazing race. She is getting very competitive and making huge improvements. Merissa ran well and is beginning to make improvements in her senior year. Brianna had a good race with a nice strong finish. Isabel really pushed her teammates and had a great race. Emma, Grace, and Lacie battled it out to the end. They each ran well and left it to the kick at the end. Katie ran her best 5-K time of the season. The girls’ team did an outstanding job of pushing each other and coming together as a team. This was their best team race so far,” coach Taylor said.

The Ilwaco middle school finished second to Henkle of Vancouver in both the boys’ and girls’ races. Noah Carper was sixth (10:40) on the 2,500-meter course. Jacob Zaidins was seventh (10:42) and Phillip Gittings eighth (10:43). Adam Rutherford placed 16th, Jared Rutherford was 18th, John Glen soared to 20th place and Walden Andrews was 23rd.

Lilyana Doupe led the Ilwaco girls by finishing fourth in 11:32. Faith Simmonson was seventh (12:27) and Maddy Chabot was 11th, Kasey Beagent 12th, Cheyenne Bent 13th and Jessie Huntley-Stern placed 14th.

“Jessie has made huge improvements this season. Lilyana continues to amaze and Noah had a great break through race,” Taylor concluded.

Boys’ standings:

Toledo 38

Columbia 49

Seton Catholic 52

Ilwaco 91

Girls’ standings:

Columbia 24

Ilwaco 54

King’s Way 58

Green sixth, Burton PRs at La Center race

LA CENTER — Katie Green was sixth, Katelyn Magie 13th and Savannah Zimmerman placed 23rd and Emily Bjornsgard was 26th for the Naselle girls and Cameron Burton was 34th for the boys in a cross country meet at La Center Oct. 3. Zimmerman ran her best time of the season by 58 seconds, Burton’s time was his PR (personal record) by 34 seconds and Magie had her best race of the season by two seconds over the 5,000-meter distance.

“Katie ran a great last mile to finish sixth. Katelyn is having a great year. She is training hard and racing hard and her effort is paying off,” coach Scott Smith praised. Savannah had a very good race and improved her time from two years ago significantly (by three minutes). She raced hard the entire race and finished strong. She did all that with just one shoe!” Smith said.

“Emily ran a strong race. She is starting to beat people by passing them. I hope she will equate that success with training over the summer. She had a had a great kick at the end and was able to race and beat two Woodland girls, which was very exciting,” coach Smith related.

“Cameron took over 30 seconds off his time on a very challenging double-loop course with a very steep and long hill. He powered up it both times and then had a very gutsy and determined finish. He is developing into a very smart racer and is able to fight through the pain as a runner,” Smith stated.

Smith said that five athletes missed the race due to illness, injury and prior obligations.

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