KALAMA - The Naselle cross country team competed in a seven team meet in Kalama on Thursday, Sept 7, with the Naselle boys finishing fifth with 82 points, only four points out of third place. The host Kalama team won the boys race with 33 team points, followed by White Pass (53), Woodland (79), Tenino (80), Naselle (82), and Toledo (Incomplete).

Ryan Wright of White Pass was the boys' winner, running the course in 15:58. The top Naselle runners were Calen Thompson (12th, 18:21) and Drew Macy (13th, 18:34), both freshmen.

Naselle Coach Scott Smith said, "The guys went out and ran hard. I was especially proud of the two freshmen Calen Thompson and Drew Macy. They both finished in the top 20 at 12th and 13th. Josh Martin, a senior, finished in under 20 minutes, (18th, 29.21) and really finished hard holding off a Kalama runner." Stephan Griss finished 21st (20.23).

The girls' race was another matter, due to difficulties with the layout of the course. The times that were recorded were thrown out as being invalid.

Smith said, "The course was confusing and most of the girls got off course at some point. They did not give us results for the girls. I only had two girls compete but they both had great efforts. Kelsey Fletcher, after getting lost on the final lap, finished third overall. The course was very confusing with loops over other loops and back tracks. Kelsey ran the longest loop twice and still finished third. Caitlin McGuire came in 13th with a very strong finish. She never got lost, she worked very hard out on the course."

Comets boys are top B team at Ocosta cross country meetWESTPORT - The three top Naselle boys cross country runners "were faster then my top boy finisher last year at this meet," according to Coach Scott Smith. He was referring to the Ocosta Invitational cross country meet held Saturday, Sept. 9 in Westport. The Comets finished 8th overall, but as the top scoring 2B team in a meet dominated by much larger schools The Comets finished with a score of 187, just in front three of their 2B league and district rivals. The boys results were Onalaska 58, Mark Morris 66, Elma 94, Spanaway Lake 107, Orting 134, Montesano 154, Forks 155, Naselle 187, North Beach 188, Cathlamet 196, Ocosta 272.

"Drew Macy was our top finishers at 25th at 18:39. He was followed by Calen Thompson 26th at 18:45, and Conor Smith 19:26. All of these times were faster then my top boy finisher last year at this meet," said Smith. "Everyone is training well and it is showing in their running. Josh Martin was disappointed with his time. He wanted to break 20 minutes but ended up with a 20:09. Garrick Bennet was 52nd and our fifth runner. Stephan Griss ran a great race. He took two minutes off his PR at Ocosta. Nathan Sultemeier Finished 60th with a respectable 21:21. I am very excited about the team's effort, and with continued work, I think we will see their times decrease."

The Naselle girls ran incomplete with only four runners. "Erin Saari finished 13th on the 2.9 mile course with a time of 22:10. Kelsey Fletcher was right behind her with a 22:24. Both girls ran faster times then last year at this meet. Sandra Rodriquez finished 30th with a 25:37 and Caitlin McGuire finished 43rd. The girls' meet was won by Spanaway Lake followed by Mark Morris," Smith reported.

In the junior high meet, Smith said, "Nathan Reitz continued his successful running career. He was a standout last year finishing in the top five in every race. He won this race with an exceptional kick at the end."

This Thursday, Sept. 14, the NHS cross country team is in a meet at Castle Rock.

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