The Ilwaco High School boys cross-country team had nine of the top twelve runners and the girls team had three of the top five at the home meet at Black Lake Thursday, Oct. 4.
Ilwaco’s Daniel Whiting won his race in 19:14, beating a field of 14 teammates and another 23 runners from Clatskanie, Warrenton, Wahkiakum and North Beach. Teammate Tristan Trudell came in at 19:34 for second-place, a second ahead of Clatskanie’s Trent Berntsen. Berntsen finished a spot ahead of Trudell the previous week at Warrenton, edging him for fourth place by 30 seconds. He took fourteenth place in his District last year, a season when he also won the Bigfoot Classic.
Clatskanie’s Gina Limon won the girls’ race in 22:41. Carli Kemmer came in second at 23:50, just edging Adriana Dejesus of Warrenton (23:53), another runner with a strong resume that includes a Bigfoot Classic victory last season. Estella Sheldon followed in 25:12, with Alex Carper fifth place in the field of 25 at 25:29.
Ghannon Whelden had a strong run on his home turf for the second straight year. He took fourth at 21 minutes after finishing eighth in a field of 64 last year. Colton McNabb was sixth at 21:36. Griffen Cutting (22:10), Nate Hopkins (22:11), Brady Rasmussen (22:12), Logan Simonson (22:27) and Anderson Stoddard (22:50) finished eighth through twelfth.
Nisa Mendoza (27:12), Emma Brundage (27:48) and Kaytlenn Whelden (28:18) finished tenth through twelfth in the girls’ race. Daniela Mendez, in the second race of her life, finished in 31:40.
Adrienn Gomez-Sanchez (24:17), Michael Jensen (25:17), Jose Luis Mendez-Hernandez (25:18), Joey Grane (26:49), Lucas Kim (26:56) and Phillip Huang (28:12) also ran Thursday.
In the 1.5-mile middle school race, Ayden Woodby (10:51), Will Simmons (11:17) and Jacob Mathison (11:18) were second, third and fourth among boys. Alaina Judd took fifth in the girls middle school race.