Daniel Whiting had a career-best 16:54.7 run at Onalaska’s cross-country meet Tuesday, Sept. 11, finishing third in the race. The meet drew mostly Pacific and Central League teams. Onalaska’s Addison Smee (16:06.8) won the race with a personal-best time of his own, upsetting Zachary Wright (16:15.1), who took third in state last year and also set a personal best Tuesday. Whiting was twenty-seventh at State last year, 1:05 behind Wright, but closed the gap a bit at Tuesday’s event.
Estella Sheldon led Ilwaco’s girls with an eighth-place finish at 22:35.64, followed forty-five hundredths later by Alex Carper in ninth. Emma Brundage, in her first 5000-meter race, had a 23:44.24 run for thirteenth place out of 35. Carli Kemmer (16th, 23:57.17) and Nisa Mendoza (18th, 24:09.59) also finished in the top half.
Tristan Trudell took 11th for the boys team at 18:30.44. Colton McNabb had one of the most impressive placings of his career, 17th in a field of 84 timed runners, leapfrogging some teammates he usually trailed last season.
John Glenn finished 23rd at 19:45.57, followed .31 later by teammate Ghannon Whelden. Nate Hopkins’s (20:48.9) came within 15 seconds of his personal best to take 33rd. Griffen Cutting set a personal record with a 21:22.8. Freshmen Logan Simonson (21:44.2) and Brady Rasmussen (21:44.59) finished almost simultaneously in their high school debuts. Brendan Chabot finished in 22:53.78. Jose Luis Mendez-Hernandez set a personal best at 23:28. Freshman Michael Jensen debuted at 24:52.65, followed by sophomore Joey Grane at 24:53.12. Phillip Huang finished in 28:20.44.
As a team, Ilwaco’s boys squad took first of eight teams, with a score of 69 to edge Mossyrock (77) and Kalama (79). The girls were second behind Rainier. The Fishermen will run in Aberdeen this Thursday.