ILWACO - IHS seniors Owen Sutherland was fifth, Andy Schott claimed 11th and Josh Schenk was 27th on what coach Sarah Taylor dubbed a perfect sunny day for a run last Tuesday, as the senior runners participated in their final home meet.
The Fishermen boys finished second as their sixth place runner was nipped by Kalama's sixth place finisher in a tiebreaker. The Lady Fishermen were fourth in the five-team Trico meet. Tanner Weidner had a break out race and he finished fourth with his personal best of the year. For the girls, Cindy Pacheco was second and Leticia Cervantes sixth.
Prior to the meet the Ilwaco seniors were honored. "Owen has been a huge part of our program and will really be missed. He has competed in the Ilwaco cross country program for six years. Andy and Josh are in their first year of cross country," Taylor said.
Pacheco's time was 21:38 and Cervantes finished in 23:41. Raven Rogers was 13th in 25:06 for the Lady Fishermen and Merissa Cass was 19th in 26:29. Elli Fox finished Ilwaco scoring at 32nd in 30:42 and Rissa Gerke was 34th. For the Fishermen Weidner's time was 18:54 and Sutherland finished in 19:02. Brandon Malmstadt was seventh in 19:17, Schott's time was 19:45 and Corbin Sutherland was Ilwaco's final scorer in 16th in 20:19.
Ben Ahlin was 26th, Josh Schenk 27th, Eli Schenk 29th and Seth Sexton 54th. In the middle school races Bailey Gray was first for the girls in 11:58, Lacie Cutting fourth, Katie Jacobson fifth, Emma Fleck sixth, Grace Bruncke seventh, and Stephanie Kelly ninth. Evan Sutherland was third for the boys middle school runners and Gabe Cook eighth.
Taylor said, "Tanner was finally able to relax and run his best race of the season. Josh really picked it up and improved for his last home race. The boys ran really well as a team. They packed up together and were able to pass a large number of runners. They stayed calm at the start and had an excellent team race. We lost the tie breaker with Kalama, but it was a great race. Brandon, Tanner, Seth, and Josh were all able to improve their times from Friday."
Coach Taylor added, "The girls ran well. It is challenging to race the same course in such a short time span. Focus can be an issue. Cindy, Leticia, Raven, and Merissa all improved their times from Friday. Cindy continues to be very impressive. Leticia and Raven have really come on strong in the last few meets. Rissa and Elli continue to meet and exceed their goals."
Taylor concluded, "The middle school runners had fun and Bailey won another race for the girls. In track last spring it nearly took a cattle prod to get her to run the warm up lap and now she is out winning cross country races. She is a great athlete and a fun kid to have around. The middle school girls love having a full team and scoring at meets."