By The Staff of The Chronicle
Led by impressive team and individual performances, Chronicle area runners fared well at the state cross country championships at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco on Saturday.
In the 1B/2B races, the Rainier women’s team finished fifth overall, with well-balanced times across the board. The top 3 for the Mountaineers were Ella Marvin, who finished 29th in 23:24.60, Angelica Askey, who finished 36th in 23:49.30, and Rayne Tyrrell, who finished 44th in 24:10.80.
The top runner in this race was Mossyrock rookie Joan Wedam, who finished 17th with a time of 22:20.90. Mercedes Dupont of Oakville finished 26th in 23:14.40, and Ayricka Hughes of Morton-White Pass ran a 23:23.70 for 28th to lead the individual runners in the Lewis and South Thurston Counties area .
On the boys side for 1B/2B, Mossyrock finished 10th as a team and Adna finished 16th.
The Vikings were led by the efforts of Miguel Gomez (25th, 18:01.80), Hugo Wedam (33rd, 18:17.40) and Christian Paz Tapia (42nd, 18:39.30), while the Pirates had the best local individual finisher as Jordan Stout finished 11th in 17:36.10.
Toledo’s Treyton Marty was 24th in 18:01.60, Ben Russon of Onalaska was 52nd in 18:48.30 and MWP’s Hunter Brackett was 63rd in 19:05.50 to round out the top local runners.
In the 1A rows, Tenino had a trio of runners for the state trip, with Tristan Von Bargen placing 134th among the boys in 19:38.40 and Brynn Williams finishing 53rd to lead the Beaver girls in 22:11.80 . Haley Huber also finished 83rd for Tenino in 22:54.70.
Finally in the 2As, the Tumwater boys finished sixth as a team, led by John Hoffer who finished fifth individually in 16:11.00. Brenden Hamilton (40th, 17:19.40) and Alan Penrose (57th, 17:35.50) also helped the T-Birds score.
Elsewhere in the 2A boys race, Luke Grunenfelder of Black Hills was 41st in 17:20.40, Devin Harrison of Centralia was 60th in 17:40.20, and Gunnar Morgan and Taydee Evenstar of Rochester were 92nd and 93rd in 18:11.90 and 18:13.20, respectively. . WF West’s Jaysen Miles finished 114th in 18:36.20.
On the girls’ side, Annabelle Clapp of Tumwater was the top local in 21:13.00 for 53rd place, and Elyse O’Dell of Centralia finished 89th in 22:07.60.