CHELAN – Chelan’s Lady Goats cross country team took home the first place trophy in the Caribou Trail League championships held in Chelan last Thursday.
CHS runners dominated the top 10 finishers in competition with runners from throughout the league. Chelan’s Gaby Guillen of Chelan finished second with a time of 18:32; Mari Schramm took fourth with a time of 19:26; Lindsy Fox finished sixth with a time of 19:58; and Sara Waszkewitz took ninth at 20:24 to lead the CHS girls varsity cross country team to a first place team finish with 28 points.
Omak finished second with 45 team points, lead by an individual first place finish by Kaitlyn Pecha with a time of 18:45; Cashmere finished third with 56 points, lead by a third place finish at 19:30 by Diana Fernandez; and Cascade finished fourth with 91 points, lead by an eighth place finish by Hilary Nunn in a time of 20:23.
Other girls in the top 10 finishers included Krissa Carlson of Pateros at 19:07 finishing third, Chiara Rose-Witt of Omak at 20:13 in seventh; and Danielle Pecha of Omak at 20:53 in 10th place.
In the boys cross country league championship event, Lake Roosevelt and Cashmere initially tied at 50 points, with the tiebreaker going to Lake Roosevelt for the first place team trophy. Cashmere wound up in second place, followed by Chelan in third with 57 team points, Omak in fourth with 87 points and Cascade in fifth with 101 team points.
In cross country scoring, the team with the lowest points wins, with individual first place finishes counted as one point, second place counted as two points and so on.
While Lake Roosevelt took home the team trophy, Cashmere runner Seth Pierson finished first in the race with a time of 16:02, followed by teammate Daniel Mellenberger, who finished third with a time of 16:12, less than a step ahead of Chelan’s Chase Anderson, who finished third with a time of 16:13.
Lake Roosevelt’s Shane Birdwell finished fourth at 16:30, followed by Charlie Wheeler of Omak at 16:35 in fifth; Cameron Feldon of Cascade at 16:41 in sixth; Jacob Longmyer of Tonasket at 16:47 in seventh; Matt Kriske of Omak at 16:52 in eighth; David Neiretter of Liberty Bell at 17:17 in ninth; and Tyler Clark of Chelan at 17:18 for 10th place.
“Jacob Longmyer ran a very good race and Tyler Monroe is getting stronger every race,” said Tonasket Tiger Coach Bob Thornton after the CTL Championships. “Everyone is looking good for the regional meet this Thursday at Chewelah where the top four teams and top 20 individuals qualify for state.”
Although the 2B Oroville Hornets competed in the CTL Championships, it was more for practice, as they are in a different league. The Hornet’s top runner at the meet was Francisco Curiel. Hornet Coach Doug Kee expects good things from Curiel and Alexis Olmsted in the regional meet to be held in Cheney on Friday. This match up will pit B and 2B teams from Eastern Washington. The top two teams and top 10 individuals will then earn the right to participate at state at Chewelah the following week.