Speiker, Hornet girls claim third straight XC league title

WINTHROP – Oroville’s Sierra Speiker cruised to her third straight Central Washington League cross country title, leading the Hornet girls to their third straight team league title.

Of the five schools represented, only the Hornets and Lake Roosevelt fielded the minimum five runners needed for team scoring. The Hornets beat the Raiders 21-34 (lower score is better).

Speiker won the 5k race in 19:49.66 by nearly two minutes over Riverside Christian’s April Soelberg.

Other Hornets included Lisa Hartvig (5th, 24:12.01), Callie Barker (6th, 25:00.32), Aya Cruspero (8th, 27:47.19) and Celene Cisneros (9th, 28:00.42).

On the boys’ side, Diego Santana finished 11th (19:40.07) and Ronel Kee was 22nd (23:19.03).

Liberty Bell (20) defeated Manson (43) and Lake Roosevelt (70) for the league title, led by Liam Daily’s winning time of 17:03.29.

The Hornets will run on Friday, Oct. 26, at Irene Rinehart Park near Ellensburg in the Class 1B/2B District 5/6 Regional meet. The CWL teams will be joined by runners from Lyle, Bickleton and Yakama National Tribal School. The top two teams in both boys and girls divisions will head to state. On the girls’ side, only Oroville and Lake Roosevelt have full teams and so should be headed to state provided at least five runners participate at regionals.

For the boys, Liberty Bell and Bickleton will be the favorites among five eligible squads for state berths.

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About Brent Baker

Brent, is a former reporter/photographer for the Gazette-Tribune and sometimes works as a freelance sports reporter for the G-T. Prior to working at the G-T, he was the sports editor for Sunrise Publishing from 2000-2005 in Michigan. He subsequently owned and operated Buckland Media, a high school sports website, in Michigan until 2010. He and his wife Kim, who have an adult son, moved to Tonasket in 2010. Brent worked as a full time reporter/photographer at the G-T from 2011 - 2014).

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