Tonasket runners prep for regionals

CHELAN – The Tonasket cross country teams warmed up for this Friday’s state-qualifying regional meet by running at the Caribou Trail League championship meet on Thursday, Oct. 18.

Though official results had yet to be posted by the hosts as of Monday afternoon, Tonasket coach Bob Thornton was pleased with the performances of several of the Tigers.

Alex Avilez earned second-team all-CTL honors and Jessica Puente was honorable mention.

“Both Jenna Valentine and Claire Thornton ran good, solid races,” Thornton said. “For the boys, Alex has a good shot of being in the top 15 at the regional meet and qualifying for state. Adrian McCarthy ran his best race of the year and is really coming on strong at the end of his freshman season.”

The Tigers run at Wenatchee’s Walla Walla State Park on Friday, Oct. 26, beginning at 1:00 p.m. The District 6/7 regional features teams from the Caribou Trail and Northeast A Leagues. The top three teams and top 15 individuals in both the boys and girls races will advance to the state finals meet Nov. 3 in Pasco.

About Brent Baker

Brent is a reporter for the Gazette-Tribune. 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 started work at the G-T in 2011.

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