Jackrabbit duo nab state course PRs
For the record, senior cross country runners Spencer Elmore and Victor Salgado accomplished their goals on Saturday.
Quite simply – they entered the WIAA/Dairy Farmers of Washington/Les Schwab Tires 2A State Cross Country Championships at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco to beat their personal best times.
Elmore crossed the finish line in 16 minutes, 29 seconds. It was a seven-second PR and he placed 26th. Salgado finished in 16:39 and placed 41st. He had a four-second PR.
“I thought they were doing great going by the first mile,” said coach Elijah Gregg. “They did what we talked about.
“I thought they looked good. When you looked at their faces they were relaxed.”
They both went out normally and after the first mile were back in the middle third of the field, with Elmore in the 50s. Salgado was a little farther behind, after slipping around the first corner on the course. He was in the 70s.
“It was a little corner, downhill, muddy and I slipped,” he said. “Another runner helped me up.”
He regained his footing and started to move up spots.
By the second mile he closed the gap and pulled into the upper-40s, while Elmore slipped inside the top-30.
The two finished strong with Elmore placing 26th and Salgado placing 41st. Elmore was eyeing a Top-25 finish and Salgado was seeking a Top-50 finish.
The 2A individual champion was Chad Stevens of Sehome. The East Valley of Spokane runner crossed the finish line in 15:27. On the girls side, Sehome’s Emily Pittis won in a time of 18:18.
The team titles went to Sehome. The Mariner boys won with 52 points and the Sehome girls won with 50 points.
Had the Jacks not moved up to the 2A classification the whole state experience would have been dramatically different for the Quincy boys.
According to Gregg, his boys team would have qualified for state at the 1A level. Not only that, Elmore and Salgado would have placed in the Top-16 and earned a state ribbon.
Elmore’s times would have have given him a ninth-place finish and Salgado’s time would have given him an 11th-place finish.