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Posted on Oct 19, 2017

Top 10 finish for Heikes in Leavenworth

This article was originally published Oct. 12.

Bryn Heikes earned a ninth-place finish at the Leavenworth Cross Country Invitational meet Oct. 7.
“Any time you get a top 10 in any race, that’s a good thing,” said coach Greg Martinez of Heikes’ performance.
Heikes’ finish was the lone top-10 placing for the Jacks, who traveled to the Bavarian Village and braved the slopes of Ski Hill with a short-handed squad due to academic commitments.
“It’s a cross country ski course so the entire course is up and down, we don’t race anything else like that,” said Martinez, who added that the course in Cowiche, where the district meet will take place, has a hill right in the middle of it, so running Ski Hill counts as a “hill workout” for the week.
Gonzalo Birrueta also had a good race for the Jacks, finishing 27th out of almost 200 runners.
“His splits were really impressive,” Martinez said. “Probably the best I have seen of him in the last two years.”
On Oct. 5, the girls’ squad traveled to Grandview and finished second in a four-team meet. The team finished ahead of Toppenish and the Greyhounds, and only three points behind first-place Prosser. The boys finished third, ahead of Toppenish and behind first-place Prosser and second-place Grandview.
Martinez said the team has a shot at getting at least one girl and one boy into the postseason, with a couple more runners on the bubble, with a shot at the postseason if their times drop a bit between now and the end of the regular season.
The team’s conditioning has improved with time. The first week of the season, the long run during practice lasted about 23 to 29 minutes. Now the team’s long run lasts 37-47 minutes.
“Every week we are adding two to three minutes,” he said.

Sebastian Moraga, qvprsports@gmail.com

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