Cross country team set for big challenge at districts
Quincy’s cross country team had one last strong showing before districts, competing against Ellensburg and Ephrata at the former’s Rotary Park on Oct. 18.
Jane Kennedy finished in third place among girls with 20 minutes 31 seconds, and Gonzalo Birrueta finished in fourth place among boys with 17 minutes and 17 seconds.
In addition, five more runners finished in the top 20.
Among boys, Oswaldo Perez finished eighth with 17:56 minutes, Omar Ramos finished 11th with 17:56 minutes, Chris Quintero finished 18:41 minutes and Jose Buenrostro finished 18th with 18:57 minutes. Among girls, Bryn Heikes finished sixth with 20:59 minutes.
The course was a true 5k race, which means it was a little longer than a three-miler, co-head coach Chelsea Keene said.
“The girls were very consistent and I like to see that this time of year,” she said. Rotary Park was a course with a lot of grass and gravel, which makes for slower times, co-head coach Tanja Medrano said, but the runners recover easier from it than if it were asphalt, she added.
Just outside the top 20 stood Jesus Buenrostro among boys (24th, 19:45 minutes) and Anne Safe among girls (24th, 25:32 minutes.)
Closing out the Quincy contingent was Daisy Ramirez among girls, finishing 32nd out of 40 runners with 27:15 minutes. Among boys, Daniel Castillo finished 27th with 20:02 minutes, Tyler Wurl finished 33rd with 20:24 minutes, Damian Casillas finished 35th with 20:28 minutes, Ecduy Gordillo finished 43rd with 21:01 minutes, Israel Perez finished 44th with 21:09 minutes, Camilo Grace finished 47th with 21:30 minutes and Victor Mata finished 58th with 22:35 minutes.
Sixty-nine runners competed in the boys’ race. The boys team finished in second place, beating Ephrata.
The entirety of the varsity squad will run districts, with a few exceptions. Quintero, Ramirez, Carlos Ortiz and Buenrostro brothers will take the ACTs and miss the district race. Gordillo, Wurl, and Castillo will be among some of the runners who will take the place of the missing runners.
The top 21 individual male and female runners at districts make it to state. Districts is this weekend in Cowiche, at the Apple Ridge Golf Course.
By Sebastian Moraga, email@example.com