Cruz, Westra lead XC team
The Jackrabbit harriers had a busy second half of the week with a league meet in Prosser on Thursday and an invitational in Prosser on Saturday.
After all the dust settled Daniel Cruz and Dezarae Westra emerged as the team’s clear-cut number-one runners. Cruz showed his mettle on Saturday.
The junior found himself finishing behind six Ephrata runners in Prosser. He placed 17th out of 31 runners and clocked in at 20 minutes, 3 seconds in the 5,000 meter race.
On Saturday, Cruz was able to break up the Tigers’ pack and beat out two of their runners. He had a time of 19:36 on the 5,000 meter course. He was 60th out 145 runners.
“He beat three of their top-5 on Saturday,” said coach Greg Martinez.
Cruz ran his race more consistently on Saturday and he was able to run a faster time.
“I think his mile splits were closer on Saturday,” said coach Elijah Gregg. “The course was more challenging on Saturday.”
The Jacks sent four freshmen and one sophomore to represent Quincy at the league meet against Ephrata, Toppenish and Prosser. Gregg said he has a young, but promising team.
“We’ve got a lot of freshmen,” he said. “I’m excited. They are good runners who need more training.”
Ephrata 23, Prosser 44, Toppenish 60, Quincy 109
17, Cruz, 20:03; 24, Beto Nunez (frosh) 20:32, 25, Gonzalo Birrueta (frosh) 20:38, 26, Damion Casillas-Ramirez (frosh) 20:47), 28, Jesus Buenrostro (frosh) 21:23, 29, Brandon Melburn (soph) 21:28.
61, Cruz 19:36; 85, Nunez 20:17; 98, Melburn 21:01; 101, Casillas-Ramirez 21:04; 109, Birrueta 21:21; Buenrostro 21:29, Nate Ramirez (frosh) 21:49.
Westra placed eighth in Prosser with a time of 23:27. The senior was the Lady Jacks top runner by more that two minutes. She was also able to break up a clean sweep by Ephrata.
But the surprise of the week came from senior Hannah Safe. She opened the week as the team’s eighth runner and finished as the No. 3 runner for the Lady Jacks. She placed 21st in a time of 28:18.
“Hannah jumped from our eighth to our third,” Martinez said. “She was consistent. Her splits were closer than the other girls.”
On Saturday she had a time of 27:59 and was the team’s second runner to cross the finish line.
Ephrata 24, Prosser 42, Toppenish 82, Quincy 91
8, Westra 23:27; Kateri Rowell (sr) 25:55; 21, Safe 28:18; 22, Jazmine Benitez (soph) 29:03; 23, Eli Castro (sr) 29:04; 24, Ivania Chavez (frosh) 29:29; 25, Hannah Soelter (soph) 30:42.
34, Westra 24:16; 67, Safe 27:59; 69, Benitez; 72, Castro 29:14; 75, Chavez 30:04; 79, Torrie Wilson (sr) 32:03.
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