XC collectively runs PRs at home meet
Quincy High School runner Gonzalo Birrueta shone in his first home cross meet last Thursday.
The freshman entered the league meet against Selah and Wapato as the Jacks No. 3 runner, but ended as the team’s top harrier. He placed ninth out of 21 runners and clocked in at 18 minutes, 45 seconds on the 5,000 meter course.
“Gonzalo was a surprise,” said coach Elijah Gregg. “He was our number-one runner. He might have had a two-minute PR.”
Birrueta was even better than the coach thought after posting a 2:36 improvement.
“He was in the 20’s in Wenatchee and the 18’s here,” said Gregg.
Birrueta looked like he would challenge for the team’s top runner, but an early season injury slowed him down. But he has healed up over the last several weeks and started to pick up the pace.
“He is starting to feel better,” said Gregg. “He’s back to being the guy leading us in practice.”
Fellow freshmen Beto Nunez, Damion Casillas-Ramirez and Jesus Buenrostro also picked up big PRs. Nunez (12th, 19:15) had a 62 second improvement, Casillas-Ramirez (16th, 20:04) had a 60-second improvement and Buenrostro (21st, 21:16) had a 57-second improvement.
“They did well today,” said Gregg. “There were a lot of PRs. It’s good to see their hard work pay off.”
Junior Daniel Cruz placed 17th in a time of 20:13, junior Cyril Berndt was 19th in 20:28 and sophomore Brandon Melburn was 20th in 20:32.
Team scores: Selah 15, Wapato 56, Quincy 73.
Senior Dezarae Westra paced Quincy for the fourth straight meet and had a season’s best time.. She placed fourth out of 16 runners with a time of 22:34. Kateri Rowell had a 71-second improvement, while placing ninth in a time of 23:33.
“I did good today. I passed some people and did not get passed,” said Rowell.
Eli Castro (12th, 24:57), Torrie Wilson (13, 26;35), Jaelyn Zuniga-Diaz (14, 26:40) and Jazmine Benitez (15th, 26:50) all had career best times on a 5,000 meter course.
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