Youngsters hold their own at Leavenworth XC invite
Sporting few experienced runners, the Quincy Jacks boys cross country team had to rely on an infusion of youth to make a notable showing at the Leavenworth InvitationalCross Country meet.
Against tall odds, the contingent of freshmen did itself proud on Ski Hill, putting up some good marks and capping the tough uphill race with some strong finishes.
With several runners like Chris Quintero, the Buenrostro brothers and Carlos Ortiz taking the SATs and with veteran Gonzalo Birrueta sidelined by a foot injury, varsity newbies like Ecduy Gordillo, Camilo Grace and Israel Perez faced off against the rather Sherpa-worthy slopes of Ski Hill in the town known as the Bavarian Village, anchored by veterans like junior Oswaldo Perez.
“It went very well,” the boys coach Chelsea Keene said. “Our freshmen had to run in the varsity race and ran one of their best races.”
She added, “They were able to hold their pace the whole time and run competitively. It was nice to see them go out there and push it.”
Sophomore Omar Ramos led the Quincy squad with a time of 17:16.09 minutes, good enough for 59th place.
Junior Oswaldo Perez finished two spots behind him with a time of 17:17.40.
Senior Damian Casillas finished in 125th place with 18:52.40 minutes and frosh Gordillo finished in 147th place with a time of 19:35.50.
Tyler Wurl finished in 152nd place with 19:48.80, freshman Grace finished a spot behind Wurl with 19:51.7.
Birrueta had already been signed up to race when the coaches decided to let him rest his foot, so Grace appeared listed as Birrueta on the final score sheet posted by www.athletic.net.
Frosh Israel Perez finished a spot behind Grace with a time of 19:57.20 minutes.
Selah’s Shae Mattson finished in first place with a time of 15 minutes, nine seconds.
The Vikings won the meet with 130 points. The Jacks finished in 23rd place with 538 points.
Among girls, Quincy’s standouts Jane Kennedy and Brynn Heikes had good races, with Heikes finishing in 22nd place with 20:07.79 minutes, and Kennedy finishing in 32nd place with 20:38.80 minutes.
“They did fantastic,” girls coach Tanja Medrano said. “They were both feeling a bit tired after Thursday(‘s race) and these hills are not an easy course, but they did very well. They are right on track where they need to be.”
About 227 runners competed in the girls’ race, which mixed varsity and JV runners together.
Novie McCabe, of Liberty Bell, took first place with 17:27 minutes. Liberty Bell took first place among teams, with 51 points.
Next up for the Quincy runners is a trip to Wapato to match up against the hosts and Othello on Oct. 11.
Then, the team travels to Ellensburg Oct. 18 to compete against the Bulldogs and the Ephrata Tigers.
After that, the postseason begins. Districts is in Cowiche, and state is in Pasco.
By Sebastian Moraga, email@example.com