PASCO -- Waitsburg-Prescott sent both boys and girls cross country teams to the state meet together for the first time Saturday, and coming home with ninth and eighth-place finishes, respectively.
It was the first time the girls team had ever been to state.
"Eighth place out of eight teams was a disappointment," W-P coach Joanna Lanning said. "We've struggled with illness this season and with those runners their lack of base hurt them."
"Our top three girls, Kristin Potter, Isabel Benito and Maya Garcia ran well, but there was too much of a gap between them and the rest of the team (to finish higher)."
Potter finished 24th with a time of 22:03, Benito 34th in 22:40, and Garcia in 38th in 22:48.
"I was very happy with the boys' ninth-place finish, last year we were 16th," Lanning said. "We were only two points behind the eighth-place team, White Pass. Freshman Seth Deal did tremendous, and Nick Carpenter, who has been ill much of the season, also had a good race."
Deal led the W-P boys with 21st-place finish in 18:04. Carpenter took 35th in 18:29.
Michael Montgomery, (66th, 19:12), John Hockersmith, (105th, 20:17), Matthew Montgomery, (115th, 21:01), and Zac Brown (129th, 24:03) rounded out W-P's boys finishers.
The other three W-P girls runners were MaryAlice Potolicchio (63rd, 26:26), Sara LePape (67th, 27:54) and Christy Poirier (68th, 30:34).
Northwest Christian of Lacey took top team honors in both boys and girls races.
Northwest Christian's boys scored 83 points, Republic finished second with 95 and Mossyrock claimed third with 118.
Northwest Christian's Lucas Graham and Justin Holden took the top two spots in the boys race with times of 16:25 and 16:41, respectively.
Northwest Christian's girls blew away their competition with a miniscule 28 points. White Pass edged Northwest Christian of Colbert for second place, 86 to 87.
All seven of Northwest Christian of Lacey's runners finished in the top 21 spots -- five in the top 11.
Colfax's lone qualifier, Morgan Willson, took the girls title in a time of 18:36, nearly a full minute ahead of White Pass's Mikel Elliott who finished second in 19:23.