W-P qualifies boys, girls teams for state Class B cross country meet

Waitsburg-Prescott's boys and girls teams qualify, but Pomeroy, Dayton and WWVA are unable to qualify any runners to state.

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CLARKSTON — Waitsburg-Prescott qualified its boys and girls cross country teams for next week’s Class B state meet in Pasco during Thursday’s Southeast District meet that was held here and hosted by Asotin.


Waitsburg-Prescott’s boys team finished third and snagged the final team ticket to state. Tri-Cities Prep claimed the district team championship with 30 points, followed by St. John-Endicott at 65 annd W-P with 67.


Asotin won the girls title with 33 points and Waitsburg-Prescott placed second with 39 points. Only two girls squads qualify for state.


The top 15 individuals in the boys race also earned state berths and the top 10 girls will advance based on their individual performances.


Cody Siegel of St. John-Endicott was the boys medalist in a time of 16 minutes, 57.4 seconds on the 5,000-meter course. Laura Fowler of Asotin paced all girls in a time of 20:29.2.


Three of Waitsburg-Prescott’s boys finished among the individual qualifiers. Seth Deal, a freshman, ran third in 17:01.16, senior Michael Montgomery placed 10th in 17:50.19, and Nick Carpenter, a junior, was 13th in 18:02.03.


Other W-P runners in the boys competition were Josh Smith, 25th, 19:34.24; Matthew Montgomery, 27th, 19:53.43; and Zac Brown, 44th, 22:39.41.


Likewise, three of Waitsburg-Prescott’s girls would have also qualified for state via individual performances. Sophomore Kristin Potter clocked 20:53.63 in taking third place, junior Isabel Benito was fifth in 20:04.01 and senior Maya Garcia claimed seventh place in 21:12.26.


Sara Lepape finished 19th for W-P in 23:23.98, Maryalice Potolicchio was 22nd in 24:06.47, and Christy Poirier was 28th in 28:53.16.


Pomeroy, Dayton and Walla Walla Valley Academy also participated in the district meet but failed to advance runners to state.


The Pirates’ Joel Meyers narrowly missed earning a state ducat when he finished 16th in the boys race in 18:16.55. Other Pirate boys were Robert Adams, 36th, 21:00.19; Kia Ledgerwood, 40th, 21:55.27; Derek Anderson, 41st, 22:00.09; Jaxson Taylor, 43rd, 22:21.75; Samuel Carlson, 45th, 23:09.72; and Brendan Ren, 46th, 23:10.16.


Pomeroy’s fastest girl was Brielle Hocking, who placed 24th in 25:16.96. Catherine DellaMaggiora, Pomeroy’s only other entry, finished 29th in 32:44.43.


For Dayton, Marshall Nechodom ran 33rd in the boys race in 20:37.91, Nick Owens was 37th in 21:20.31, Jaron Button placed 47th in 23:45.44 and Chance Wilkening was 48th in 24:22.68. Dayton’s only girl, April Davis, finished 30th in 33:08.54.


Walla Walla Valley Academy’s lone entry in the boys race, Chinonso Opara, was caught in 19:58.80 to finish 29th. For the WWVA girls, Casey Roosma placed 16th in 22:45.94 and Kamia Salango was 26th in 27:46.47.


There were a total of 50 boys and 30 girls entered in the event.


Individual state qualifiers


BOYS


1, Cody Siegel, St. John-Endicott, 16:57.4;2, Nick Lumetta, Tri-Cities Prep, 16:58; 3, Seth Deal, Waitsburg-Prescott, 17:01.2; 4, John Talbot, Liberty Christian, 17:19.5; 5, Samuel Mota-Martinez, Tri-Cities Prep, 17:21.7; 6, Nick Tudor, Tri-Cities Prep, 17:34.2; 7, Chase Teigen, Asotin, 17:35.3; 8, Skyler Larson, Tri-Cities Prep, 17:43.5; 9, Nick Fong, Tri-Cities Prep, 17:44.6; 10, Michael Montgomery, Waitsburg-Prescott, 17:50.2; 11, Caleb Rich, St. John-Endicott, 17:57.1; 12, Daniel Foust, Tri-Cities Prep, 17:57.5; 13, Nick Carpenter, Waitsburg-Prescott, 18:02; 14, Aaron Cochrane, Kahlotus, 18:04.9; 15, Jason Swannack, St. John-Endicott, 18:08.5.


GIRLS


1, Laura Fowler, Asotin, 20:29.2; 2, Natalie April, Liberty Christian, 20:42.5; 3, Kristin Potter, Waitsburg-Prescott, 20:53.6; 4, Callie Kolb, St. John-Endicott, 21:01.3; 5, Isabel Benito, Waitsburg-Prescott, 21:04; 6, Sadie Johnson, Asotin, 21:05.9; 7, Maya Garcia, Waitsburg-Prescott, 21:12.3; 8, Johann Roach, Tri-Cities Prep, 21:17.3; 9, Sigourney Gundy, Asotin, 21:27.6; 10, Amber Buchanon, Liberty Christian, 21:39.6

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