Wa-Hi's Nelson runs to second at Sunfair Invitational cross country meet

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YAKIMA - Aaron Nelson's second-place finish at the Sunfair Invitational at Franklin Park here Saturday paced the Wa-Hi cross country team's outing.

Nelson finished the 3-mile course in 15:15.5 in the fastest, seventh flight of the day, behind Dallin Farnsworth, out of Highlands in Pocatello, Idaho, who won in 15:06.9.

"Aaron ran a very smart and even race, but Dallin was able to pull away in the last 600 meters," Wa-Hi coach Mike Locati said. "Aaron was pleased with his performance. This performance may be one of the fastest, or the fastest, by a Wa-Hi runner at Sunfair, but I will have to check the records to confirm."

Rachel Nelson finished 20th in the girls' fastest flight in 19:48.7. Glacier Peak's Amy Neale won in 17:40.

"Rachel wasn't feeling well today, but I expect she will rebound quite well and be ready for our next meet," Locati said.

J.P. Wolpert finished third in the sixth flight in 16:02.1.

"(It was) also a great race by J.P.," Locati said. "He also was just outkicked the last part of the race. J.P. ran in first or second the majority of the race looking very much in control and running a very smart and tactical race."

Other Blue Devils runnin at Sunfair included Jocelyn Vargas (sixth flight, 40th, 22:46); Catherine Feistner (fifth flight, 40th, 23:20); Austin Morgan (fifth flight, 28th, 17:33); McKelle Wilwand (fourth flight, 45th, 23.21); Gregg Heller (fourth flight, 20th, 17:42); Sean Hollenbeck (third flight, 20th, 17.53); Ashley Taylor (second flight, 50th, 26:23); Sean Newcomb (second flight, 27th, 18.11); Cynthia Ongers (first flight, 61st, 28:13); Blake Gerling (first flight, 8th, 17.27).

"Blake had one of the better performances today," Locati said of Gerling's eight-place finish.

Wa-Hi next hosts a league meet at Fort Walla Walla on Oct. 14.

"We will be competing for the league title against a very strong Eisenhower team," Locati said of the final league meet of the season. "The meet will feature several of the top runners from the league. Times will be fast and competition fierce."

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