Waitsburg-Prescott's Deal takes first in Richland cross country meet

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RICHLAND - Waitsburg-Prescott sophomore Seth Deal finished a three-mile race in 16:22.88, taking first place and a new personal best, competing with 95 boys at the Richland Invitational cross country meet Saturday.

"Seth ran a very smart race," said W-P coach Joanna Lanning. "The second half of the race, he got out in front and then held the lead the entire way."

The W-P boys finished 11th out of 13 complete teams at the race.

Lanning said the No. 2 boy, taking the SAT exam, was missing.

"So that caused us to finish lower in the standings than we normally would have," she said.

Isabela Benito, W-P's lone girl, finished 11th of 71 girls in 21:23.36.

Matthew Montgomery was 67th for W-P in 18.57.05, Erik Sandoval finished 75th in 19:08.01 and E.J. Meserve was 89th in 20:36.15.

Districts are two weeks away.

But first is a league meet with all the schools at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

"I'm very happy with the athletes and we are looking forward to districts," Lanning said.

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