Waitsburg-Prescott's Deal fourth of 157 at Wildhorse XC Invite

Runners also represented Mac-Hi, Weston-McEwen and Walla Walla Valley Academy.


PENDLETON - Waitsburg-Prescott's Seth Deal finished fourth to pace local harriers at the Kyle Burnside Memorial Wildhorse Invite at Wildhorse Golf Course Friday.

Deal finished the 5,000-meter course in 16:43.96, behind three Hermiston runners including the winner, Javier Velasco, who finished in 16:18.06.

Other W-P finishers in the top 100 of the boys field - which featured 157 runners - were Nick Carpenter (30th, 18:07.30), Matthew Montgomery (65th, 19:05.89), Erik Sandoval (68th, 19:13.81) and E.J. Meserve (83rd, 19:45.65).

W-P girls Isabela Benito (52nd, 23:16.62) and Anjelica Bedolla (89th 27:48.77) were their team's top finishers.

"I thought we did good with the size of the schools," W-P coach Joanna Lanning said.

W-P was one of two ‘B' schools at the 16-team event.

"It was a great way to end the (regular) season," she said. "Next up is District Oct. 28."

W-P's boys team also was named the Washington State Academic champions at the Class 2B level with a 3.7 grade point average.

"That's pretty exciting," Lanning said. "They'll be acknowledged at state."

Mac-Hi had a pair of runners place in the top 25 of their respective races - Emily Childers and Lucas Simpson.

Childers finished 23rd in 21:41.85. Kathleen Hopkins (73rd, 24:49.32) and Ellie Meza (99th 34:54.38) also competed in the girls race.

Simpson placed 25th in 17:53.75. The best of the rest for the Mac-Hi boys were John Lonai (28th, 18:05.55), Kaleb Taylor (56th, 18:56.08), Ethan Taylor (74th, 19:24.70), and David Camarena (79th, 19:39.07).

"I think the team came together. We've got a good, solid group of runners," Mac-Hi coach John Milleson said. "It was a great meet for us all the way around. The boys performed as well, if not better, than I expected. We finalized the six and seventh spots on the team, and look forward to the district meet next Saturday at Baker."

Milleson said he expects the entire Pioneer boys team to advance from district to the state meet in Eugene on Nov. 6.

"I look forward to Lucas (Simpson) leading us there," he said.

Weston-McEwen had four runners - three girls - finish as high as 95th. They were Danielle Hinchliff (76th, 25:23.48), Melissa Huskey (92nd, 29:14.32), Lizzy Huskey (95th 31:03.32), and Daniel Winn (94th, 20:15.43).

Walla Walla Valley Academy's Lauren Spicklemier was 91st in the girls race in 28:25.66.


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