Deal paces Waitsburg-Prescott runners in Hermiston

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HERMISTON - Waitsburg's Seth Deal finished seventh and Isabela Benito placed 12th here Saturday during the Brooks Runner Soul Cross Country Fest.

Deal was clocked in 17:08.54 in the boys race while Benito finished the girls meet in 22:06.58. Both races were 5,000 meters.

"I'm really pleased because this is the best start we've ever had," Waitsburg coach Joanna Lanning said. "I didn't think we'd do this well because of the caliber of runners."

Mac-Hi's Kathleen Hopkins was 54th in the girls race with a mark of 26:14.58.

A total of 79 runners representing 21 schools were on hand.

Waitsburg will be at the Clarkston Invite next Saturday.

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