Wa-Hi boys, girls harriers 4-2 in Yakima

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YAKIMA - Wa-Hi's boys and girls cross country teams each posted 4-2 records here Thursday during the first of two Big Nine Conference Class 4A meets.

The Blue Devil boys defeated Chiawana, Richland, Davis and Moses Lake while losing to Eisenhower and Wenatchee. The girls came away victorious over Chiawana, Wenatchee, Davis and Moses Lake and lost to Eisenhower and Richland.

Wenatchee senior Jacob Smith was the boys medalist in a time of 15 minutes, 29.90 seconds over the 3-mile course.

Wa-Hi's best time was turned in by senior JP Wolpert, who finished fifth in a time of 16:15.50. He was followed by junior Sean Newcomb, eighth, 16:43.04; senior Greggory Heller, 16th, 17:15.69; senior Blake Gerling, 19th, 17:33.70; senior Sean Hollenbeck, 21st, 17:38.39; freshman Ben Wolpert, 25th, 17:56.04; and senior Ty Hafen, 29th, 18:05.15.

There were 47 boys entered in the varsity race.

On the girls' side, senior Kaitlin Kaluzny of Davis led the way with a winning time of 18:49.59.

Junior Rachel Nelson was Wa-Hi's leader, placing fifth in 19:58.31. She was followed by sophomore Hannah Hampson, seventh, 20:32.57; sophomore Catherine Feistner, 15th, 21:44.92; sophomore Lea Davidson, 17th, 21:48.60; senior Jocelyn Vargas, 32nd, 22:29.35; senior Mckelle Willand, 34th, 22:49.59; and freshman Emily Atkinson, 37th, 23:39.67.

The girls field was 43 runners strong.

"We still have some work to do, but these are good results," Wa-Hi coach Mike Locati said. "As best we can to close the gap between runners, the better we will be.

"But it was good to see how we stack up at this point," Locati added. "I believe we can close the gap on the teams we lost to. Richland's girls beat us by just one point."

The competition is stiff in the Big Nine, Locati pointed out.

"Right now Eisenhower's boys and girls are ranked No. 2 in the state, and the Wenatchee boys are ranked No. 4," the coach said.

Wa-Hi's girls are ranked No. 6 statewide and the boys are No. 8, Locati said.

Wa-Hi is scheduled to compete in the University of Washington Invitational Saturday in Seattle.

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