Seth Deal bests 154 runners, places first at Connell Invite Saturday

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CONNELL, Wash. - Waitsburg-Prescott's Seth Deal placed first among a field of 154 runners here Saturday during the Connell Invitational cross country meet.

Deal finished the five-kilometer course in 16 minutes, 51 seconds.

"It was a new course this year, so you can't really compare his time this year to last year," W-P coach Joanna Lanning said. "It was extremely hot and dusty, so it was very challenging with the heat and the terrain."

Runners had to endure a temperature of 88 degrees and a course that provided a long, slow climb, Lanning said.

"It was pretty brutal," Lanning said. "He (Deal) knows the right time to make a move and he just pulled away."

Sophomore E.J. Meserve finished 45th in 19:28 and Trent Hafen was 113th with a 21:39 mark for W-P.

"He did good. He keeps improving," Lanning said of Meserve. "It's hard to say because his time was a minute off what he ran last week.

"We may pull him until he feels better," Lanning said of the injured Hafen. "He might not even run for a few meets."

Dayton's Micah Yeater finished 110th in 21:25.7.

On the girls side, Samura Miller was Dayton's top finisher. She placed 74th in 29:38.1.

W-P's next action is a league meet on Wednesday to be hosted by St.John-Endicott.

Pioneers navigate Hells Gate with a third-place finish

LEWISTON - Mac-Hi's boys varsity cross country team finished third at the Lewiston Invitational at Hells Gate State Park Friday.

"We had a great day," Pioneers coach John Milleson said. "The temperature was unbearably hot - 95 degrees. The temperature took its toll on all the kids, but we did well."

Eleven teams were on hand for the 5,000-meter race.

Mac-Hi's Lucas Simpson finished fourth in 18:25.16. Jesus Saldana was seventh in 18:56.11, Andrew Kain 16th in 20:03.36, and Juan Diaz 21st in 20:41.68, Abraham Garcia 27th in 21:43.99, Ethan Taylor 30th in 22:13.25 and Miguel Medina 37th in 23:03.66.

Paul Ryan from Logos High in Moscow, Idaho, won the race in 16:51.38.

On the girls side, Mac-Hi's Kristi Childers finished 13th in 25:48.99.

"It was a good race for her," Milleson said.

The Pioneers head to Enterprise, Ore., Friday.

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