Wa-Hi harriers race to solid day at MCC meet

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KENNEWICK — Both Wa-Hi boys and girls teams raced to strong finishes at a Mid-Columbia Conference at Scott Park in Kennewick here Thursday.

The girls won 4-of-5 head-to-head contests, with their only loss coming to Richland, 21-35 (where the team with the lower score wins).

The girls defeated Kamiakin 27-28, Hanford 16-45, Chiawana 15-44 and Southridge 21-36.

“I am very pleased by their effort,” Wa-Hi coach Michael Locati said of the Blue Devil girls. “We are looking forward to heading into the postseason. The girls believe their best running is still to come.”

The boys won 5-of-7 competitions, falling to Kamiakin (19-42) and Richland (27-30), and beating Kennewick 19-41, Pasco 15-50, Hanford 24-31, Chiawana 17-41 and Southridge 21-38.

“Guys’ varsity had a tough time against the league-leading Kamiakin boys, but came ever-so-close to beating Richland this time around,” Locati said. “They just beat us last time and again this time. We have shown improvement.”

Richland’s Michael Williams won the boys 3-mile race with the only sub-15-minute time of the day at 14:59.5.

Wa-Hi’s best finishers were Sean Newcomb (fifth, 15:13.1) and Ben Wolpert (sixth, 15:19.3).

Zach Telfer placed 17th in 16:34.8; Juan Cortez 19th in 16:37.5; Dan Butler 31st in 17:27.8; C. Reid Reinninger 33rd in 17:38.5; and Lucas Larreau 39th in 18:17.7.

Lindsey Bradley won the girls side in 17:09.6.

“I was pleased with the running from Sean (Newcomb) and Ben (Wolpert),” Locati said. “They competed well and continue to solidify themselves as two of the league’s best. Today’s run by Zack (Telfer) and Juan (Cortez) was a breakthrough for them. They were excited about their performance today.”

Courtney Cox led the Blue Devils with a fifth-place finish in 18:32.9.

Rachel Nelson finished eighth in 18:57.5.

Hannah Hampson and finished back-to-back, 11th and 12th, in 19:07.8 and 19:12.6, respectively.

Lea Davidson placed 18th in 19:41.9; Ashley Cornia 24th in 20:03.4; and Jenny Wall 37th in 21:13.4.

“Having Rachel Nelson back was the boost we needed,” Locati said. “The performances by all top-5 girls were noteworthy. It was the second-half race effort by the girls and a determination to not concede that allowed them to run the times they did today.”

The Blue Devils race again Thursday at a District 5 3A/4A meet in Hanford.

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