Blue Devil girls place fourth out of 34 teams at Highlander Invitational

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SPOKANE — Walla Walla High School’s girls cross country team placed fourth out of 34 teams Saturday at the 2.5-mile Highlander Invitational

Mt. Spokane won the meet with 93 points, Lakeside placed second with 104, and Richland third with 110. Wa-Hi had 113 points.

“It was such an exciting race to watch as our girls really laid it out there,” Wa-Hi coach Michael Locati said. “Some of the results were kind of unexpected as we had some younger girls perform quite well. Their performance allowed us to be in the hunt with three of the best teams in state.”

In the girls’ varsity race, junior Courtney Cox placed third with a time of 15 minutes and 18 seconds. Seniors Hannah Hampson was 17th (16:11) and Jenny Wall was 32nd with a time of 17:00.

Lea Davidson was 33rd (17:00), freshman Erika Leinweber 35th got 17:01 and junior Talyah Nelson finished 37th (17:03).

On the boys’ side, the best times were senior Juan Cortez (13:44) and junior Isaac Mata timed in at 14:20.

Five other boys finished under 15 minutes including Blase Wolpert (14:36), Danny Butler (14:38), Jacob Leinweber (14:46), Michael Anderson (14:49 and Alex Iben (14:49).

Wa-Hi’s boys did not compete as a team.

The cross country team will break until September 26th, the first league meet at Fort Walla Walla Park.

“It should be a great day to be a Blue Devil,” Locati said.

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