PASCO — The Columbia Basin sent its brightest and best cross country distance runners to the WIAA State Cross Country Championships at Sun Willows Golf Course in Paco on Saturday.
Three-time state qualifier Joshua Cooper of Moses Lake finished 104 in the final race of his high school career. Cooper was the lone Chief in the field and clocked a time of 16 minutes, 53.20 seconds to finish 104th in the Class 4A race.
Quincy’s Jane Kennedy (21:13.20) and Adrianna Redstar (21:36.70) of Ephrata finished in the top 75 in the 2A girls race. Kennedy was 53rd and Redstar finished 71st.
Wahluke’s Yerik Allerano (17:39.70) finished 53rd in the 1A boys race and Rudy Flores (17:50.40) of Royal was 68th. Flores dedicated his season and race to the memory of Silver Beltran, who passed away last summer.
In the 1A girls race, Royal’s Abby Delay (21:32.90) and Sydney Gilbert (21:44.50) finished 70th and 75th, respectively, to lead the Knight contingent.
4A Boys state cross country championships
104. Joshua Cooper, Moses Lake, 16:53.20
2A Girls state cross country championships
53. Jane Kennedy, Quincy, 21:13.20
71. Adrianna Redstar, Ephrata, 21:36.70
1A Girls state cross country championships
70. Abby Delay, Royal, 21:32.9
75. Sydney Gilbert, Royal, 21:44.50
104. Aliyan Finch, Royal, 22:32.2
126. Ana Villafana, Royal, 23:11.40
133. Sydney Burk, Royal, 23:29.90
135. Amanda Justo-Victoriano, Royal, 23:42.40
141. Abby Wood, Royal, 23:57.20
1A Boys state cross country championships
53. Yerik Allerano, Wahluke, 17:39.70
68. Rudy Flores, Royal, 17:50.40
113. Fernando Alvarado, Royal, 18:22.3
119. Tanu Buck, Wahluke, 18:28.70
— Staff report