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10/10/2012 2:40:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Cashmere Cross Country teams looking very strong
“I was very pleased with how we competed” – John Durheim Cashmere Head Coach
Kacie Thrift
Staff Writer

The Cashmere boys and girl cross country teams had runners with personal best times at the meet on Oct. 2 in Omak to take first place overall.

The boys scored 38 points to beat out Caribou Trail League competitor Quincy, who came in second with 51 points. Republic finished third with 93 points and Chelan finished in fourth place with 98 points. The boys competed against eight other schools.

Cashmere Head Coach John Durheim said the teams have only have had only four practices since the fires started four meets ago.

The boys top runner, Drew Van Polen, came in second place beating his previous 5,000 meter race time by over a minute. Van Polen ran across the finish line in 16:34, 8 seconds behind Quincy's Salgado.

Freshman Jonathan Mangas beat his personal record by almost two minutes when he came in fourth place with a time of 16:56.

The next Bulldog to finish the race was senior Dawson Taylor who came in eighth place in 17:26. Taylor also had a personal best time for the 2012 season.

In 12th place was Cashmere's Oliver Fernandez who finished the race in 17:35. Teammate Ricardo Naranjo finished 15 seconds later in 16th place.

Freshman Cole Paton ran the race in 18:14 for 22nd place and junior Brock Steele finished in 18:31.

"I was very pleased with how we competed," Durheim said. "It was a little bit unexpected because we did work hard on Monday [Oct. 1] running the halls and stairs at the middle school."

The girls team also performed well scoring 32 points for the win. Quincy came in second place with more than double the amount points Cashmere scored. CTL competitors Chelan, finished in third with 66 points, and Omak with 78 points. There were eight teams total competing.

Senior Angela Knishka won the race in 18:53, which is a personal best time for her this season. This time ranks Knishka at number two in the state for 1A.

Another Cashmere senior, Kea Paton, finished the race in second place with a time of 20:39. Teammate Sydney Green finished shortly after in fifth place with a time of 21:15.

The next Cashmere girl to finish was Ashton Weddle in 11th place with a time of 22:10. Sophomore Jasmine Gonzalez finished 15 seconds later in 13th place with a time of 22:25.

Senior Molly Kenoyer finished the 5,000 meter race in 24:33 for 32nd place. Sophomore Stefanie Rosales also competed for the Bulldogs varsity team finishing the race in 29:06.

"Because each race has been at a different venue from previous years it's difficult to tell how much progress we are making. It's impossible to pick one runner out for special recognition when everyone ran good races," Durheim said.

The boys varsity team headed to Richland on Oct. 6 for the Richland Invitational.

"It was nice being out of the smoke and the boys ran well," Durheim said.

Van Polen raced with a tough field and finished in 10th place with a time of 17:04. Mangas came in 23rd place finishing in 17:22.

"Jonathan Mangas ran an exceptional race," Durheim said.

Fernandez finished in 52nd place with a time of 18:00. Naranjo was the next Cashmere runner to finish. His time was 18:25. Durheim said Steele has been getting better every race. Steele finished half a minute after Naranjo with a time of 18:56.

Durheim said the team was without many of the runners over the weekend due to SAT tests and other engagements.

The boys junior varsity team ran at the Cascade Invitational and Durheim said many of the runners had their best race of the year.

The next cross county meet for both the boys and girls cross country team will be on Thursday in Wenatchee at Walla Walla Point Park.

Kacie Thrift may be reached at 782-3781 or reporter@cashmerevalleyrecord.com.

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