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11/7/2012 1:14:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Bulldogs cross county compete at State
Kacie Thrift
Staff Writer

The boys cross country team along with two runners from the girls team headed to Pasco last weekend where they competed in the State Tournament at the Sun Willows Golf Course.

The 3-mile-run started early on the morning of Nov. 3 at 10:30 for the girls. Angela Knishka and Kea Paton qualified for the meet during the Bi-District race on Oct. 26.

"The weather was good at the race but at 10:30 when the girls ran the course, it was still wet, soft, and slow," Cashmere Head Coach, John Durheim said.

Senior Knishka ran her best race of the season as she ran across the finish line in 19:38 for 10th place overall. Knishka finished a minute faster than her first 5k run of the 2012 season.

Paton also ran her best race of the season coming in 31st place with a time of 20:24. Paton cut off over two minutes from her first 5k run of the 2012 season.

"Kea and Angela both ran good races. Angela ran much better on Saturday [Nov. 3] than the week before," Durheim said.

The boys team came in ninth place over all after scoring 219 points finishing in front of Royal and Toledo. Charles Wright Academy took first place with 87 points. Lakeside, Medical Lake, and Kings followed taking second through fourth place.

"It was a good showing considering all that happened this year," Durheim said.

Junior Drew Van Polen was the first Bulldog runner to come across the finish line. Van Polen finished in 17:26, his best time of the season, for 50th place.

Senior Dawson Taylor finished shortly after his teammate in 17:40 for 66th place. Jonathan Mangas finished one second later for 67th place.

Ricardo Naranjo and Oliver Fernandez finished one after another in 76th and 77th place. Naranjo finished with a time of 17:49 and Fernandez finished in 17:53.

Freshman Cole Paton and junior Brock Steele had their best races of the season. Paton finished in 18:41 and Steele finished in 18:48.

"We had a good season," Durheim said. "Both boys and girls were league champions and placed the highest of all the district teams at bi-districts," Durheim said. "The seniors will be missed greatly next year."

This was the last race of the season for the boys and girls cross country teams.

"It's nice to know that six of the runners will be returning next year plus an alternate," Durheim said.

Kacie Thrift may be reached at 782-3781 or

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