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10/31/2013 9:25:00 AM Email this articlePrint this article 
Cashmere facing big test at bi-districts

Sebastian Moraga
Staff writer

A tall task awaits the fourteen Cashmere runners traveling to the Spokane Valley this week.

The bi-district meet, aka regionals, will feature three boys' teams and four girls' teams that rank among the top 10 best in 1A. Out of that mix, a young Cashmere squad will try to qualify for the state meet.

"It's going to be tough," head coach John Durheim said. "You are going to have to have your best race to go on to state.

State is the weekend of Nov. 9 at Pasco's Sun Willows Golf Course. First, though, there's regionals, where Cashmere will take seven girls and seven boys, including a standout runner fighting an incredibly stubborn injury.

"Drew [Van Polen] ran well," Durheim said. "He still has that side ache, every time he starts to go fast, it comes back."

On top of that, Oliver Fernandez is running on a bad ankle, Durheim said, and some of the girls are dealing with shin splints.

"Little nagging injuries," he said. "They happen to everyone, every team goes through this."

The top four teams and/or the top 20 individuals qualify to state. At the league championships in Chelan Oct. 24, the girls put on a good performance, with three runners finishing in the top 10.

"Our top four girls ran really good races," Durheim said. "If we are going to be successful, we have got to have our girls five and six and seven pick it up. They know it, they are hobbled by shin splints but hopefully we can get that taken care of. "

Breanne Knishka finished sixth with 19 minutes, 43.2 seconds. Jesica Bauer finished eighth with 19:49.9 minutes and Jasmine Gonzalez finished 10th with 20.07 minutes

Emma Gambill finished 24th with 22:40.2 minutes and Julia Burnham [23:33.5], Haley Martin [23:34.7] and Hannah Asmussen [23:35.7] finished 32nd, 33rd, and 34th.

The boys had four in the top 10, with Jonathan Mangas finishing third with 15:43.5 and Van Polen [16:07.1],Eli Phillips [16:10.8] and Ricardo Naranjo [16:11.3] finishing eighth through tenth. Fernandez [16:23.6] and Cole Paton [16:24.4] finished 12th and 13th. Dakota McFadden finished 17th with 16:43.7.

In the junior-varsity race, Cashmere had great success, which bodes well for the future of the team. Six out of the top 12 runners, including top finishers Kendall Getchell and Brock Steele, came from Cashmere. Out of the six, only Steele and Connor Badgley are seniors.

The regional meet is scheduled for Plantes Ferry Park in Spokane Nov. 2, with the 1A girls varsity race starting at 12:20 p.m. and the 1A boys varsity race starting at 1 p.m.

Sebastian Moraga can be reached at 782-3781 or

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