In the Junior High race, Josue Lucas of Forks crossed the line in an amazing 9:36.Ryon Ashley finished second overall covering the 1.55-mile course in 10:10.Hunter Daniel snuck in to the top 10 finishing 10th among Junior High Boys in a time of 13:52. Valley seventh grade girl Avery Strozyk found herself in a battle for most of the race and finished 3rd behind Elexcious Hampton of Morton White Pass.Avery hit the stripe in 11:33.
The Valley girl’s team was down in numbers as Jessica Cook was out because of illness and Denise McDonald was out with a foot injury, but that didn’t diminish the efforts of the local girl runners.
“After a brutal workout on Wednesday, the local runners proved that they are becoming stronger and faster each day,” said head cross country coach Brad Donovan.
The hard running Bernadette Hayden of Onalaska who covered the 3.1-mile race in 19:48 won the Girl’s race. Dominique Kudasik of Valley finished sixth in a season best 22:04. Freshman Savannah Burbank of South Bend finished 11th in 24:04; just 19 seconds short of her season goal of finishing in top 10. Diana Morales, also of South Bend, ran through a painful stomach to take 14th in 25:11. Valley’s Mariah Silvera stepped up her performance and finished 16th in 26:17. South Bend’s Yessania Perez finished 21st (27:20) followed by teammate Tessa Wilson (24th, 31:02) and Valley’s Katie Daniel (25th, 31:19).
“The girls ran really well. All of them put down some great times,” Donovan said.
Seth Cams of Three Rivers Christian, who toured the course in 16:58, dominated the boy’s race. Top local finisher was Jose Buccio of South Bend breaking into the Top 20 with a time of 20:25. Just one place back and only five seconds later, was Aaron deMontigney, who took 21st in 20:30. Koda Boothe, the South Bend freshman, improved to a 20:59 to finish good enough for 26th. Captain Dominic deLong turned in his best time of the year and finished 32nd in 21:40.
The runners compete Saturday at Stan Headwall Park in Chehalis at 9 a.m.