The Eatonville Cruiser cross country team showcased their determination and skill at the 1A Evergreen League Championships held at Oaksridge Golf Course in Elma. Both the boys and girls teams secured impressive second-place overall finishes.
The boys' team delivered stellar performances, with many achieving personal records. Leading the charge, Colton Rush took the second-place spot with a remarkable time of 17:34. Joe Mueller followed closely behind in sixth place, clocking in at 17:45, and Benjamin Bernt secured the tenth spot with a time of 18:13. The team's strong finish continued with Owen Van Eaton at 13th place (19:22), Joe Callon at 14th (19:29 - Personal Record), Titus Lowe at 15th (19:33 - Personal Record), Mark Nueva at 16th (19:34 - Personal Record), and Ben Morrish at 19th (19:48 - Personal Record). Daniel Hamilton placed 22nd with a time of 20:03, while Kodiak Hoskins (26th, 21:25) and Micah Vannier (30th, 22:41) also contributed to the team's success. Jasper Beck achieved a Personal Record with a time of 25:00, placing 37th.
The girls' team also excelled, with standout performances from Grace Coonrod, who secured the fourth spot with a Personal Record time of 20:07, and Cheyanne Price, finishing sixth with a Personal Record time of 22:05. Bridget Stumph came in 13th place (24:14), and Hannah Bieker achieved a Personal Record with a time of 27:59, placing 18th. McKenzie Steele also set a Personal Record, finishing with a time of 39:51.
The boys' team will see nine of their runners advance to the district championship, showcasing their depth and strength. These runners include Colton Rush, Joe Mueller, Benjamin Bernt, Owen VanEaton, Joe Callon, Titus Lowe, Mark Nueva, Ben Morrish, and Daniel Hamilton.
On the girls' side, five talented athletes will move on to the district championships, representing the team's dedication and potential. Grace Coonrod, Cheyanne Price, Bridgett Stumph, Hannah Bieker, and McKenzie Steele will compete at the upcoming district championships.
The District 4 Championships are scheduled for Thursday and will take place at the Lewis River Golf Course in Woodland.