By J.E. Meyer and S. Loo Amid the serene landscape of central Washington emerged a day of fierce competition. The 3.1 mile course in Pasco Washington which is notorious for its rolling hills and shape turns. The looming rain clouds above did nothing to dampen the spirits of the determined competitors and exuberant spectators. The field of competition was diverse with athletes from all corners of the state with one thing in mind, to run like hell and win. With returning state champions from the eastern half of the state including Mead and Ferris. The western part of Washington was represented by Roosevelt, Redmond, and Seattle Prep and many others. All these schools had one thought on their mind, to win. Amongst all the fan fare of just having won we were able to grab a few of the first place runners as they walked off the raise podium. The winner of the 1/B,2/B boys race was taken by Brad Serdar with a time of 17:01, although disappointed because he didn
On the eve of probably the biggest 3A XC showdown of the past 10 years, I got to talk with Max O\'Donoghue-McDonald... I started out wanting to get a sense of how he felt as one of the top dogs in this impressive pack and ended after what seemed like too short a talk, impressed with a young athlete confident in himself, empowered by his training, motivated by great coaches and aware of his place and role on the Seattle Prep Team.
By Mike Cane Herald Writer PASCO - Is it possible to run conservatively and still get what you want? Most definitely. The King\'s High School girls held back a bit on Saturday, according to their coach, but still won the Class 1A team title at the state cross country championships at Sun Willows Golf Course. Sophomore Olivia Thomas placed second and freshman Adele Eslinger took 12th to spur King\'s to its first state title since 2003, when it won the last of three straight championships. \"We ran well,\" King\'s coach Rod Wilcox said. \"Maybe a little conservative, but we have a lot of young girls that haven\'t been to state before so they were playing it a little safe.\"
Boys class 4A This is getting to be an annual occurrence in the Ferris-Mead rivalry -- the Panthers win the regional title and the Saxons get their revenge at state. The scenario played out for the third straight season as Ferris avenged a one-point loss last week in Yakima, blowing away Mead to win the school\'s sixth state title and reassert the Saxons\' claim as the No. 1 team in the nation -- an honor they held until Mead wrested it away. \"We definitely wanted to come back this week and prove we\'re No. 1,\" said race winner Cameron Quackenbush. \"That was our main focus.\" Quackenbush also felt he had something to prove after finishing sixth at regionals. The senior took over the race right before the 2-mile mark and held off Joey Bywater, the Lake Stevens junior who won last spring\'s 3,200-meter state title, by four seconds in 15:44. \"I didn\'t like how I finished at regionals,\" he said. \"I wanted to come in here and redeem myself and show what I\'m capable of.\"
By Rene Ferran Herald staff writer Rigoberto Jimenez barely let out a smile as he crossed the finish line Saturday in the 1A boys race at the state cross country championships at Sun Willows Golf Course. The Royal junior had just won the first state title in the program\'s history, but he was waiting for his twin brother, Humberto, to arrive so they could celebrate together. Eleven seconds after Rigoberto finished the 5-kilometer course in 16:17, Humberto crossed the line, himself having left the rest of the field in his dust. The two walked down the finish chute, and now Rigoberto owned a big grin. \"I\'m very proud,\" said Rigoberto, who only moved to the United States five years ago from Acapulco, Mexico, and didn\'t being running competitively until ninth grade. \"This means a lot. It was my goal. I worked all summer so I could finish strong.\"
By Rene Ferran, Herald staff writer ROYAL CITY -- Don\'t bother to offer either Rigoberto or Humberto Jimenez a ride. Royal cross country coach Ben Orth has tried many times. Neither Jimenez twin ever takes him up on his offer. They live a mile away from Royal High, and they walk home every night. Then, many times, they\'ll return to school later to walk around the campus for some added exercise, then walk back home. \"They\'re always moving,\" said Orth of his two junior standouts. \"They don\'t ever sit still.\" The Jimenez brothers also run very fast over long distances. The duo are among the favorites to win the 1A state title Saturday at the state cross country championships at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco. Rigoberto won his second straight SCAC district title last Saturday at Apple Ridge Run in Cowiche, with Humberto finishing five seconds back to lead Royal to a second-place finish in the team standings and a state berth.
Sunday, November 5, 2006 By Rene Ferran Special to The Columbian Advertisement PASCO -- The Columbia River girls team made Clark County history on Saturday at the state cross country championship, and it took every member of the team to accomplish its feat. But, then again, that\'s the way the Chieftains have been running all season. Columbia River girls finished third in the 3A meet, their first podium finish in school history. River\'s best previous finish was sixth. But it also was the highest team placing by a Clark County girls cross country team since Washougal won the Class A state championship in 1986. And it was the highest finish of any girls team from a large school in county history. The Chieftains didn\'t put a
By Michael Ko Seattle Times staff reporter PASCO
By Michael Ko Seattle Times staff reporter PASCO