WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee cross country teams accomplished something Saturday that hasn’t been done in coach Susan Valdez’s 13-year teunre with the Panthers.
The boys and girls squad each finished first in the team standings at the Wenatchee Invitational, as the Panthers’ depth on both sides of the program came to the forefront.
“We’ve had times where individual boys and girls won, but for both teams to finish first, that has to be a first,” Valdez laughed. “To have this many low numbers in an invitational meet is great. I’m really excited for the kids.”
The Wenatchee girls had seven runners place between fourth (Emily Nordt) and 12th (Leanne Thorson) on their 4,800-meter home course.
On the boys side, Jacob Smith finished second with a time of 15 minutes, 53.32 seconds, and Nicholas Boersma was right behind him in 16:13.66.
Michael Sauer ran 16:28.82 to place fifth for the Panthers.
“We’re still training, and we’re trying to build up for five weeks from now,” said Valdez, referring to the Oct. 22 district meet, which will also be run at Walla Walla Point Park.
Cashmere’s Kea Paton won the individual title in the girls’ division with a time of 19:26.54, 10 seconds in front of Ephrata’s Danielle Friend.
“We like to have those other schools come and compete,” Valdez said.
Eastmont’s Bekah Waterhouse finished sixth with a time of 20:29.08 and Zane Carlson’s time of 16:18.09 was good enough for fourth place in the boys’ race.
Wenatchee 6, Kennewick 0
Mindy Howard had a hat trick and Korynn Blanksma had two goals and two assists as the Panthers (4-1) rolled over the winless Lions on the road.
Kennewick did not get a single shot on goal against Panther keeper Megan Wade.
Cashmere 10, Tonasket 0
Mackenzi Brunner had a hat trick, and Kelsey Taylor and Rosie Bushy had two goals apiece as the Bulldogs routed the Tigers.
Stephanie Zamudio dished out a pair of assists as Cashmere uncorked 27 shots on goal.
Chelan 1, Omak 0
Heather Poppie rippled the nets for the Goats, accounting for the only scoring in this Caribou Trail League clash.
Ephrata 2, Quincy 1
Quincy tied it on an own goal — a defender knocked in a shot by the Jacks’ Kayla Brindle — but Ephrata scored on a penalty kick by Sara McMartin in the 51st minute for the win.
Manson 1, Bridgeport 0
Itzel Castro scored late in the second half to give the Trojans the victory.
Bridgeport 3, Manson 0
The Fillies continued their solid performance from the serving line in their 25-15, 25-21 and 25-18 victories over the Trojans on Saturday.
Cristy Gonzalez, Alyssa Martinez and Arely Garza combined to go 37-40 on serving for Bridgeport.
Sulaima Lopez had seven digs, two blocks, two kills and an ace for Manson.
Swimming and diving
Wenatchee 125, Eisenhower 58; Wenatchee 148, Davis 21
Sam Bennett won the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke, and Cass Peterson took first in the 200 and 500 freestyle to lead the Panthers to blowout wins over the two Yakima schools.
Ashlee Wood won the diving event and playced second behind Bennett in the 100 backstroke.
Wenatchee is 3-0-1 going into the Mukilteo Invitational next weekend in Federal Way.