RICHLAND — Despite already being a top-tier runner in the state, Eastmont junior Betsy Arlt keeps improving.
Arlt finished fourth overall at 18:47. “She had a really good race,” Eastmont head coach Gary Millard said. “She was nice and in contorl. … We didn’t know where she was going to land, but the girl from Lewiston that beat her (two weeks ago) wasn’t even close. If you’re trying to do apples-to-apples she was definitely way better against that girl today.”
Eastmont girls finished 14th and Wenatchee girls finished 15th in their division one race.Raquel Thody of Wenatchee finished 49th at 20:03.
The Wenatchee boys cross country team finished ninth overall and the Eastmont boys finished 14th Saturday at the Richland Invitational where 26 teams and almost 200 runners were represented in the division one race.
Wenatchee’s top finisher, Cole Christman, placed 18th with a three-mile time of 15:43. Eastmont’s Matt Olsen placed 49th at 16:30.
“There was some top notch kids running,” Wenatchee coach Susan Valdez said. “Our boys posted some good times and of course you can’t compare courses, but we saw some good time improvement.”
The Wenatchee volleyball squad picked up a series of wins at the Wenatchee Invitational.
The Panthers started the day with a 25-22, 25-19 over Omak, tied East Valley 25-22, 22-25 and lost to Hanford 25-23, 25-22 in pool play.
They advanced to the consolation bracket and defeated Sunnyside 25-12, 25-10, Wenatchee junior varisty 25-18, 25-23 and beat Ballard 25-19, 19-25, 15-13 in the championship.
“We finished strong,” coach LeAnne Branam said. “We had some moments of ups and downs, We haven’t played a lot of tough teams this year, so when we do, it takes a minute to adjust to them.”
Kiana Black led the team with 52 kills, Rachel Leiber had 40 kills and Maddi Hallberg had 16 kills.
Cascade 3, Tonasket 0
The Kodiaks put together a dominant match from start to finish and won 25-5, 25-5, 25-8. Eliana Ala’ilima-Daley led the team with 14 kills and Kaycee O’Brien had seven aces, 12 digs and was 8-for-8 from the service line
Blue Mountain 3, WVC 0
Wenatchee Valley College lost to top-ranked Blue Mountain 25-16, 25-9, 25-18 at Smith Gymnasium.
Chancy Gill led the Knights (2-15, 1-6 Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges East Region) with 12 kills and three aces.
Columbia Basin 2, WVC 1
WVC allowed two second-half goals, and lost to host Columbia Basin.
London Cleverly scored for the Knights (1-10-1, 1-8-1 East) in the 15th minute off an assist from Elida Leyva, but the Hawks tallied markers in the 66th and 75th minutes to take the victory.
Kirsten Flones made three saves for WVC.
WVC 0, Columbia Basin 0
WVC (3-5-3, 2-4-2) picked up a point in a draw with host Columbia Basin.