The Eastmont girls cross country team got its first team win of the season Saturday in Idaho.
The Wildcats had five top-20 finishers in the Inland Empire High School Cross Country meet in Lewiston.
Betsy Arlt came in second with a time of 18:28, Molly Gwinn finished fifth at 19:52, Nency Cruz had a time of 20:55, which was good for 16th. Jenny Albrecht and Kaylee Weeks finished 18th and 20th, respectively, with times of 20:58 and 21:19.
“It was a good race for us,” Eastmont coach Gary Millard said. “Betsy went right to the front out of the gate, she was one of four that were battling and Molly was right in there doing what she does best. She took that No. 2 role and ran well. She was by herself for the whole time. And when you run by yourself it’s a tough go because you don’t have anyone challenging you and you tend to drift in the wrong direction but she ran well.”
Albrecht’s top-20 finish was encouraging because she has been battling leg injuries so far this season.
“She said it wasn’t that bad today,” Millard said. “… I’m happy there was improvement there.”
The Eastmont boys got strong races from its top three runners: Matt Olson, Grant Gilbert and Bret Lindell — who finished eighth, ninth and 12th respectively. Only 18 seconds seperated the three.
“The top three guys ran really well, the other kids did OK, they were just stuck in the back right away,” Millard said. “Kind of a mixed bag, they all ran hard and times were respectful but it was disappointing because it was fast off the bat and our back four guys didn’t get up there.”
The Wildcats came in fourth as a team.
Nike Pre Nationals
The Wenatchee girls and boys cross country teams got a chance to face some of the best competition the Pacific Northwest region has to offer Saturday at the Nike Pre Nationals in Portland.
There were 22 boys teams competing, including the Wenatchee boys, in the 5,000 meters Jim Danner Championship and 22 teams, including Wenatchee, in the 5,000 meters division 1 varsity race.
Cole Christman led all Panthers runners and finished 20th overall with a time of 16:45.81. Sam Martin was second among Wenatchee runners and 43rd overall with 17:11.92 and Tristan Cunderla was third among Wenatchee boy runners and 114th overall with a 17:56.73. There were 164 contestants in all.
Sophie Marshall finished first among Wenatchee girl runners and 41st overall with a time of 21:23.52. Lindsey Wapato finished second among Wenatchee runners and 81st overall with a time of 22:04.41 and Brittany McCrum was 86th overall with a time of 27:13.03.
Ferris 3, Eastmont 0
The Wildcat volleyball team couldn’t find its stride Saturday against the visiting Ferris Saxons.
The team from Spokane won in straight sets 24-20, 25-17, 25-8.
“We whole-heartedly started strong and energetic and had a good flow going offensively and defensively and as time progressed the unforced error was our nemesis,” Eastmont head coach Molly Nelson said. “We shut down much more quickly than I anticipated. We’re having a hard time believing we can contend and compete with our opponents but we’re make progress.”
The Wildcats (0-5, 0-3) will host Sunnyside (0-6, 0-2) on Tuesday.
“If we can start on fire and communicate on every point than we should come out on top,” Nelson said about the upcoming contest.
Central Valley 3, Wenatchee 0
The Panthers struggled against a talented Central Valley squad and lost 25-17, 25-17, 25-17.
“Central Valley played amazing defense,” coach LeAnne Branam said. “It was very fun to watch their defense play. They had a lot of smaller kids, but they could jump very well. They’re all-around a very strong team. … They never let anything hit the ground.”
Kent-Meridian 3, Wenatchee 2
The Panthers rebounded nicely after suffering a sweep against Central Valley earlier in the day, but were unable to come away with a win in a contest that took five sets to resolve.
Wenatchee lost 22-25, 25-23, 21-25, 25-20, 9-15. Kianna Black finished the contest with 19 kills, just one short of tying a school record and Rachel Leiber had 17 kills.
“The second match we fought as hard as we could’ve to get where we were at,” coach LeAnne Branam said. “I thought we still could’ve won, but it was a good way to end the day.”