Boys finish 9th among 13 teams
WILDWOOD — Junior Curtis Vest set the pace for the Washington boys’ cross-country team, with a 17th place finish in the 5K, Thursday at the Wildwood Park Invite.
“He has improved tremendously from last year,” said head coach Steve Roth. “He is competing very well at the top level.”
He had a time of 19:05 in the event. Behind him was senior Austin Latcham clocking in at 19:43 for 25th place.
Once Latcham gets 100 percent over his allergies, he can compete at full strength.
“He will push him when it gets warmer,” Roth said. “As soon as the weather breaks, Austin will be right there with him.”
Freshman Owen Horak came in 48th place with a time of 21:44. Senior Jiovanni Tapia was 61st with a finish of 22:24.
“Very encouraging, he missed the first week of practice,” he said. “We got to get him in shape. He will be a very good one.”
“I like to see better individual scores that will lower the team score,” Roth said. “Individual is very important watching them improve.”
The Demons had runners finish in spots 90-92. Freshman Alex Latcham had a mark of 25:37. Freshman Kyle Schindler had a time of 26:01. Freshman Ryan Loy finished in 26:11.
Freshman Collin Zear placed 94th at 26:20. Senior Chase Litchfield clocked in at 32:00 for a 104th place mark.
Mediapolis took home the crown with 43 points. Washington finished ninth among 13 competing schools with 241 points.
Dillon Timerman of Mediapolis had the top time with 39 seconds to spare at 17:13.
Sophomore Morgan Kimball and junior Stephanie Loy were the girls’ top finishers in the 4K earning 44th with a time of 19:36 and 45th place one second behind, respectively.
Freshman Maggie Voss garnered 71st place with a 21:41 mark. Senior Stephanie Fishback took 75th place with a time of 21:58.
Sophomore Mackenzie Knutson took 77th place, clocking in at 22:07. Sophomore Emma Wood was just behind her in 79th place with a time of 22:14.
Sophomore Sammie Landstrum finished in 90th with a mark of 24:00. The 93rd and 94th slots belonged to freshman Beatriz Mendoza and sophomore Addie Pacha, respectively.
The Demons took ninth place with 312 points. Pekin was the champion.