Latcham leads Demon boys, Howard paces girls
FORT MADISON — The Washington cross-country team had several individual standouts in the large Fort Madison Invitational field of 31 combined girls’ and boys’ teams.
In the 5K boys’ race, senior Austin Latcham earned a 21st place finish with a time of 20 minutes and five seconds.
“He got out really well,” head coach Steve Roth said. “I was really impressed with the way he finished. I think the middle part needs work. It was a really hot night. I’m not going to make excuses. He ran a really smart race.”
Washington had a busy week with a race at West Liberty, Monday, and heavy workout Tuesday.
“All my kids were tired in the 97-degree heat,” Roth said. “It is going to help us tremendously down the road.”
Junior Curtis Vest was right behind Latcham, finishing 23rd with a time of 20:14.
Freshman Owen Horak finished 26th with a time of 20:48. Sophomore Jarek Brown came in 30th with a time of 21:41.
“Curtis, Owen and Jarek were right there too,” Roth said. “The boys’ side competed very well.”
Freshman Kyle Schindler finished 33rd with a time of 22:43.
Senior Luke Brown finished 35th with a time of 22:57. In the 36th position was senior Jiovanni Tapia with a time of 23:00.
Washington had 133 points, eight fewer than Fairfield in fourth.
The girls’ team had a similar showing at the Fort Madison Invite.
Freshman Mariah Howard led the girls’ side with a 24th place finish in the 4K with a time of 21:05.
She took sophomore Emelia Keith’s lead spot after Keith had to bow out of the race due to an ankle injury with a half mile to go.
“I don’t want to push her back in a hurry,” Roth said. “I don’t think it is real serious; she is day-to-day.”
Keith was in 12th place when she had to end her race.
Junior Stephanie Loy finished 26th with a time of 21:33.
“Stephanie was right out in front like she should have been again,” Roth said. “Mariah was there too.”
Sophomore Emma Wood took 29th with a time of 22:40.
Senior Stephanie Fishback came in 33rd with a time of 23:37.
Freshman Maggie Voss was right behind in 34th with a time of 23:51.
Senior Grace Redlinger was 35th with a time of 23:57.
The team had a fifth-place finish.
The Columbus boys’ cross-country team finished fourth.
The Wildcat boys placed three runners in the top 11 of the Class B race. Senior Eli Sents was fifth with a time of 18:25, sophomore Josh Keller was sixth with a time of 18:29, and senior Efrain Barajas came in 11th with a time of 18:51.
“Our top three boys were very strong again tonight,” said head coach Steve Riley. “We would like to see numbers 4-7 close the gap.”
Senior Anthony Garcia took 28th with a time of 20:19. In the 58th position was sophomore Adrian Santos with a time of 22:03.
The girls’s side garnered fifth place.
The girls were led by senior Taylor Hills, who placed 12th in the Class B race.
“The girls didn’t run up to par partly because of injury and sickness, but we can and will run better,” Riley said.
In the 22nd spot was junior Claire Hamilton with a time of 20:33. Sophomore Ashley Canny was 31st with a time of 21:24.
In the 38th spot was senior Yvette Aguilar with a time of 22:19. Senior Alma Frias finished 46th with a time of 23:00.
In the 52nd position was senior Rebeca Neri with a time of 24:27.