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Manson Boys’ Cross Country competes well at State; Eddie Sarmiento places 13th overall

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The Manson Boys Cross Country Team. (L-R): Coach Kevin Sanford, Bryce La Mar, Jose Vazquez, Grant Torgesen, Jonathan Sarmiento, Juan Portillo, Connor Torgesen, Eddie Sarmiento, and Coach Allen. (Photo courtesy of Manson Cross Country)

With the season coming to a close, the Manson Trojan Boys Cross Country team once again performed very well at the State meet in Pasco on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. The meet took place at Sun Willows Golf Course. 

The Trojans placed 5th out of 16 teams, and Coach Kevin Sanford was very pleased with all seven athletes’ performances. The top 5 Manson runners contribute to the team’s score.

Manson runner Eddie Sarmiento placed 13th overall. (Photo courtesy of manson Cross Country)

Eddie Sarmiento who placed 13th overall, with a personal best of 16:59. “Eddie has been a consistent runner all season and very dedicated to the program,” Coach Sanford said.

Following Eddie was Connor Torgensen with another personal best of 17:20, placing 19th overall. “Connor has been a tremendous asset to the team and another consistent performer for Manson,” Sanford said. 

Jonathan Sarmiento, who is a freshman, did very well placing 67th with a time of 18:18.

“Grant Torgesen another freshman has just gotten better with every race,” Sanford said. “Grant placed 53rd with a time of 18:05.” 

The start of the race. (Photo courtesy of Manson Cross Country)

Juan Portillo was Manson’s 5th place finisher with a time of 18:27 placing 82nd. “Both Grant and Juan may be small in stature, but big at heart. Both are irreplaceable,” Sanford said. 

 Placing 6th for the team was Jose Vazquez and was 108th overall, with a time of 19:02, followed by Bryce LaMar placing 123rd with a time of 19:32. 

“This closes the 2017 Cross Country season with an anticipation for next year with faster and stronger athletes as we set our sights on a podium position at the State level.” Coach Sanford said. “I look to next year with the hopes of bringing a girls and boys team to the State competition.”

(Reported by Coach Kevin Sanford)

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