On Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, the Manson Trojan Cross Country middle school and high school runners traveled to Leavenworth to compete with 26 other schools in the the Leavenworth Invite, the largest invite of the season.
The Trojans were fired up and running well, beginning with the 6th grade girl’s race. Giselle Lopez turned heads as she won the 6th grade girls’ race, setting the precedent for the remaining races. Lopez battled with the lead runner from East Valley for the entire race.
“Giselle turned the heat up on the hill at the last 200 meters,” Coach Kevin Sanford reported.
The 6th grade boys followed the girls’ race with Manson’s lead runners Johan Cruz, Ben Cullison, and Ashton Fretwell finishing in the top 20 finishers.
The 7th and 8th grade Manson girls’ were led by Cara Hutton, Kate England, and Emely Valencia, all running well in the 1.4 mile hilly course.
“Our middle school boys were led by Jesus Portillo and Hugo Lopez,” Sanford reported. “Manson middle schooler (runners) have increased in numbers over the last several years, and their hard work is beginning to pay off.”
Manson Middle School cross country runners will have their last league race at Oroville on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017.
Manson High School Cross Country runners also continued to improve, with the boys battling it out for the seven varsity spots.
“The top seven Manson finishers run the varsity races, so there is competition for the 13 high school boys within the team,” Coach Sanford said. “The boys ran well beating Bridgeport, Tonasket, and the league leading team, Liberty Bell.”
The varsity Trojan boys were led by Eddie Sarmiento, Conner Torgesen, Jonathan Sarmiento, Juan Portillo, Grant Torgesen, Jose Vazquez, and Titus Petersen.
“Connor and Juan had outstanding performances with Connor improving his time by nearly two minutes from last year, and Juan moved up within the team ranking from 6th man to 4th man,” Sanford said.
On the girl’s side Libbey Ireland ran well improving her time from last year running the 2.4 mile course in 22:00. Grace Cullison and Addie Torgesen ran gutsy races, running 26:36 and 29:27 respectively.
(Reported courtesy of Coach Kevin Sanford)