Prosser boys lead area harriers in Connell

CONNELL — Prosser runners brought home sixth place overall from the Connell Invite on Saturday.

Twenty-four teams cross country teams competed in the meet that included boys and girls varsity and junior-varsity heats in the 5,000 meter and middle school races of 1.32 miles.

Pullman won the varsity boys meet with a team low score of 57. Prosser was sixth with 212, followed by Sunnyside in seventh with 242. Granger closed out the Top 10 with 302 points and Grandview was 13th with 371.

In girls varsity, Sunnyside lead local teams with a low score of 215 for ninth place. Prosser was 10th with 231 points and Granger 14th with 349.

In middle school events, Sunnyside’s Sierra Vista girls took first place with a team low of 34.

Granger runner Alfonso Price posted the fastest time for local competitors in the 5,000 meter. With a time of 17:26.88, a personal record, he finished 10th overall in varsity boys.

Griffey Sarmiento was Sunnyside’s top runner, clocking in with 17:54.91 for 19th place. Grandview’s best time was posted by Adrian Benitez, who finished in 18:11.04, good enough for 26th place.

Sunnyside’s Michael Condie was the only other local runner to break into the Top 30, finishing 29th overall in a time of 18:20.22.

Sunnyside senior Dallas Borrego was the fastest local girl in the meet. She finished 11th in the girls 5,000 meter with a time of 21:06.32.

Prosser’s fastest girl was Justice Newhouse, who finished in 22:17.77 for 20th place.

Kiona-Benton’s Montana Rowlette rounded out the Top 25 girls with a time of 22:47.84.

Grandview’s top girl runner was Alejandra Clara, who finished 33rd in a time of 23:09.03 — two places behind Sunnyside’s second-best girl, Maria Cruz, who finished in 23:02.68.

The Sierra Vista girls dominated the middle school meet, with 10 runners finishing inside the Top 30.

Sierra Vista was paced by Aulani Benitez and Rocio Cisneros, who finished third and fourth, respectively.

Benitez set a personal record of 8:49.94 in the 1.32 mile event. Cisneros had a time of 9:00.70, also a personal record.

In 14th place, Hennessy Rodriguez finished in 9:36.09 for Sierra Vista.

Local middle school girls also took 17th-20th places with Roxsana Cisneros clocking 9:46.39, Vero Adame with 9:50.04, Elsie Moyer in 9:55.53 and Kaylee Condie in 9:58.22, respectively.

Izabella Romero finished in 10:14.96 and Alexia Mendoza in 10:15.63 for 22nd and 23rd, respectively.

Carla Diaz rounded out Sierra Vista’s Top 10 runners in 26th place overall in a time of 10:57.76.

No Lower Yakima Valley middle school boys finished in the Top 30.

Sierra Vista’s Reid Weaver was 40th with a time of 10:08.09.


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