WIRC dominates home meet

The host Whidbey Island Running Club produced four team titles and five individual champions in the Runnin' the Rock cross country meet at the Gallery Golf Course Saturday, Oct. 9.

Six running clubs (114 runners) and 14 unattached runners took park in the event on the back nine of the local golf course. WIRC coach Catie Rodeheffer said the challenging course was made even more difficult by high winds and heavy rain, but it received high marks by the runners and coaches for its uniqueness, view and difficulty.

WIRC took first in the 6-and-under, sub-bantam (7-8), midget girls (11-12) and youth boys (13-14) divisions.

Jaime Hernandez, 8 (sub-bantam boys); Ryan Vasileff, 10 (bantam boys); John Rodeheffer, 14 (youth boys); Nikki Blanchard, 15 (young women); and Caley Powers, 15 (young men) each took division titles.

Hernandez won in his first cross country meet, while Vasileff took control at the one-mile mark and won going away.

Rodeheffer edged Aaron Roe of Bellevue; the two are considered the favorites for the Pacific Northwest Junior Olympic race in November.

Coach Rodeheffer said one of the outstanding individual efforts by a WIRC runner was the work of Carly Crowther in the midget girls race. Crowther placed 14th and shaved almost three minutes off her previous personal best.

Rodeheffer said, "Carly's commitment and excellent work ethic were exciting to see pay off, and she will be a vital part of the midget girls' team's drive to nationals."

WIRC results:

Mini-bantam (6-and-under) mixed, 800 meters: 2, Jacob Hernandez, 4:20:55; 3, Brayden Tomasko, 4:38.39; 4, Jordyn Lovett, 4:43.69; 5, Pablo Hernandez, 5:03.59.

Sub-bantam (7-8) girls, 1,500 meters: 7, Catherine Wicker, 8:25.98; 10, Airi Bolt, 9:05/62; 11, Emily Lamb, 9:06.67; 12, Shannon Sherrill, 10:12.56.

Sub-bantam boys: 1. Jaimie Hernandez, 6:42.16; 4, Mark Tomasko, 7:25.92; 5, Justin Vasileff, 7:27.42; 7, Harrison Keating, 7:40.62; 8, Riley Williamson, 8:00.57; 9, Micah Thompson, 8:24.42; 10, Evan Baldwin, 8:55.81.

Bantam girls (9-10), 3,000 meters: 5, Megan Keating, 14:55.11.

Bantam boys: 1, Ryan Vasileff, 12:24.53; 7, Noah Schroeder, 15:32.75; 11, Nathaniel Quijano, 18:17.03; 12, Jacob Thompson, 18:40.9.

Midget girls (11-12), 3,000 meters: 2, Laura Rodeheffer, 12:03.5; 4, Kaitlyn Chelberg, 12:26.16; 8, Carolynn Wicker, 13:23.23; 14, Crowther, 14:26.66; 20, Breanna Grehan, 17:47.59.

Midget boys: 3, Logan Clark, 11:44.84; 7, Adam Nelson, 12:36.66; 10, Miguel DeGuzman, 13:31.03; 14, Orien Altman, 14:49.28; 16, Wyatt Pauley, 15:04.16; 17, Caleb Thompson, 15:21.64.

Youth girls (13-14), 4,000 meters: 2, Joceyln Horn, 18:07.92; 7, Grace Pauley, 25:13.42.

Youth boys: 1, John Rodeheffer, 13:41.41; 3, Dakota Powers, 14:31.3; 5, Gavin Stewart, 15:31.86; 6, Cole Zinc, 15:34.89; 9, Trevor Sanders, 19:46.39.

Young women (15-18), 4,000 meters: 1, Blanchard, 21:41.98.

Young men: 1, Caley Powers, 15:05.5; 3, Nathan Lemay, 21:17.03.

Zane Lamoureux (10th, 21:38.58) and Myles Averrios (11th, 21:50.3), both 9, ran in the open division because they were playing in a soccer match earlier in the day during the bantam race.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus

Read the Oct 22
Green Edition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Browse the archives.

Friends to Follow

View All Updates