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Sickness, injuries lay cross-country team low

By Steve Tool

Wallowa County Chieftain

Published on October 10, 2017 3:17PM

The Outlaws took their combined school team to Union for the Tigers Invitational cross-country meet Oct. 2. Despite a host of injuries and illnesses, the high school varsity girls and boys still came in third and fifth, respectively.

For the ladies, Kyla Hook turned in her usual spectacular performance, winning the women’s race 35 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor with a time of 20:29.2. Ellyse Tingelstad nailed ninth place with a time of 22:08.2, while Ashley Wilson held down 11th place with a time of 22:52.5.

Cole Gomes led the way for the boys, placing 17th with a time of 19:18.7. James Madsen and Daniel Delancey came in with times of 20:07.2 and 22:23.7, respectively.

Coach Dan Moody noted the meet results weren’t up to the usual standards but still found some bright spots.

“Kyla Hook ran another exceptional race, and she won by 35 seconds” he said. “Almost all our girls were injured or sick.” He added that top runners Eliza Irish and Ella Coughlan missed the race.

The boys team also missed two standouts as Brycen Locke and Will Caldwell.

“We had some freshman boys who stepped up and had personal bests at the meet, including Charlie Evans and Flynn Nave,” Moody said. “He also noted the personal record time of sophomore Gomes.

The junior high boys had a first despite the absence of top runner Henry Coughlan due to illness. Bayden Menton won the race while Zac Knapp notched third.


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