For only his second 5,000-meter race of the season Lummi junior Enrique Medina did well at the Class 1B State Cross Country Championships on Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco.
Medina finished 43rd overall in a personal-best time of 17 minutes, 56.80 seconds.
Medina, who last qualified for state in 2011, knocked more than 40 seconds off his state time, and 10 seconds off his tri-district winning time from a week earlier. Last week's run was his first on a 5,000-meter course this year.
"He kept saying, 'I did the best I could with the runs I had this year,'" coach Amy Kruckeberg said in a phone interview. "He came and he worked really hard. He's been running mostly around Lake Padden, instead of on the bigger course, so I thought he ran great."
Colbert Northwest Christian won the overall team title, while Asotin's Chandler Teigen won the individual crown in 15:52.99.
CLASS 3A BOYS
Ferndale sophomore Roberto Aguilera finished 68th in 16:41.55 in his first trip to the state meet.
North Central claimed the team title and was led by individual team champion Tanner Anderson in 14:44.6.
Individual: Chandler Teigen, Asotin (15:52.99)
Team: Colbert Northwest Christian
Individual: Sierra Speiker, Oroville (18:20.41)
Team: Lacey Northwest Christian
Individual: Graham Peet, Northwest (15:50.8)
Team: Medical Lake
Individual: Erin Mullins Leavenworth Cascade (18:32.76)
Individual: Devon Grove, Lake Washington (15:29.72)
Individual: RaynJoy Norton, Burlington-Edison (17:58.16)
Individual: Tanner Anderson, North Central (14:44.6)
Team: North Central
Individual: Andrea Masterson, Seattle Lakeside (17:51.5)
Team: Glacier Peak
Individual: Logan Carroll, Gig Harbor (15:06.37)
Team: Gig Harbor
Individual: Alexa Efraimson, Camas (17:01.7)
Team: Bellarmine Prep
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