Elgin takes third in Pendleton

By Observer staff September 03, 2012 12:06 pm

PENDLETON — Elgin grabbed a pair of thirds in the Ice Breaker cross country invitational Friday in Pendleton’s McKay Park.

The 5A squads from Hermiston and Pendleton dominated the meet in both the boys and girls race, but in each, the Huskies were able to grab third place finishes against larger programs.

Palmer leads Huskies

In the boys race, Hermiston cruised to a 20-point victory over an outmatched Pendleton squad as the Buckaroos had to settle for second with 35 points in spite of having five runners finish in the top 10. Elgin was able to grab 92 points for the third-place finish, thanks to Jason Palmer’s 13th-place to lead the Huskies. 

The junior crossed the line in 19:55, 10 seconds faster than his senior teammate Jonathan Sparks (16th, 20:05). Steven Flippo was 20th in 20:18, while Jonathan Flippo came in 24th with a time of 20:54.

Jake Burgess came in as the final scorer for the Huskies, taking 33rd place in 21:54. Daniel Flippo placed 43rd in 24:04 to close out the Elgin scorers.

Hermiston won the boys race by placing all five scoring runners in the top eight finishers, led by Alejandro Cisneros edging his teammate Eduardo Juarez for the individual win by just four-tenths of a second.

Imbler ace leads Huskies

Senior Angela Stafford led Elgin to a third place finish in Friday’s Ice Breaker race in Pendleton.

Stafford was sixth overall in 22:41, followed by Elgin’s Emily Schmittle (eighth, 22:57).

The Lady Huskies had five runners, enabling the squad to score as a team. 

Hermiston won the race with 23 points, while Pendleton was second with 35 and Elgin finished with 68 points for third. Stanfield, Weston-McEwen and Nixyaawii were not able to field enough runners to score as a team.

Autumn Wheeling was 19th overall with a time of 25:12, while Janice Gawith was 22nd (26:25) and Hope Ritchie placed 26th (28:47).