Neah-Kah-Nie battled rain squalls, high winds and a shortened course, but nothing kept the Pirates from sweeping away with the gold at the third annual Warrenton Wreck cross country invitational, Oct. 4.
By Brad Mosher
Colby Hixson won the boys race and led his crew to a narrow 55-58 victory over Rainier for the team title Tuesday. Clatskanie was right behind, scoring 60 points in third place, followed by Warrenton (65), Knappa (fifth, 124 points) and City Christian (sixth, 162 points.
The key to the narrow win was Neah-Kah-Nie’s four-pack, placing 12th through 15th. The four made sure the team’s final scoring runner was the first to cross the line between the six teams.
Dylan Mitchell came in 12th with a time of 18:08, while Willie Davidson (13th, 18:21), Tyler Ernst (14th, 18:29) and Brady Haylett (15th, 18:31) closed out the tight finish for the Pirates.
Senior Wade Becker placed 18th with a time 18:52, while Robert Waldron placed 22nd with a time of 19:45. Freshman Ethan Lee came in 24th (19:50), while Ecca Fry was 29th (20:33). Justin Lee (35th, 20:48), Sam Holm (38th, 21:17) and Animesh Patel (55th, 24:57) rounded out the team.
Haylett’s 15th place finish was better than Rainier’s fourth runner (16th) and fifth (28th) and helped to offset the fact Rainier put three finishers in before Neah-Kah-Nie’s second finisher.
The race was about 600 meters short of the usual 5-kilometer distance, according to coach Brett Duer.
“It was a very stormy day with high winds and rain squalls. Due to weather, the course was modified on the beach and was not a full 5K. But it made for a fast race,” the coach said.
Young Lady Pirates romp
Neah-Kah-Nie’s girls ran away with the Warrenton Wreck gold Tuesday, scoring just 33 points to dominate the cross country race.
Freshmen Aspen Becker and Karissa Hadermann ran away from the field, finishing almost two minutes ahead of the third runner in the race from Knappa.
Becker was first in 19:25, while Hadermann was three seconds behind.
Neah-Kah-Nie put four runners in the first 10 finishers, with Lacoya Reny-Hamer coming in sixth (22:07) and Roan Childress (10th, 22:40). Montana Ruona (14th, 23:44) and Nula Reid (15th, 23:48) closed the door on the rest of the teams in the race.
Mairade Reid (28th, 27:09) and Kayla Naylor (29th, 27:19) followed to complete the team finish.
Rainier placed second among the four teams with a total of 47 points, while Clatskanie was third (69 points) and Warrenton was fourth (81 points).
Neah-Kah-Nie will be mixing an invitational with the Northwest League championships Tuesday when schools come to Rockaway Beach for the Bigfoot Classic at Twin Rocks Friends Camp. The meet starts at 3 p.m. with the middle school races.
The Bigfoot Classic/NWL Championships will be run as one race for boys and one race for girls, but will be scored both as an invitational and as the league meet with all the NWL schools.