T-Birds win 2A EvCo team titles


Aberdeen runners took both individual titles available at Borst Park on Wednesday, but it was all Tumwater in the team competitions, as the T-Birds took both the girls and boys’ team titles at the 2A EvCo championship meet.

The T-Birds stuffed three runners in the top six in the girls’ race, with Annabelle Clapp (21:11.23), Olivia Ahrens (21:16.73) and Alexandra Broome (22:00.08) taking fourth through sixth, respectively. Jesse Brumbaugh was 12th in 23:55.64, while Rachel Zahn rounded out the team card with a 15th-place finish in 24:39.75.

On the boys’ side, Reis Howell was fifth in 17:46.04 for the T-Birds with Malaki Jenkins behind him in sixth at 17:59.92. Alan Penrose III was 11th with a time of 18:42.52, Joshua Morgan was 12th at 18:51.04 and Benjamin Morgan was 13th in 18:52.27.

Black Hills came in second in both team competitions, with Luke Grunenfelder placing fourth in the boys’ race in 17:36.42, Truman Wimsett coming in seventh at 18:06.11 and Landen McKissick finishing ninth in 18:32.8. For the girls, Zaniah Robinson (23:49.9) was 11th, Taelor Woo (24:00.05) was 13th, Averie Reynolds (25:16.93) was 17th and Adeline Rice (25:18.34) was 18th.

Rochester’s Gunnar Morgan had the best individual finish of the day, taking second in the boys’ race with a time of 17:23.32. Taydee Evenstar was the only other Warrior in the top 20, finishing 16th in 18:58.75. Mercedies Dupont led the Rochester girls, overcoming W.F. West’s Mercedes Ricks in a dead sprint at the final yard to place eighth in 23:25.75.

Ricks led the W.F. West girls, with Centralia’s Ruth Gonzalezz coming in just behind her with a time of 23:31.91 to take 10th.

Ezra Birchard led the W.F. West boys with an eighth-place time of 18:29.97, and Adam Leon led the Centralia boys at 18:53.86 to take 14th.

The 2A District 4 championship meet will be held next Thursday, Oct. 26 at Lewis River in Woodland.