Columbia High’s girls cross country team won its first meet of the 2013 season and the CHS boys team ran a solid second last Wednesday in Vancouver.
Claudia Cortez of CHS paced the field of 33 that also featured runners from host Seton Catholic, King’s Way, Ilwaco, and Toledo on the 5,000-meter varsity course; she finished first overall in a time of 20 minutes, 59 seconds, with a 40-second margin of victory.
As a team, the Bruins scored a meet-low 24 points against complete teams from from Ilwaco (54) and King’s Way (58), thanks to their five top-12 finishes.
Jaleh Kermani placed fourth, Sidra Matthias finished seventh, Melissa Fortanel was ninth, Leslie Nuckoles came in eight seconds behind in 10th, and team captain Daphne Struck edged teammate Raven Erickson by a second at the finish to claim 12th place.
Toledo won the boys meet with 38 points and posted three top-10 finishes, Columbia was second with 49 points in the four-way meet. Seton placed third with 52, and Ilwaco was fourth with 91.
Will Nuckoles led 10 other Bruins across the finish line in the 5,000-meter race. Nuckoles placed fifth in a time of 18 minutes, 46 seconds – one minute behind the winner from Ilwaco, Evan Sutherland.
CHS team captain Nathan DeVaney and Cabot Roe also finished in under 19 minutes to secure seventh and eighth respectively. Colin Howe (14th) and Shawn Tardiff (15th) rounded out the CHS scoring unit. Jacob Taylor also ran a strong race and completed the course in under 20 minutes.
Next up for the Bruins was their first home meet of the season on Wednesday afternoon at Husum Hills Golf Course. Results with photos will be published in the Oct. 17 issue of The Enterprise.