In a preview of the 1A Trico League cross country championships on Oct. 23, Columbia High’s boys team raced to victory here last Wednesday in its only scheduled home meet of the 2019 season.
CHS placed five runners in the top 11 against five other complete teams at the six-team Trico meet held on the CHS campus. The Bruins finished with a low score of 33 as five of their first seven finishers clocked personal-record times. La Center (47) took second, and Seton Prep, of Vancouver, came in third (66).
Dylan Beneventi paced the Bruins around the varied 5,000-meter course on a cool, overcast afternoon and finished third among 83 runners in a personal-record time of 16 minutes, 45.54 seconds.
Jacob Lockman was close behind and placed fourth in a season’s-best time of 17:10.93.
Tommy Ziegler ran his fastest 5K yet as he punched the clock at 17:34.72.
Finn Coffin scored a ninth-place finish, coming home in a season’s-best 18:00.29. Luke Samuels continued to flash his potential as he rounded out the CHS five-man scoring unit. His time was a PR of 18:10.
Camden Uffelman and Jedrek Matthias also posted PRs. Uffelman finished 12th in 18:12.45 while Matthias was 13th in 18:13.26.
All told, 15 Bruins established 5,000-meter PRs last Wednesday on an afternoon when runners from all six teams were setting PRs.
Seton Prep’s David Carrion won the fast-paced race in a PR of 15:59.55. Runner-up Joseph Blanshan of La Center also ran a PR (16:34.37), as did two of his teammates.