University’s boys ended Mead’s 10-year grip on the SunFair Invitational, winning five of seven flights at Yakima Saturday at the state’s largest cross country invite.
Mike Visintainer, Jeff Rees, Mark Davis, Kris Martin and Dan Chavez won flights as the 4A top-ranked Titans scored 12 points at the 23rd annual meet.
Chavez, running in flight six for teams’ No. 2 runners, finished the 3.1 miles in 15 minutes, 47 seconds. Martin ran 15:48 in flight five for No. 3 runners. Both would have finished right behind teammate Seth Mott in flight seven, whose 15:39 was good for fourth place.
Fourth-ranked Gonzaga Prep finished second with 23 points, placing runners in the top five of every flight. Second-ranked Mead, in fifth place with 61 points, picked up a flight one win from Matt Lowe.
North Central, sixth place with 68 points, was the other area team in the top 10. Lakeside, ranked No. 1 in 2A, placed 12th, tops for smaller schools.
Mt. Spokane’s Tom Becker finished second in flight seven at 15:31, 14 seconds behind Jesse Thomas of Mountain View High of Bend, Ore. Prep’s Jim Rucker (15:48) placed fifth.
East Valley’s girls had flight wins from Melissa Frostad, Crystal Gerkey and Korinda Godwin in placing second with 43 points. Champion Newport (Bellevue), ranked No. 1 in 3A ahead of EV, scored 26 with top-eight runners in every flight as the 3A powers beat the 4A schools.
Ninth-ranked Shadle Park was eighth with 78 points, fifth-ranked U-Hi ninth with 81 and fourth-ranked Mead 11th with 88.
U-Hi’s Jaime Miller (18:55, eighth place) was 4 seconds and one place ahead of EV’s Melanie Frostad in flight seven. Katlin Lafferty of Hermiston, Ore., won in 18:23. Mariel Ettiner of La Grande, Ore., lined up for the wrong race, flight six instead of flight seven, and won in a day-best 17:50.
Chewelah’s boys scored 65 to edge Colville by one point, and Newport’s girls also won a team title at the Can-Am Invitational near Colville.
Chewelah’s Neil Small won the boys race in 16:25, with Hans Petersen of Colfax 11 seconds back. Colville’s Crystal Evans ran 19:23 to top the girls field by 32 seconds. Third-place Sarah Bell (19:56) led four Newport runners in the top 10.
Casie Schneider’s 46 assists and two aces helped visiting Pullman (3-4) defeat Newport 15-12, 9-15, 15-8, 15-12 and knock the Grizzlies (7-1) out of first place in the Great Northern League.
Carey Sauer had 20 kills and 16 blocks for Newport, which seeks a turnaround heading into Tuesday’s match at Colville (7-0).
Defending State B champion Davenport (4-1) jumped to the top of the Bi-County League with a 15-1, 14-16, 15-9 win at Ritzville (3-1).
Jamie Rizzuto’s three goals guided Riverside (6-0) to a 10-0 win over visiting Colville (3-2-1) in a Great Northern League match at Chattaroy.
Larissa Mueller, Bernice Stime and Tracy Koesel added two goals apiece for the Rams, who have outscored league rivals 57-0. Mueller leads the league with 13 goals; Rizzuto and Koesel have 12 apiece.
Also in the GNL, Kelly Pritchard’s eighth goal of the year came at 66 minutes and allowed visiting Pullman (4-1-1) to tie Medical Lake at 1. Javana Howard of the Cardinals (2-1-3) also scored her eighth goal, 1 minute into the match.
Amanda Plummer totaled four goals and one assist as Deer Park (1-3-2) defeated visiting Chewelah 11-1 for its first win since splitting from Riverside. The Cougars are 0-6.