Area roundup: North Central improves to 4-0 in cross country
North Central (4-0) bunched up its runners in the top eight Wednesday afternoon to defeat Mead (2-1) and Ferris (0-4) in Greater Spokane League boys cross country at Audubon Park.
Andrew Gardner of Mead (14 minutes, 57 seconds for 3 miles) topped the field by 36 seconds. NC’s Kai Wilmot placed second, and Indians teammates occupied fifth through eighth places.
Mead (2-1) won the girls race by taking second through fourth places, led by Danielle Maldonado (20:12). Katie Knight of NC (2-2) was the clear winner. Ferris dropped to 0-4.
Also in the GSL, winners Shane Banning (18:58) and Kendra Weitz (20:05) helped Shadle Park to the team titles against Rogers at Seven Mile. Tiernan Osborne (19:07) finished second for the Highlanders boys (1-1). Michaela Lindley (21:05) placed second for the Shadle girls (2-0). Both Pirates teams are 0-3. … At Liberty Lake, host University’s boys (2-0) held off Lewis and Clark 27-28 by placing three runners in the top five. LC’s Sumner Goodwin (15:51) won with a 16-second gap on U-Hi’s Jake Hombel. LC’s girls improved to 3-0 with an easy win over U-Hi (0-2) as Gracie Ledwith (20:12) led a 1-2-3-4 finish. … At Seimers, Central Valley’s girls (3-0) placed four runners in the top 10 to edge Gonzaga Prep (3-1) and Mt. Spokane (1-3). G-Prep’s Taylor Cherry (19:32) won by pulling away from Mt. Spokane’s Brooklin Young (19:35) and Molly Cole (19:46) in the last 800 meters. Winner Hunter Johnson (15:42) led Mt. Spokane’s boys (4-0) to two easy wins. CV (1-2) defeated G-Prep (1-3), but Conor McCandless (15:59) placed second for Prep.
• Winner Dayde Collins (16:55) and Daniel Amann (16:56) broke from the pack at the 2-mile mark and led Deer Park’s boys to win over Cheney and host Medical Lake in a Great Northern League meet. Cheney won the girls team race by taking the top six spots, topped by Sanne Holland (20:19) and Amie Zachman (20:29). … Also in the GNL, East Valley swept a meet against Clarkston and host West Valley at Plantes Ferry. EV’s Codey Edwards (17:06) topped the boys field by 40 seconds over WV’s Alex Coburn. EV’s Megan Denszin (20:21) cruised to a win in the girls race as WV’s McCall Skay (21:09) took second.
Sienna Taylor turned away University’s fourth shot in a 5-4 shootout and Sarah Nanny made Lewis and Clark’s final attempt as the host Tigers (5-0 overall) defeated the Titans 1-0 in a GSL opener at Hart Field. Taylor Lang kept U-Hi in the match by making 18 saves during LC’s 22-6 shots-on-goal advantage. … In other league openers, Paige Ellingson beat two defenders and passed to Natalie Middleton for a one-touch goal at 70 minutes as host Central Valley (5-1) edged Mead 2-1. Kate Gilbertson’s goal at 62 minutes allowed Mead (5-1) to tie the match at 1. … Ferris outscored Shadle Park 5-3 in a shootout to take a 2-1 win at Albi Stadium. Shadle’s Tiara Pajimola scored at 16 minutes, but Maya Bowton tied the match on a penalty kick at 30 minutes. … Hailey Slotvig and Autumn Chavez teamed for three overtime goals as host North Central beat Rogers 5-2 at Merkel Field. Rogers’ Sara Anthony sent the match into OT with a score from 20 yards at 76 minutes. … Jessica Bennett scored during regulation and during the 4-2 shootout and Claire Cozza stepped in after injures to two other goalkeepers as Gonzaga Prep (6-1) topped visiting Mt. Spokane 2-1. The Wildcats (3-2) forced overtime when Kelsey Frank fed Rachel Jones for a goal with 7 minutes left.
Tori Farias had 17 kills while hitting .324 and Kylie Huffman added 33 assists and 15 digs as Yakima (15-5, 2-1) swept CC Spokane in NWAACC play at Spokane Falls CC.
Eileen Chatfield had 12 kills with .407 hitting and Joni Nagy finished with 23 assists and 14 digs for the Sasquatch (17-4, 2-1), who had won six consecutive matches.