Bickleton runner cracks 'Top 10' finish at CWAC meet

PROSSER - Bickleton High School fields the only cross-country team in the Greater Columbia 1B League, thus is forced to schedule competitions against much larger schools.

Such was the case Thursday, as the Pirate harriers trekked to Prosser for a three-school 2A CWAC League meet. Team-wise, Bickleton doesn't figure in when scoring is calculated.

Individually, though, the efforts of the Pirates' long-distance runners are charted, and yesterday afternoon Bickleton senior Peter Clinton made his presence felt. The upperclassman notched a 'Top 10' finish from a 74-runner field in the boys race on the 5,000-meter course.

Clinton sped across the relatively flat terrain in a time of 19:42, good for eighth-place honors. He was one of only 11 runners to hit the finish line in under 20 minutes.

The boys race winner proved to be Prosser senior Bradley Buttars, who enjoyed an 18-second margin of victory over runner-up Gabe Merrill-Steskal of Ellensburg. Buttars clocked the winning time of 18:41, with the Ellensburg junior finishing second in a time of 18:59.

The East Valley Red Devils' top runner in the boys race turned out to be sophomore Konner Sauve, who placed fourth (19:09).

Besides Clinton representing Bickleton at yesterday's meet, seven other Pirates competed. They included freshman Troy Roberts, 22nd (20:48); freshman Kane Lowe, 38th (22:24); sophomore Joey Cardenas, 43rd (22:52); freshman Andrew Gannon, 53rd (23:57); senior Joshua Cummings, 59th (24:38); eighth grader Joseph Cummings, 60th (24:56); and eighth grader Kenny Allenton, 72nd (29:27).

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