The Dalles Riverhawk runners came out fired up and were in midseason form in their season-opener.
Samuel Alvarez, Friedrich Stelzer, Gabe Lira and Rey Aviluz all had times under 18 minutes and Nick Caracciolo set a personal record from the No. 5 spot, as The Dalles boys cross country team scored first place at the Intermountain Conference Preview Saturday at Barnes Butte Trail in Prineville.
“We had good results,” TD head coach Bob Thouvenel said. “The boys looked good with our top four runners doing very well.”
With his final time of 17 minutes and three seconds, Alvarez won the boy’s event, inching ahead of Crook County’s Cade Catterson (17:08) by five seconds.
Stelzer was right behind in third place after a mark of 17:10, Lira placed fourth overall at 17:12 and Aviluz was 10th in the 96-person field with a 17:40.
Caracciolo, a sophomore, set his best mark of 18:16 to give the Riverhawks their top placing.
David Wring (18:26), Gavin Cates (18:36), Zack Ziegenhagen (18:48), Noah Holloran (18:51), Diego Minguela (19:58), Conor Blair (20:20), Austin Agidius (20:25), Dillon Dorado (20:32), Spencer Coburn (20:38) and Tyler Leigh (21:15) represented the top-15 Riverhawk runners.
Finishing off the results were Ivan Rodriguez (21:17), Angel Oregon (21:40), Colin Shubert (21:46), Hayden Pashek (22:13), Will Evans (22:29), Ayden Orion (25:09), Leonardo Saveri (31:13) and Zane Strassheim (35:22) all placed in respectable fashion for their season-opener. The Dalles tallied 33 points to take home their title over Crook County’s 39 points.
Hood River Valley (57), Redmond (92) and La Pine (154) rounded out the standings. IMC teams Pendleton and Ridgeview did not attend the meet.
Josh Haynes (17:18) powered through for sixth place to lead Hood River Valley and teammate Omar Quintana hit for eighth place with a tally of 17:25.
Sparked by the 20:09 effort of Frances Dickinson, the Hood River Valley girl’s squad captured first place with 18 points, wrapping up action 26 points ahead of second-place The Dalles (44).
Dickinson was supported by teammates Brinna Weiseth (20:15), Evelyn Nunez (20:50) and Chloe Bullock (21:10).
Crook County was fourth with 74 points and Redmond added 94 for fourth place.
Leading the Lady Riverhawks was senior Emma Mullins, who turned in an impressive time of 20:52, a little more than a minute off her personal record (19:49.4).
Sophomore Hanna Ziegenhagen notched sixth place following her 21:43, Tressa Wood was eighth-best with a 21:55 and Liz Tapia was just outside the top-10 after a mark of 22:09.
“The girls also had a good day, led by Emma,” Thouvenel said. “We should improve more as the season progresses. It was a good team effort all the way around, for both the boys and girls.”
Vivian Harrah had a time of 23:02, Savannah Strassheim crosse3d the finish line in 23:44, Aurelia Hill added a 23:51 to her numbers and Zoe Orion was 22nd out of 60 participants with her 24:05.
Emily Johnson (25:01), Ashley Quisenberry (25:08), Joselyn Lopez (25:09), Caitie Wring (25:10), Raine Codding (25:43) Bree Webber (26:42) were all in the top half of the individual placers.
Aranza Aviluz (27:29), Sarah Winters (32:33), Shea McAllister (34:35), Marin Alvarez (37:18), Keisha Oregon (38:16) and Kai Hoff (38:52) rounded out the Riverhawk harriers.
With the boys and girls starting out strong with 19 personal records, Thouvenel wants his group improving on those numbers at their next two meets.
At 4 p.m. Wednesday, TD heads to the inaugural Gorge Cup Invitational in Trout Lake, Wash.
On Saturday, the team competes in the 30-team Coeur d’Alene Invite in Hayden Canyon, Idaho.