The Clark College men and women’s cross country teams each placed fifth at the NWAACC Championships on Saturday at Lewisville Park in Battle Ground.
Clark’s Niamh McCarthy, a Union High grad, placed eighth overall in 19 minutes, 35 seconds on the 5,000-meter course as the Penguins placed fifth out of 11 teams.
Defending NWAACC cross country champion Jessica Mildes of Spokane helped her team edge out Everett 39-43 to win the NWAACC women’s title.
It is Spokane’s first team championship since 2008 and 11th overall.
Mildes was never challenged as she cruised to her second consecutive individual title. She finished the 5,000-meter course in 17:51.
The men’s individual championship was much tighter as Spokane freshman Daniel Schofield edged Clackamas sophomore Jorge Gil-Juarez by less than a tenth of a second. Both were given the time of 24:20 on the 8K course.
Clark freshman Tremaine Rambo led the Penguins with an 11th-place finish in 25:05. Andrew Duffy, a Camas grad, was 18th (25:33).
Everett edged out Lane 50-52 for the men’s team title. Clark was fifth (138) out of 10 scoring teams.
More race coverage is available on NWAACC.org.