Columbia River senior Daniel Barna kicked the rust off faster than most on Friday.
The 60th Steve Maas Run-A-Ree traditional start of the cross country season saw Barna win the 5,000-meter race by 10 seconds at Hudson’s Bay High School.
Barna posted a time of 15 minutes, 48 seconds, comfortably ahead of La Center junior Joseph Blanshan, who was second in 15:58.
There were 99 runners in the boys varsity race, and 83 in the girls race.
Washougal went 1-2 in the girls race, won by sophomore Elle Thomas in 19:08 and followed in by junior Sydnee Boothby in 19:25.
Closely behind in third was Evergreen senior Beatrice Le Gore in 19:26.
The boys team title went to Columbia River with 76 points, which easily outdistanced second-place Valley Catholic of Beaverton, Ore., with 98. Skyview was third with 110.
Skyview won the girls team title with 80 points. The Storm’s top finisher was sophomore Lauren Amato in fifth (19:32).
Second through fifth place among the teams was decided by 10 points. Union was second (92), followed by La Center (96), Washougal (99) and Fort Vancouver (102).
The Run-A-Ree is named for 1969 Hudson’s Bay grad/runner Steven Maas, a decorated Vietnam War pilot who died in a helicopter crash during military training exercises at Fort Hood, Texas, in 1973.
Stars of the day
- Ashley Griffith, Union slowpitch softball, went 2 for 3 with a double, triple, four RBI and scored two runs as the Titans beat Camas 11-1.
- Jeffrey Truong and Andrew Field, Fort Vancouver boys tennis, won at No. 1 and No. 2 singles respectively, both in three sets to help the Trappers beat Washougal 4-2.
- Jack Dalberg, Prairie boys golf, shot an even-par 36 at Glendoveer for medalist honors as the Falcons topped King’s Way Christian.