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Prep highlights: Washougal’s Grice, Seton Catholic’s Leone win Run-A-Ree

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Runners in the boys varsity race take off in the Steve Mass Run-a-Ree cross country race on Friday at Hudson's Bay High School.
Runners in the boys varsity race take off in the Steve Mass Run-a-Ree cross country race on Friday at Hudson's Bay High School. The event has always been the unofficial kickoff to the cross country season for area runners. Photo Gallery

For the second time in as many cross country events, Washougal’s Samuel Grice wasn’t going to be caught.

The Panthers junior won the 61st Steve Maas Run-A-Ree on Friday at Hudson’s Bay High School with a time of 16 minutes, 54 seconds over the 5,000-meter course.

Second place out of 120 finishers was Columbia River junior Neftali Menendez in 17:33.

Last Saturday, Grice won the Ultimook Race in Tillamook, Ore., by one second in a race that had 200 finishers.

Columbia River won the boys Run-A-Ree team title with 42 points. Seton Catholic was second (86) and Prairie third (108).

Seton Catholic’s top 4 runners — led by Ben Ross (18:36) — finished packed together in 14th through 17th.

Class 1A state champion Alexis Leone, a junior at Seton Catholic, won the girls 5,000-meter race in 18:53.

Union’s Charlotte Wilson was second overall out of the 87 finishers with a time of 19:28 as the Titans won the team title with 40 points.

Skyview was led by a pair of sophomores. Evelyn Reed came in third in 20:03, and Daphne Evenson finished fifth in 20:23 to help the Storm to second place as a team with 54 points.

Washougal was third with 71, led by junior Elle Thomas’ fourth-place finish in 20:09.

The Run-A-Ree, an annual event held to kick off the high school cross country season, is named for 1969 Hudson’s Bay grad/runner Steve 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

  • Ishan Mehta and Tristenh Teso, Camas boys tennis, both came back from first set losses to win in three sets at Nos. 2 and 3 singles for the Papermakers against Evergreen.
  • Andrew Walzcyk, Fort Vancouver boys tennis, recovered from losing the first set to Ridgefield’s Nick Harris to win their No. 1 singles match 2-6, 7-5, 6-1.
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