Last week was another busy one for the Kamiakin x-c team, starting with a league meet in Sunnyside.
The weather was windy, but not bad overall. The course was entirely flat with some areas of open field, as in recently harvested agricultural field. Guiding the runners through the course was a Gator which kicked up quite a dust cloud for the runners to breath. The driver did his best to keep far enough ahead that the wind could dissipate the worst of the dust. That's life here in the Mid-Columbia.
For this 5k race, Kyle came in just ahead of Kevin to place at No. 10 and 11; 18:32 and 18:40.
On Saturday the boys were up early early to get on the bus, heading up to Yakima for the Sunfair Invite. Last year the weather was rainy, but this year conditions were much nicer, altho the weather changed on us quite frequently from warm to chilly, windy to calm, even a sprinkle of rain in the sunshine. Glad we were in Yakima as Kennewick got hammered with 0.35 inches of rain. That may not sound like much to many of you, but for us it's a downpour!
Sunfair hosted more than 80 teams from all over the west. It's quite a sight to behold, Franklin Park lined with colorful canopies for many of the schools and teens garbed in their school colors walking around, warming up, cooling down, goofing off with friends, etc.
Here's the start of the sophomore race at Sunfair. The stats on Athletic.net say there were 250 boys in this race, plus 87 girls - talk about a thundering herd! For this 3-mile race Kevin ran 18:18 for 31st place and Kyle ran 18:19 for 32nd place - not bad at all.
This particular course's most memorable feature is "The Hill from Hell" which comes at about 1.25 miles into the race. Luckily the twins had run this hill last year in a league meet, so were prepared for it.
Our varsity guys didn't have a stellar day, but did well enough to earn us third place in our division, the first time Kamiakin has brought home a trophy from this event.