YAKIMA - The Kamiakin boys went on to win six of the seven varsity races and claim the team title for a third year in a row at Franklin Park this past Saturday, October 5, at the 46th Annual Sunfair Invitational.
The state's top program fell short of their expectations last weekend at the Bellevue Invite according to head coach Maxx Rexus despite the fact all of his runners placed well in each respective race.
With the disappointment of last week, Rexus challenged his boys team this past week and made it one of the most instense of the season. Judging by how each individual ran at Franklin Park, you would have never guessed.
"For them to come out and do what they just did today, it blew me away," said Rexus after the meet.
"Our number one priority is to stay humble, keep training hard, and try to be healthy when we step up to the line. They exceeded my expectations today and went for it."
What Rexus is most proud of though was the fact each one of his varsity runners would stand in line after their race and shake hands with their opponents and tell them "good job" or "great race."
Rexus comments, "We want to be remembered as good people too and not just good runners."
The 3A's best runner, Isaac Teeples, ran the fastest time of the day for the Braves finishing in second place in the Varsity No. 1 race with a new personal best of 15:12.5 for the challenging three mile course.
Stanford Smith was the top performer of the six winners from Kamiakin in the Varsity No. 2 race running a time of 15:21.34.
With high hopes coming into this year's race after a defeat last season, Smith gained a lot of confidence from his win.
"I felt really good coming into it and knew I had a solid chance to win it," said Smith.
"Last year, I lost this same race and I was bummed out about it. But, it fueled me up for today and it was exciting just because it was fun. It's not everyday you get a win, so it was really excited to have that."
Along with Smith, the five other winners were Grayson Wilcott (15:46.4), Andrew Larson (15:57.5), Andrew Holladay (16:07.6), Jax Weide (16:22.1), and Jonathan Lagonegro (16:27.8).
After another successful meet, the Braves get their first test of the season when they head to Spokane for the Tracy Walters Invite where they will face North Central and Rogers of Spokane in be a pre-district meet match-up.
With both North Central and Rogers running on a hot streak as of lately, coach Rexus knows his boy's will have to bring it next week if they want to come out on top, as well as set the tone for the district meet in the near future.
"Hopefully we will be able to duplicate what we did here," said Rexus.
"Those teams are running really well right now. North Central's top three have been phenomenal all year and their next four are moving up as well, and Rogers' one through seven are so close together. If we take them for granted, we will be paying for it later. But they all make us better."
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