XC Recap Week 3: Borsheim, Teeples Highlight First Full Week of Racing

In the first full of week of racing in 2021, some of the state's best young talent made their season debuts with some impressive marks, including Bellarmine's Ella Borsheim and Kamiakin's Isaac Teeples.

Here is your week three recap for your top teams and individuals for high school cross country.


Performance of the Week: Kamiakin's Isaac Teeples

This week's meet in the Mid-Columbia Conference at Walla Walla High School was up in the air due to the heavy snowfall from last week.

The race was moved to Hanford High School instead, and we were able to see the state's top runner race for the first time since winning his 3A state cross country title.

Kamiakin's Isaac Teeples ran an impressive 14:06 for the 2.98-mile race for his season debut and what would have also converted to a three-mile personal best for the junior.

Teeples' teammate Grayson Wilcott was second in the same race running 14:20.

Race of the Week: Connell's Abelardo Morales Flores vs. College Place's Jio Herrera

We got another veteran versus rookie match-up for the second week in a row that went down to the wire.

Connell's Abelardo Morales Flores heads into 2021 with plenty of momentum after his state 5k personal best time performance of 17:28 as he picks up his first career high school win in his season debut running a new three-mile personal best time of 16:47.

It wasn't easy for the Connell senior to come away with this win as it was a two-tenths of a second difference at the finish between him and College Place freshman Jio Herrera.

Team of the Week: Curtis Vikings

Pack running was the name of the game for the Curtis Vikings in their first meet of the season as they took down Emerald Ridge 18-39 for the two-mile race.

Three Vikings finished within three seconds of each other to place first through third individually led by Mason Watamura running 10:42.9 for the win.

Josiah Mellott and Maxim Serafimovici were the two other runners in the top three running 10:44.2 and 10:45.2.

Other top performers for Curtis were Ahbel Healy placing fourth running 11:05.36, Kyle Watamura placing eighth running 11:50.6, and Eric Casey placing ninth running 11:55.4.

Meet of the Week: College Place vs. Connell

Connell's Morales Flores had the individual win, but it was College Place coming away with a one-point team victory 36-37 in the SCAC League Jamboree.

Between the two schools, each team had four runners finish in the top 10, but due to the other three schools that participated as well, points were taken away.

College Place managed to have their top three runners finish in front of Connell's led by Herrera's second-place finish, and third and seventh place finishes from Joshua Courtney (17:01.3) and Dallin Hawkins (17:57.3).

Cameron Howard (18:09.2, 10th) was the fourth runner landing in the top 10 for the Riverhawks.