On Saturday November 4th, Elyria Kabasenche had a new first as she won the 2A Girls race at State. This is the first time a person from Pullman High School to win state in Cross Country. Elyria was in the front pack for the entire race, until the end where she made her move. “I took the lead at the 2 ½-mile mark and I knew I had to make it happen,” Kabasenche said. On the final stretch Elyria and Abby Johnson of Sehome were neck and neck.“When I was coming up the hill she tried to pass me. That’s when I knew I had to turn it on. I knew that was the one move she had in her.” Coming down the hill of the final stretch Elyria gave it everything she got and took the lead.“I know that when it gets really, really hard I can find it in me when it hurts,” said Kabasenche, who finished fifth a year ago. “My coach always says never settle. So I knew I wouldn’t be happy with myself if I didn’t go. So I went and I couldn’t feel my arms and I couldn’t feel my legs. It was all mental. I can’t believe I’m state champion. It doesn’t feel real.” Elyria won state with a PR time of 18:41.30. Elyria wasn’t the only girl cross country runner to do well at state, Madeline Walker finished 7th with a time of 19:05.10 and Jenna Herzog finished 14th with a time of 19:24.40 even after spraining her ankle after the first mile.
This is the third time in a row that both the boys and the girls cross country team have gone to state. The Pullman girls finished 4th overall. The past two years the Pullman girls finished 5th (2015) and 4th (2014). The Pullman Boys also ran at state having three runners in the top 50. The Pullman Boys finished 10th overall. In previous years the boys cross country team have finished 11th (2015) and 9th (2014). Congratulations on the Pullman Cross country team on their very successful season.