The start of this season may have been Pullman’s biggest league meet this coming year. With West Valley Spokane being one of Pullman’s top competitor in both the girls and the boys’ cross country races. First up was the JV boys race where Spencer George (PHS) won with a time of 19:26 This time allows him to become a varsity runner for the Pullman cross country team. Strikingly, there was a total of fifteen Pullman boys ahead of the first West Valley runner
The girls race was directly afterwards, where the Pullman girls looked to try and defend their three-year unbeaten streak. Without Elyria Kabasenche (out due to injury) and Maddy Walker (who graduated last semester), the Pullman girls would really have to come out and fight hard. In spite of their determined efforts, the Pullman girls lost their first race ever under Coach Winchell. Nevertheless, Jenna Herzog, who ran second at the meet, thought that “the race went well, but was hard with a week off” due to the smoke that affected the entire Great Northern League. Herzog believes that Pullman is still a contender for the league title that Pullman has won for the past three years, saying that they have many things to improve like “mental stability, mental toughness, and not giving up on the race”, Herzog saw positives out of this race such as “the spirit and drive” that most of the team had.
Next up were the Pullman varsity boys trying not to repeat what happened last year, where they lost to West Valley in the league opener. In spite of this, at the end of last season, there was a three way tie for the league title between West Valley, Pullman, and Cheney. As each team only faces each other once, this was a big race that could very well determine who wins the league title for the GNL boys cross country. Eliason Kabasenche, who won the meet, thought that yesterday’s race “went well for a couple guys on the team, maybe not for everybody, but it’s the first race of the season so it’s kind of to be expected”. Even with the win, the Pullman boys have to improve a lot to be able to contend against Cheney. Kabasenche believes that “we need to try to keep a more conservative pace in the first bit, because Cody Skay (West Valley) took it out hard and everybody went with him and that killed off a lot of people. So I think staying as a pack and encouraging each other is the way to go”. Congratulations to Pullman on their first race, they look to take their strength to the Seaport Invitational this weekend.