MONTESANO — An upset in the boys team race prevented the Evergreen 1A League Cross County Championships from turning into an all-East County show.
Gabrielle Rudolph led a Montesano sweep of the top-three places as the host Bulldogs ran away with the girls team title Thursday at Lake Sylvia State Park.
Elma’s Wesley Allen took individual honors, but Rochester capitalized on superior depth to upend the Eagles for the boys crown.
The Warriors finished with 54 points to wind up eight points ahead of Elma. The Eagle boys had gone unbeaten in league dual competition, topping Rochester in the process.
Monte’s girls totaled 28 points — 25 lower than runner-up Hoquiam.
Taking four of the top-five places, the Bulldog girls are well-positioned for the District IV 1A meet Nov. 2 at Woodland.
“The girls have been working hard,” Monte coach James Edwards said. “I’m proud of them.”
Rudolph, as usual, led from the outset. Teammate Andrea Ostwald stayed within striking distance for about half of the 5,000-meter course, but Rudolph pulled away to prevail with a time of 19:52.5.
Ostwald was second in 20:11.4, while Monte sophomore Sydney Potter was third in 20:31.1.
Montesano’s Baylee Roble ran fifth, behind Forks’ Kari Larson.
Edwards was encouraged by the showing of fifth runner, Daria Iaschenko, who was a respectable 25th. Lack of consistency in the No. 5 slot has represented one of Monte’s few concerns this season.
Allen outdueled Montesano’s Brandon Lovell to take the boys title.
Plagued by a tight hamstring and a rugged training schedule, the Elma sophomore had finished behind Lovell in Hoquiam’s Grizzly Alumni Invitational meet 12 days earlier.
The East County duo ran virtually stride for stride for the early portion of the race, with Allen leading by a couple of feet entering the Chapin Collins Memorial Forest at about the 1 1/4-mile mark.
He widened the margin to three seconds exiting the forest and wound up winning by 10 seconds in 17:13.9.
Montesano’s Gabe Spearin ran fourth and Hoquiam’s Mario Joya turned in easily his best performance of the season by placing fifth in 18:09.1.
“We’ve been working all season for postseason,” Hoquiam coach Jennifer Pace related with a smile. “I guess (Mario’s) what you’d call a gamer.”
Rochester bunched all five of its point scorers between sixth (Jameson Pasko) and 21st to edge Elma. Eagle coach Dave Beeler, while praising Allen and No. 5 runner Brody Burbidge, was disappointed with his team’s depth.
“I just don’t think we were ready to come here and compete,” he said.
On the plus side, Beeler was happy with his girls’ showing. Daphne Peek and Luna Zang took sixth and seventh, respectively.
“Our goal is to get two teams to state and that’s what we’re shooting for,” the Eagle coach said.
Montesano seventh grader Andy Fry won the junior high boys race in 9:35.8 for 1.6 miles. Centralia Christian’s Rachel Wilkerson won the girls run in 10:33.7, with Monte’s Mattilyn Ekerson second in 10:41.1.
Rochester 54, Elma 62, Forks 82, Montesano 88, Rainier 114, Hoquiam 117, Tenino 181
1. Wesley Allen (E) 17:13.9. 2. Brandon Lovell (Monte) 17:23.4. 3. Alan Ensastegui (Forks) 17:50.9. 4. Gabe Spearin (Monte) 17:51.5. 5. Mario Joya (Hoq) 18:09.1.
Other Harborites in top 35: 8. Dylan Bennett (E) 18:20.0. 12. Austin Drake (Hoq) 18:39.5. 13. Kyle Smith (E) 18:41.3. 15. Emir Turarov (Monte) 18:45.1. 17. Lukas Starks (E) 18:58.3. 20. Dakota Jefferson (Monte) 19:07.3. 23. Brody Burbidge (E) 19:19.4. 29. Luke Creviston (Hoq) 19:55.8. 33. Alex Valliere (Hoq) 19:58.6.
Montesano 28, Hoquiam 53, Elma 58, Rainier 79
1. Gabrielle Rudolph (Monte) 19:52.5. 2. Andrea Ostwald (Monte) 20:11.4. 3. Sydney Potter (Monte) 20:31.1. 4. Kari Larson (F) 21:13.5. 5. Baylee Roble (Monte) 21:29.0.
Other Harborites in top 20: 6. Daphne Peek (E) 21:41.5. 7. Luna Zang (E) 21:52.7. 10. Emma Skinner (Hoq) 23:04.6. 11. Alexis Franklin (Hoq) 23:08.2. 13. Savannah Smith (Hoq) 23:27.2. 14. Cynthia Alatorre (E) 23:47.3. 16. Cora Foss (Hoq) 24:24.1. 17. Tahni McGaughy (E) 24:45.5. 20. Piper Sandstrom (Hoq) 25:26.6.