Sports in Brief 12/2

Aberdeen’s Baltazar earns All-American status

Aberdeen High School senior Poli Baltazar earned a national berth and All-American status by running 10th in the Western Regional Foot Locker Cross Country championships Saturday at Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif.

Competing on a hilly, muddy course, Baltazar completed the 5-kilometer course in 15:49. The top 12 finishers received all-expense paid trips to the Foot Locker Nationals next Saturday at Balboa Park in San Diego.

“It was a fantastic race. He ran really smart,” Aberdeen High coach Sherrie Green reported. “It’s the toughest cross country course in the United States. It has brutal hills and it rained yesterday, so there was mud on the hills.”

Benjamin Saarel of Salt Lake City won the boys race in 15:28. Squalicum High School’s Patrick Gibson, who edged Baltazar in the state cross country meet, wound up ninth at regionals.

Renegades advance to Rec Cup semis

The Montesano Renegades stormed into the girls U-13 semifinals of the Recreational Cup soccer tournament with an 8-0 rout of the South Kitsap Sparks on Saturday at Aberdeen’s Stewart Field.

Samantha Stanfield scored the three-goal hat trick, while Haylee Perkinson had two goals for the Renegades. Kayleigh Sutherby, Noelle Tingey and Jordyn Daniels also scored for Montesano.

Results from other Rec Cup games involving Harbor teams were unavailable at press time. The Rec Cup semis are scheduled for next weekend at the Starfire Complex in Tukwila.