Sports in Brief 12/9

Baltazar 31st in nationals

Aberdeen High School senior Poli Baltazar placed 31st in the national Foot Locker Cross Country Championships on Saturday at San Diego.

Competing in a select 40-man field, Baltazar finished the 5,000-meter course in an even 16 minutes. Ed Cheserek of Newark, N.J., won the race in 14:59.

“He ran a great race,” Aberdeen High School coach Sherrie Green said of Baltazar. “He ran strategically. In the middle of the race, he started picking people off and he had a great kick. For him to even be in this race is amazing.”

Squalicum High School’s Patrick Gibson, who edged Baltazar for the state 2A high school title, ran 24th.

Deadline extended for fishing comments

The Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife has extended the deadline for public comment on proposed changes to state sports fishing regulation.

Under the new timeline, public comments will be accepted through Jan. 29. To review and comment on the proposed rule changes, the public is invited to visit the department’s website, Printed copies of the proposals may also be obtained by phoning (360) 902-2672 on weekdays.