Washougal juniors Sean Eustis and Isaac Stinchfield were the first two runners to cross the finish line at Thursday’s league championship race in Hockinson, and freshman Karina Miller motored into the top 10.
Head coach Terry Howard says watch out for the Panther hot rods during Saturday’s district championship meet, at Lewisville Park in Battle Ground. Their brand new orange and white jerseys are turning heads as they run by.
“Everybody knows who Washougal is now,” Stinchfield said.
The girls start at 11 a.m., followed by the boys at 11:40. The top three teams and 15 individuals qualify for state Nov. 5, at the Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco.
“Our aspirations are to get both teams to state,” Howard said. “We know we’re going to have to run our best to get there, and that’s what it’s all about. Our kids are all preparing to run the race of their lives on Saturday.”
Eustis urges his teammates to push the envelope.
“There can be nothing left to give after this race,” he said. “If you want to go to state, it’s going to take guts. Dreams can start it, but guts have to finish it.”