Olsen wins season opener at Chief Timothy Island

Clearwater Valley's Cole Olsen won the 2.6 mile cross-country race at Asotin this morning, with a time of 13 minutes, 51.19 seconds. Out of 80 varsity boys, Grangeville's Adam Wonnacott finished eighth (15:15.21). Grant Gehring paced the Prairie boys (39, 17:06.39).

The top local finisher on the girls side, Prairie's Kylie Tidwell, placed 29th of 47 in 21 minutes, 38.33 seconds.

For Grangeville, coach Jim Suhr was “pleased.”

“I didn’t know exactly what to expect,” he said. “It’s nice to know where we are on these short courses, but it doesn’t really compare to the 5,000s we’ll be running later.”

For Prairie, coach Glenn Poxleitner saw improvement over last year: “Grant Gehring ran three minutes faster, James Villamor and Brandon Latimer ran two minutes faster. Hope McIntire ran 2 minutes faster. So, I think we are starting out in a great position,” he said.

Up next is the Seaport Invitational Saturday, Sept. 17 at Clarkston.

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