The Hermiston boys finished 17th in the team standings Saturday at the 50th annual Max Jensen Richland Invitational at Carmichael Middle School in Richland.
The Bulldogs, whose top finisher was Gregory Anderson (76th, 16:44.54), finished with 426 points. Rocky Mountain won the boys team title with 61 points.
Jonas Price of Eisenhower won the 3-mile race in a time of 14:43.81, nine seconds on front of Richland’s Riley Moore.
Following Anderson across the finish line were Freddy Mendoza (79th, 16:47.57), Martin Heredia (100th, 17:08.00), Jackson Shaver (102nd, 17:13.36), Angel Benites (110th, 17:25.29) and Simon Headings (111th, 17:26.66).
The Hermiston girls competed in the Division II race, finishing fourth in the team standings with 154 points. Snohomish won the division with 51 points.
Cydney Sanchez was the top runner for Hermiston, finishing the 3-mile course in a time of 20:16.17, good enough for 14th place.
Following Sanchez were Ellie Ernst (18th, 20:33.74), Sheila Solorio (28th, 21:01.11), Alexia Serna (44th, 21:22.52), Fatima Izaguirre-Frasser (57th, 21:41.73) and Linda Wilson (86th, 22:59.44).
Kamiakin won the girls Division I race with 81 points. Ella Borsheim of Bellarmine Prep finished first (17:32.38), 32 seconds in front of Kennewick’s Geraldin Correa.
Heppner splits matches: The Mustangs split their Blue Mountain Conference matches with Enterprise and Union on Saturday.
Heppner started the day with a 25-18, 24-26, 25-20, 25-20 victory over Enterprise.
Sydney Wilson led Heppner with 13 kills and 38 digs, while Jacee Currin had nine kills and 27 digs, Jenna McCullough and Nichole Propheter five blocks each, and Genevieve Smith 18 assists.
The Bobcats needed five sets to beat the Mustangs - 27-25, 17-25, 26-24, 25-20, 17-15.
“They didn’t get it easy,” Heppner coach Mindy Wilson said.
McCullough led the Mustangs with 11 kills and six blocks. Wilson added 10 kills and 28 digs, while Propheter had 10 kills and six blocks, Currin 27 digs, Smith 15 assists and Aimee Turrell 14 assists.
“I was pleased with how they played for the week,” coach Wilson said. “It was Homecoming week. They had the dance (Friday) night, SATs this morning, and they played Grant Union on Thursday. It’s hard to keep up the stamina. We made small mistakes and it cost us in the end. Union is a tough team. They are young and they are going to be good.”
Griswold loses pair: The Grizzlies dropped Old Oregon League matches to Wallowa and Joseph on Saturday to fall to 5-5 in league play and 8-11 overall.
Wallowa handed Griswold a 25-7, 25-22, 25-14 loss. The Cougars improved to 8-3 in OOL play.
Joseph, ranked No. 7, beat the Grizzlies 25-16, 25-9, 25-19. The Eagles led the OOL standings at 8-1.
Echo splits matches: The Cougars split their Big Sky League matches Saturday with Dufur and South Wasco County.
Echo (18-6, 8-2) beat the Rangers in a marathon match to open the day. The Cougars escaped with a 25-27, 25-13, 10-25, 25-23, 15-7 victory.
The Cougars were not so fortunate against the Redsides (18-7, 7-1), who cruised to a 25-12, 25-13, 25-17 win.
BAKER 48, MAC-HI 12 — The Pioneers trailed just 14-6 at the half, but the Bulldogs poured it on in the second half for a 4A Special District 6 win Friday night in Baker City.
“The final score is by no means a reflection of the performance of the Mac-Hi football team,” coach Gary Robertson said. “A week of illness didn’t help, and our numbers continue to haunts us as we simply ran out of gas.”
Wyatt Gilmore hit Dylan Quist in the end zone for a Pioneers touchdown in the second quarter. A missed PAT left them a point behind the Bulldogs at 7-6.
Baker would score again before the half for a 14-6 lead.
“We were playing inspired, aggressive football,” Robertson said. “In my fourth season as a football coach at Mac-Hi, this was the first time we went into halftime with a legitimate opportunity to beat a league opponent.”
Gilmore threw for 91 yards and ran for 114, while Kiez White ran for 106 yards and a 5-yard touchdown run. Quist finished with 32 receiving yards and had 11 tackles on defense.
Mac-Hi will play at La Grande on Friday.
IONE 42, SHERMAN COUNTY 22 — The Cardinals (1-5, 1-4 SD3) picked up their first win of the season, beating the Huskies (0-6, 0-5) in 1A Special District 3 West action Friday night in Ione.
“We have a lot of young talent that is starting discovery their potential,” Ione first-year coach JJ Rosenberg said. “Hunter Padberg, Taylor Rollins and Colt Parker all had a great game.”
Ione will host Arlington/Condon at 7 p.m. Thursday.