The Pendleton cross country teams got warmed up for their season with a community run in The Dalles Saturday and coach Nicole Stewart said things are looking very good.
Both the boys and girls teams swept the top five places of the high school division in the hilly road race. Also, two girls beat the time set by last season's pace setter Christine Harwood, who graduated in the spring.
Nicole Dillavou won the girls' high school division with a time of 21 minutes, 26 seconds and Taylor Meyers was second in 22 minutes flat. Harwood ran the course in 22:04 last season. Stewart said all of her runners had dropped about a minute and a half from their times at this race by season's end last year so she is expecting a great year.
For the boys, Ryan Montgomery took first, followed in a tight grouping by Tyler Zyph, Jacob Peterson, Austin Dennis and Kevin Robinson.
"I?was really excited about the boys to already have them running in a pack like this looks very good for the season,"?Stewart said.
She said based off this race it appears there will be 11 boys that could push for varsity spots throughout the season.
Stewart added that all of the girls on the team were faster than they were a year ago. Sandy Torres placed third, Katie Dillavou fourth and Emma Anderton fifth.
Stewart said she also was pleased with the results of freshman Taylor Bradburry and Brittany Gregerson, who were 6th and 7th on the girls team.
The Bucks will begin their season Sept. 12 at the Trask Invitational in McMinnville.