RAINIER — The Astoria girls cross country team continued its winning ways Wednesday, taking first place out of seven schools in the team standings of the Trojan Relays.
The annual meet is a 10-mile relay around the lake at Trojan Recreation Park in Rainier. Each team consists of five members, and teams can be all male, all female, or coed.
Astoria senior McKenzie Burnett had the fastest lap time for the Lady Fishermen, covering the approximately 2-mile leg of the 10-mile relay in 12 minutes, 29 seconds.
Freshman Sophie Long had the second-fastest lap (12:35), while Emma Roe, Kathy Perez and Abby Gronki also ran on the winning varsity team.
On the boys’ side, Cameron Van Raden had the fastest time for Astoria (11:12), followed by Parker Ivanoff (11:30). Will Berezay, Calvin Kaul and Nikolai Boisvert rounded out the Astoria team, which finished second overall behind St. Helens.
“The Trojan Relays was a good way to switch up the distance and pace, and really just get out and have a fun time racing in a little different format,” said Astoria coach Andrew Fick. “It’s nice to run in a smaller meet midweek to shake things up, and keep it light before heading into the George Fox Invitational next weekend, and then Districts another couple weeks after that.”
He added, “cross country is such a unique sport, because you can be racing against hundreds of other runners from around the country one weekend, bounding through mud pits the next, and then running with local teams through a park the week after that.
“The camaraderie of distance runners is pretty special, and it’s even more fun when you come home knowing that you ran well together as a team.”