YAKIMA — Running strong and growing together as a team was the bond which kept the Grizzlies’ boys’ varsity runners focused over the course of a memorable cross-country season as they wrapped up their Big 9 District 6 meet with junior Reid Weaver qualifying for state at Franklin Park in Yakima on Thursday, Oct. 31.

“It’s really exciting! I remember being here two years ago and admiring all the runners on the podium, I just feel so blessed to be here,” Weaver joyfully expressed after he finished ninth in the varsity three-mile race with a time of 16:33:74.

The team captain competed in a field of 48 and making it to state has been a determined goal of his since barely missing out last year, he noted. Weaver did his research on the conference’s leading runners and developed a strategic plan to keep pace with them as he was both mentally and physically prepared to make the cut.

“Reid Weaver is one of the smartest and gustiest racers I know. He knows exactly how hard to push himself,” SHS boys coach Jeffrey White definitively conveyed. “He had me worried at about a mile and a half in when he was only in twelfth place. But he knew exactly what he was doing and with a quarter mile left, he made a move and put himself into sixth place.

Weaver realized he had to finish in the top 14 to advance and while there were a couple of runners that passed him at the end, ninth place and a personal record at the District meet was a savory accomplishment on Halloween. “. . .He never doubted it and knew the entire way,” White said.

“I have a great bunch of guys who are there every day and working hard with me,” Weaver stated.

He already has a group in place to run with him during his daily, 45-minute fast paced work-out regimen. “. . .He’s a very savvy racer. . .And, he gauged it perfectly today,” White stated.

The 2A WIAA State XC Meet will take place on Saturday, Nov. 9, at Sun Willows Golf Course, 2535 N. 20th Ave., Pasco.

Patrick Shelby can be contacted at 509-837-4500, ext. 110 or email PShelby@SunnysideSun.com

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