The Hermiston High School boys cross country team finished the regular season on a high note blowing out the competition at the Kyle Burnside Wildhorse Invite Friday in Pendleton. The Bulldogs’ boys team finished with a score of 29, more than 50 points better than second-place finisher Tri-Cities Prep.

Hermiston seniors Jose Macias and Alejandro Cisneros finished first and second respectively with Macias edging Cisneros by two tenths of a second, with a time of 15 minutes and 52.12 seconds to earn first place. Both runners finished a full six seconds ahead of the third place finisher.

Hermiston’s dominant performance didn’t end there. The school had five different runners finish in the top 11 for the boys. Freshman Hayden Scott placed fifth with a time of 16:17.

Sophomores Angel Castellanos and Donell Rome placed 10th and 11th overall for the Bulldogs. Castellanos ran a time of 16:59, while Rome finished in 17:03.

Hermiston also fared well on the girls’ side. The team finished fourth with a score of 106. Union High School won the girls meet with a score of 25.

Hermiston senior Katie Markwick finished 14th with a time of 20:49. Bulldog sophomore runners Brenda Ortiz, Sofia Gispert and Kylie Markwick also ran well, as they finished in the top third of the race.

Hermiston heads back to Pendleton Saturday for the district meet.

Runners will attempt to qualify for the state meet, which will take place Nov. 2 at Lane Community College in Eugene.

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