Peraza leads Warriors to fourth place finish at state meet | Cross country

Hershey is Edmonds-Woodway's top runner in girls race
By David Pan | Nov 08, 2018
Courtesy of: Joe Christian Edmonds-Woodway’s Deyago Peraza holds the fourth-place trophy he and his teammates won at the state boys cross country championships Saturday, Nov. 3, at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco.

Edmonds-Woodway senior Deyago Peraza ran his second fastest time of the season on what everyone agreed was one of the most challenging courses.

Peraza finished fifth at the 3A state boys cross country championships Saturday, Nov. 3, at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco.

Peraza’s time of 15 minutes, 44.1 seconds matched his time at the Twilight Invitational earlier this season.

“For a guy who’s been only running for two years, he’s running extremely well,” Edmonds-Woodway coach Al Bonney said. “When he gets more experience, he’s going to be really phenomenal.

“Deyago was with the lead pack most of the way. … He was in the thick of it from the start.”

The Edmonds-Woodway boys took home a fourth place trophy for third straight season.

Seniors Dylan Hartono and Lucas Lacambra finished 18th and 26th. Senior Grant Christian placed 52nd and junior Jacob Willcox was 69th.

Bonney praised what the senior class accomplished through the years.

“They’ve solidified their legacy,” Bonney said. “Four years ago when these guys came in, they really made up their mind they were going to be good. … They are a tremendous bunch of kids.”

The same could be said of the girls team, which despite injuries to its top runners, qualified for state. Seniors Alyssa Hershey and Stephanie Wroblewski wrapped up their high school careers by placing 21st and 26th. Senior Katilynn Rust finished 70th. Junior Ellie Gard was 103rd and freshman Jemma Willcox was 104th.

“The mere fact that they got there was significant,” Bonney said.

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