Ellensburg Invitational XC

Ellensburg High School’s Patrick Adkisson competes in the Ellensburg Invitational Relay earlier this season at Irene Rinehart Riverfront Park.

Ellensburg High School competed at the Hole in the Wall that featured over 100 schools from six different states.

The Bulldogs competed in division I and II and the boys finished as the top 2A school placing 15th. They were led by senior Patrick Adkisson who set an EHS school record in the 5K with a time of 15:42. That put him 16th in division I.

Prior to the season, Adkisson said he wanted to finish around or under the 16 minute mark.

He was followed by Reese Braman (16:42), Baylen Bean (16:46), Gabe Fjellstad (17:17) and Isak Larson (17:29).

“This race was very competitive and crowded,” said head coach Jeff Hashimoto. “Some of our runners got tripped up at the start. Patrick navigated the crowds skillfully and was rewarded with a school record in 5K cross country.”

For the girls, Leah Holmgren placed 11th in Division I in 17:58, followed by Kate Laurent (18:33) and Madison Thompson (20:12). In division II, Rylee Leishman was 8th (19:26), Holly Fromherz was 66th (20:49) and Elisa Wallace 105th (21:05).

“The girls posted some great times and had great races. It is fantastic to break 18 for 5k for Leah, and this is the state leading 2A time,” Hashimoto said. “Kate was close behind, and ran one second faster than Leah ran last year. Madison, Rylee, Holly, and Elisa made great improvements on their times. The girls ran fantastic as a team, and look to be competitive with the top 2A schools in the state.”

Ellensburg hosts Selah, Toppenish and East Valley at Rotary Park on Thursday.

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