Girls XC: Bearcat Freshman Mercedes Ricks Captures Dual Meet


W.F. West freshman phenom Mercedes Ricks continued her tear to start the girls cross country season, easily outdistancing the competition for the individual victory in a dual meet with Centralia on Wednesday at Stan Hedwall Park.

After ending up as the Bearcats’ top finisher at the Capital Invite on Saturday with a fourth-place finish in the freshman girls race, Ricks defeated runner-up and teammate Elaina Koenig by 27 seconds on Wednesday to win the girls race at Stan Hedwall with a time of 22:31.57. Koenig was second with 22:58.29.

“It feels good,” Ricks said. “It feels like I could have gone a little harder.”

Other finishers included:

  • Keira Jones, third, Centralia, 24:42.39    
  • Cadence Edminster, fourth, W.F. West, 25:18.40    
  • Ruth Gonzalez, fifth, Centralia, 26:05.53    
  • Lia Hornby, sixth, W.F. West, 26:48.11    
  • Jaelynn Viall, seventh, W.F. West, 27:02.70    
  • Kaitlin Elmore, eighth, W.F. West, 32:26.77    
  • Hailey Isenhower, ninth, W.F. West, 33:17.13    
  • Peyton Hile, 10th, Centralia, 34:41.02   

W.F. West next competes with Black Hills at Aberdeen on Sept. 22. Centralia joins Rochester and Shelton for a meet in Tumwater on Sept. 22.