> Madras runners gave their coaches a surprise at the Cascade Invitational in Turner on Thursday.
The White Buffalo girls finished second while the boys were sixth in the 16-team meet.
A trio of Madras freshmen finished in the top 17 to lead the girls' effort. Britany Devore finished 11th in 22 minutes, 10 seconds on the 5,000-meter course. Amber Lafayette was 20 seconds behind in 12th place and Karlen Yallup finished 17th.
"Those girls ran much more aggressively in their second 5,000-meter race," Madras coach Lonnie Henderson said. "They all ran great times which was fun to see."
Yolanda Yallup followed in 36th with Amanda Butler 40th. Madras tied with Cascade at 116 points but earned second due to the sixth runner tiebreaker. Michelle Lapage finished ahead of Cascade's sixth runner.
The Madras boys finished sixth led by Andrew Flu and Freddy Hernandez. The two ran together for much of the race with Flu finishing 10th in 17:45 and Hernandez 13th in 18:00.
"Andrew breaking 18 minutes was big," Henderson said. "He's already set a personal best in just his second meet of the season."
Jonathan Hutchins finished 44th with Cameron Rosenfield two places behind. Richard Harrington led three Buff runners in finishing 55th with Stephen Scranton two spots back and Jeremy DuPont finishing 59th.