Forks’ Johnson fifth at district cross country

By Pierre LaBossiere

Olympic Peninsula News Group

Forks freshman Keira Johnson finished fifth at the 2B District 4 Cross Country meet held Saturday at Rainier High School.

Runners from 17 schools competed in the event, which is the completion of postseason for cross country. There will be no state cross country meet due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Johnson ran a time of 22 minutes, 2 seconds, almost exactly one minute off of first place. Senior Karen Ensastegui-Salazar, who twice went to the state cross country meet for the Spartans and has been running for Forks schools since the seventh grade, finished 18th. Her time was not recorded. Kendall Marshall, another freshman for the Spartans, finished 28th with a time of 27:04.

For the boys, the Spartans’ William Perez finished 14th with a time of 16:20. The race was 2.66 miles, and the winning time was 14:12. Cross country meets are normally 5K — about 3.1 miles.