The Washington boys won twice, while the girls split Sept. 13 in cross country action at Washington Park.

The Washington boys won twice, while the girls split Sept. 13 in cross country action at Washington Park.

The first-four finishers were Panthers in a three-mile boys race as the home team dumped Central, 15-46, and Richwoods, 16-42.

Seth Borrowman of Washington was the meet winner in a time of 16:52.

Teammates Louis Manzella, Jacob Lee and Wes Learned wound up second through fourth, respectively.

Jacob Castor (sixth place) and Joe Raney (10th) also were in the top 10 for the Panthers.

On the girls' side, Richwoods was a 23-32 winner, but Washington walloped Central, 20-41.

Haley Willis was fourth to pace the Lady Panthers.

Ashlee Knott (sixth), Jaclyn Finney (seventh) and Brittany Wright (ninth) gave Washington four top-10 runners.

Having four out of its top seven from last season's state qualifying team back is beneficial for the Lady Panthers.

"That does help having that experience on the team," WCHS girls head coach Troy Walcott said.

Newcomers such as Finney and Meghan Rest already have shown they can contribute for the varsity.

"That helps us having people who want to step up," said Walcott.

At the Sept. 8 First to the Finish Invitational at Detweiller Park, Walcott was happy to point out the combined time of his top five was 1 hour, 42 minutes, a three-minute improvement from 2011.

The Washington boys (19-42) and girls (26-29) lost to East Peoria Sept. 11 at Illinois Central College as the Mid-Illini Conference dual season opened.