Ferris made it 22 straight for Greater Spokane League 4A boys cross country teams at the state meet today in Pasco. North Central won its fourth straight 3A title and will be shooting for the Saxons during the Nike Cross regionals next week in Boise.
Here's my story from Sun Willows Golf Course:
Saturday afternoon at Sun Willows Golf Course, Ferris comfortably extended Greater Spokane League dominance of the State 4A meet with the league’s 22nd straight team triumph, rendering prospects of a taut contest with Henry Jackson an afterthought.
One race earlier North Central, with Ben Johnston becoming its first individual champion, won an unprecedented fourth straight State 3A race by a whopping 71 points, meaning that over those 22 years, the GSL has won 26 team championships as a whole.
Saxons coach Mike Hadway told his charges that if the two-plus decade streak of state titles ended, no one would let them back into
“I told them they don’t want it to be close like everyone says and come down to the sixth man,” he said. “ ‘Guys, let’s do a blow-out’ and it was.”
The days final race, under overcast skies and relative calm, was delayed for 15 minutes when a batch of runners went down following the initial 2:30 p.m. gun.
Following the re-start, Ferris set about defending league honor. Racing fairly conservatively, they spread themselves among the top 30 and for the most part kept in front of their counterparts from Jackson and ultimately numbers 4-5 scorers Justin Zimmerman (24th overall) and Perry Domini (30th) finished well ahead of theirs.
Final score was 68 to 100 with Adam Thorne placing third overall in 15 minutes, 31 seconds, 14 seconds faster than last year. Only 33 seconds separated the five teammates, including 10th place Tim Colliton and Alex Kimsey (18th).
“Great, great, great,” said Hadway of his Saxons’ fifth state title in seven years. “It’s always special. Like I told them, it’s not about Jackson or other teams but about you running your best.”
Individual champion was Shane Moskowitz of
“This year was remarkable. I was not sick at all,”
Being part of the three year experience, he added, was “amazing.”
“It’s always been my dream to win state,” said
Coach Jon Knight said he’d never had an individual cross country winner before and the one thing that stands out is how far this team came in securing a fourth team title.
“They ran five seconds a man faster than Ferris,” he said. “I’m just really proud to have them run so well.”
Republic came close in the 1B/2B team chase, Nik Michel and Jon Bennett running third and fourth in the race. But Northwest Christian Lacey had the top two finishers and pulled out an 83-95 win on the strength of its No. 4 placer. “They had a good race,” said coach Ed Forsman of the Tigers. This was the second trophy following two years without the sport because of budget cuts. Republic was third last year. … Lakeside trophied again, this time fourth behind winner