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Cross country on home stretch

The regular season ends for cross country this week so we'll try to sort out what's happening in the Greater Spokane League and Great Northern League, with their standings on the extended entry, the next post-season step or steps with State at Pasco on Nov. 6. Idaho regionals are this weekend and we'll have something on Wednesday's Prep Page.

To get you in the mood for foot racin' we visited with one of Spokane's all-time great female runners in a Then and Now on Tuesday morning. There is also the occasional tweet on cross country - it comes from SRtrim. However, we won't be able to keep you updated from the GSL boys championship race on Thursday or any post season events for two reasons. One, even though I'm now a tweeter, the company hasn't given me a tweet-capable phone, which is OK, because, two, God didn't give me a brain capable of figuring it all out if they did.

Greater Spokane League

Central Valley 7 - 1
Mead 5 – 1
Gonzaga 4 - 2
Shadle Park 4 – 2
Mt. Spokane 4 - 2
Ferris 3 - 3
North Central 2 - 4
Lewis & Clark 2 - 4
University 1 - 5
Rogers 0 - 8

North Central 6 – 0
University 6 – 0
Lewis & Clark 4 - 2
Ferris 4 - 2
Mt. Spokane 4 - 2
Mead 3 - 3 (a long fall for a team one website ranked No. 1 NATIONALLY).
Sadle Park 2 - 4
Central Valley 2 - 6
Gonzaga 1 - 5
Rogers 0 – 8

The 4A teams finish Wednesday.  The key girls meet is at Finich with Prep, Ferris, LC and Mead. Technically the Panthers could tie CV for the league title - and that's the way the GSL looks at things - but in truth the Bears are the champs for last week's head-to-head win. CV has Rogers, which usually doesn't field a full team but Anna Truong is a quality runner for the Pirates so CV's pack has someone to race.

The 3A teams meet Thursday at Plante's Ferry. Up for grabs is the GSL boys title between North Central and University. But wait, there's more and its not that simple. This is also the 3A regional qualifier. Only two teams advance so it's probably a good thing the top two teams have something on the line because if they were to let up ... Shadle Park and Mt. Spokane are ranked in the top five in the state (with Kamiakin between the top two and next two). Also the top 7 individuals from non-advancing teams make regional.

Regional in Wenatchee on Oct. 30.

3A: So why do only two teams advance? Because three teams advance to state and now that the Columbia Basin Big Nine holds the hammer, they're guaranteeing one of their teams makes it. As far as individuals moving on, be in the top 15 or stay home. Notice I did not say top 15 from non-placing teams ... it's top 15, so tuck in behind Anthony Armstrong of Kamiakin, Vince Hamilton and Casey Adams of North Central, Hunter Johnson of Mt. Spokane and Nathan Weitz of Shadle Park and run like a scalded dog. 

The 4A teams also advance three teams and any non-team qualifying runner in the top 15. Here is where you'll see if the GSL's reign is about to end after 2,356 straight state boys titles because Eisenhower is really good and no GSL team has shown the consistency or depth to expect a championship.

Great Northern League

Cheney 5-0
East Valley 4 – 1
Deer Park 3 -1
West Valley 3 – 2
Medical Lake 1-4
Clarkston 1-4
Pullman 0-5

Deer Park 4-0
Cheney 4-1
West Valley 4-1
East Valley 3-2
Pullman 1-4
Medical Lake 1-4
Clarkston 0-5

The league wraps up Wednesday with the boys title up for grabs with West Valley and Deer Park squaring off. The Cheney girls have pretty much sewn up the girls title, as long as they don't stumble against Clarkston.

The District/Regional meet is Oct. 30 at the Gorge (I have no idea where they run but I'd have to believe this could be a pretty spectacular course, but I'm just assuming from my last trip there to see the Doobie Brothers, Allman Brothers and the Dead, which is a whole other story). The top four boys and girls teams advance to state along with the top 20 individuals.

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