Upcoming Washington State cross country
Where: Sun Willow Golf Course, Pasco
Times: First race at 9:30 a.m., last race at 2:30 p.m.
4A (girls 1 p.m., boys 2:30)
The Greater Spokane League boys’ streak of team titles goes back to 1988, the year after Eisenhower won the big-school title. Ike’s Cadets are favored to end that streak, but Lewis and Clark is coming on behind senior Kenji Bieng. Mead sophomore Andrew Gardner has been the top individual after placing eighth last year when Bieng was third. The CV girls are back for the fifth straight year but only have a third-place trophy, from 2008. Defending champion Eastlake is back and Mead senior Baylee Mires was fifth last year.
3A (girls 12:30, boys 2 p.m.)
North Central is after its fifth straight title and seventh top-two trophy with the 1-2 punch of seniors Vince Hamilton and Casey Adams leading the way. Anthony Armstrong of Kamiakin has been running well, along with Shadle Park’s Nathan Weitz. The Shadle girls are the defending champions, but Glacier Peak, second by eight points last year, expects to change that. In what could become the most long-running drama, including track, NC’s sensational Katie Knight and Shadle’s Kendra Weitz keep chasing Glacier Peak’s Amy-Eloise Neale. Neale won the distance triple crown last year when all three were freshmen.
2A (girls 11 a.m., boys 1:30)
Cheney boys and girls look to take a run at top-ranked Sehome in both races. The Sehome boys were second last year to Burlington-Edison while the girls edged Kingston by two points. Sehome’s Scott Carlyle is back to defend his title. Cheney’s Sanne Holland could make a run at the girls title after finishing third as a freshman.
1A (girls 10:30, boys noon)
Lakeside’s boys and girls were fourth behind Nooksack Valley and King’s, respectively, last year. King’s is back, but Riverside, Omak and Lakeside are ranked ahead of the defending champions. Northwest junior Maddie Meyers is gunning for her third individual title. Charles Wright Academy is favored on the boys side, with Lakeside third and Colville fourth. Bereket Piatt of Port Townsend is back to defend his crown.
2A/1B (girls 10 a.m., boys 11:30)
Northwest Christian-Lacey boys and girls are expected to win again, a third title for the boys and a fifth for the girls. The individuals champions are also back – Lucas Graham, a junior at NWC-L, and Morgan Willson, a junior at Colfax. The Republic boys, behind Jon Bennett, fourth a year ago, hope to make a run. The Tigers were 12 points behind last year.
The only competitors last year were from Central Valley, Amberlynn Weber and Emily Owens in the girls race and Austin Pruitt in the boys race. Weber was second and Owens fourth as freshmen.