State cross country glance
Where: Sun Willows Golf Course, Pasco
4A BOYS (2:30 p.m.)
The Central Valley boys moved atop the state rankings two weeks ago. The Bears did nothing to harm that rating when they captured a regional title last week. The Bears, state title winners in 2012, don’t have a runner that will challenge for the individual title. This is a team that’s a pack, and it will take that mentality for the Bears to challenge for the title. … Ferris’ Amir Ado, 17th at state last year, will contend for the individual title. … Ferris was fourth last year. … Bellarmine Prep is the defending champ.
4A GIRLS (1 p.m.)
Lewis and Clark took second last year, 70 points behind champion Camas. The Tigers dropped from second to fourth in the final rankings. Central Valley, which edged LC by a point at regionals, climbed to fifth. LC, which returned its core, believes it can challenge top-ranked Camas for the title. Camas is seeking a third straight tile and fourth in five years. … CV will be in the trophy hunt. … CV’s Kearan Nelson and LC’s Katie Thronson hope to contend for a title. Nelson has the second-best time in the state and Thronson has the seventh best. Sophomore Taylor Roe (Lake Stevens) is the returning champ.
3A BOYS (2 p.m.)
North Central broke the state record last year set by former Mead coach Pat Tyson’s teams. The Indians are seeking an 11th straight title. … This has been one of NC coach Jon Knight’s biggest rebuilding years. He’s pleased with how his team has progressed. The Indians are ranked No. 1 and heavily favored to repeat. Second-ranked Kamiakin has the best chance to challenge. … NC senior Jacob Christner emerged as a state title challenger. Christner was 19th last year. … Mt. Spokane senior Hayden Dressel, seventh a year ago, also will challenge for the title. He has the state-best time.
3A GIRLS (12:30 p.m.)
North Central went into the regional meet ranked second in state. But the Indians weren’t among the top seven teams to earn state berths. But NC will be represented by freshmen twin Erinn and Mia Hill. Erinn has the ninth-best time in the state and Mia the 11th best. Mt. Spokane senior Shawnee Konrad will challenge for a top 16 placing. The top 16 individuals earn medals. … The defending champ, Glacier Peak, moved up to 4A. Edmonds-Woodway, second a year ago, is ranked first.
2A BOYS (1:30 p.m.)
Cheney is ranked eighth and Pullman 10th. It’s doubtful either will challenge for a trophy (the top four teams trophy). … West Valley’s Jacob Nicholson, 11th at state last year, has the fourth-best time in the state. Cheney’s Drake Johnson should contend for a medal. … Sehome is the defending champ.
2A GIRLS (11 a.m.)
Pullman, ranked fifth, is the lone Great Northern League team in the top 10. … Cheney’s Hannah Spakousky has the 11th best time in the state. Pullman’s Elyria Kabasenche was fifth last year. … Liberty of Issaquah is the defending state champ.
1A BOYS (noon)
The top three ranked teams are from the Northeast A League – Deer Park, Medical Lake and Riverside, in that order. That’s the order they finished at state a year ago, too. … Ben Shaw of Riverside was third last year and Cody Bollum of Deer Park fourth. They’ll challenge for a state title.
1A GIRLS (10:30 a.m.)
Deer Park, third a year ago, is ranked second and Riverside is third. Northwest of Seattle is the defending champ. … Libby Michael and Moriah Duenich of Deer Park have the fourth- and seventh-best times. Duenich took fifth and Michael sixth last year.
2B/1B BOYS (11:30 a.m.)
Tyler Shea of Northwest Christian has the fifth-best time and Jacob Clark of Wilbur-Creston has the seventh best. Not far behind is NWC senior Jack Ammon, a three-time placer. Ammon was third last year. … NWC (Lacey) is the defending champ.
2B/1B GIRLS (10 a.m.)
Madison Ward of St. George’s will be out to defend her state title. She has the second-best time headed to state. … Ocasta is the defending state champ. Liberty Bell is ranked No. 1.
- By Greg Lee
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