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Cross Country State Championships

Lake Stevens runners (left to right) Beau Klick, Zach Bush, Scott Schmitt, David Castillo, Caleb Mina, Mason Nicol, Jeff Lozensky, Chase Reid, and Austin Hughes show off their bleached blonde hair before their race at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco Saturday. It has been a tradition for the Lake Stevens men's team to dye their hair gold if they make it to the state championships.

Lake Stevens runners (left to right) Beau Klick, Zach Bush, Scott Schmitt, David Castillo, Caleb Mina, Mason Nicol, Jeff Lozensky, Chase Reid, and Austin Hughes show off their bleached blonde hair before their race at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco Saturday. It has been a tradition for the Lake Stevens men's team to dye their hair gold if they make it to the state championships. (Joe Dyer / The Herald)

Amy-Eloise Neale of Glacier Peak (right) overtakes her long time rival Katie Knight of North Central during the 3a state championship race at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco Saturday. Neale ended up taking home the 3a state title while Knight took second place. This will be Neale's 3rd state title and Knights third runner up. Knight won the title in 2011.

Amy-Eloise Neale of Glacier Peak (right) overtakes her long time rival Katie Knight of North Central during the 3a state championship race at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco Saturday. Neale ended up taking home the 3a state title while Knight took second place. This will be Neale's 3rd state title and Knights third runner up. Knight won the title in 2011. (Joe Dyer / The Herald)

Stanwood runners Jordin Stephenson, 17, (left) and Natalie Wyles, 15, chat in their tent before the 3a state championship race at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco Saturday.

Stanwood runners Jordin Stephenson, 17, (left) and Natalie Wyles, 15, chat in their tent before the 3a state championship race at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco Saturday. (Joe Dyer / The Herald)

3a boys runners compete in their 2012 State Cross Country Championship race at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco Saturday.

3a boys runners compete in their 2012 State Cross Country Championship race at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco Saturday. (Joe Dyer / The Herald)

Lake Stevens runners change into their running outfits just before their 4a state championship race at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco Saturday.

Lake Stevens runners change into their running outfits just before their 4a state championship race at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco Saturday. (Joe Dyer / The Herald)

Mead runner Andrew Gardner runs the final mile of his 2012 4a State Cross Country Championship race at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco Saturday. Gardner took first place with a time of 15:02:3.

Mead runner Andrew Gardner runs the final mile of his 2012 4a State Cross Country Championship race at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco Saturday. Gardner took first place with a time of 15:02:3. (Joe Dyer / The Herald)

Glacier Peak runners (left to right) Keagan smith, Isaac Ripley, Blake Forkey, James Horne, and Zachary Smith relax in their tent before the 3a state championship race at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco Saturday.

Glacier Peak runners (left to right) Keagan smith, Isaac Ripley, Blake Forkey, James Horne, and Zachary Smith relax in their tent before the 3a state championship race at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco Saturday. (Joe Dyer / The Herald)

Amy-Eloise Neale of Glacier Peak leads in the 3a state championship race at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco Saturday. Neale finished first in her race taking home her third 3a state title.

Amy-Eloise Neale of Glacier Peak leads in the 3a state championship race at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco Saturday. Neale finished first in her race taking home her third 3a state title. (Joe Dyer / The Herald)

4a boys runners Jesus Medina of Eisenhower (left) and Mason Nicol of Lake Stevens (right) run the final mile of their 2012 4a State Cross Country Championship race at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco Saturday.

4a boys runners Jesus Medina of Eisenhower (left) and Mason Nicol of Lake Stevens (right) run the final mile of their 2012 4a State Cross Country Championship race at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco Saturday. (Joe Dyer / The Herald)

Kamiak runners (left to right) Ryan Bradford, Kash Goudarzi, Tomislav Smith, and Jackson Carter reflect on their performance after running the 4a state championship race at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco Saturday. Hoping to finish in the top four Kamiak ended up placing 12th in the state championship.

Kamiak runners (left to right) Ryan Bradford, Kash Goudarzi, Tomislav Smith, and Jackson Carter reflect on their performance after running the 4a state championship race at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco Saturday. Hoping to finish in the top four Kamiak ended up placing 12th in the state championship. (Joe Dyer / The Herald)

4a boys runners Gavin Leaverton of Eisenhower (left) and Ryan Bradford of Kamiak (left center) run the final mile of their 2012 4a State Cross Country Championship race at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco Saturday.

4a boys runners Gavin Leaverton of Eisenhower (left) and Ryan Bradford of Kamiak (left center) run the final mile of their 2012 4a State Cross Country Championship race at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco Saturday. (Joe Dyer / The Herald)

4a girls runners begin their 2012 State Cross Country Championship race at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco Saturday.

4a girls runners begin their 2012 State Cross Country Championship race at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco Saturday. (Joe Dyer / The Herald)

Jackson runners Anna Pischer (left) and Christine Le (center left) race to the finish line at Sun Willows Golf Course during the 2012 4a State Cross Country Championships in Pasco Saturday.

Jackson runners Anna Pischer (left) and Christine Le (center left) race to the finish line at Sun Willows Golf Course during the 2012 4a State Cross Country Championships in Pasco Saturday. (Joe Dyer / The Herald)

4a boys runners compete in their 2012 State Cross Country Championship race at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco Saturday.

4a boys runners compete in their 2012 State Cross Country Championship race at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco Saturday. (Joe Dyer / The Herald)

4a boys runners compete in their 2012 State Cross Country Championship race at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco Saturday.

4a boys runners compete in their 2012 State Cross Country Championship race at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco Saturday. (Joe Dyer / The Herald)

Amy-Eloise Neale of Glacier Peak leads in the 3a state championship race at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco Saturday. Neale finished first in her race taking home her third 3a state title.

Amy-Eloise Neale of Glacier Peak leads in the 3a state championship race at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco Saturday. Neale finished first in her race taking home her third 3a state title. (Joe Dyer / The Herald)

4a girls runners begin their 2012 State Cross Country Championship race at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco Saturday.

4a girls runners begin their 2012 State Cross Country Championship race at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco Saturday. (Joe Dyer / The Herald)

4a boys runners Mark Tedder of Battle Ground (left) and Aaron Roe of Jackson run the final mile of their 2012 4a State Cross Country Championship race at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco Saturday. Roe took sixth place and Tedder eighth in that race.

4a boys runners Mark Tedder of Battle Ground (left) and Aaron Roe of Jackson run the final mile of their 2012 4a State Cross Country Championship race at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco Saturday. Roe took sixth place and Tedder eighth in that race. (Joe Dyer / The Herald)

Kamiak runners reflect on their performance after running the 4a state championship race at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco Saturday. Hoping to finish in the top four Kamiak ended up placing 12th in the state championship.

Kamiak runners reflect on their performance after running the 4a state championship race at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco Saturday. Hoping to finish in the top four Kamiak ended up placing 12th in the state championship. (Joe Dyer / The Herald)