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Prep notebook: Neale second to rival super soph in Nike regional race

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By Mike Cane
Herald Writer
Two-time individual state cross country champion Amy-Eloise Neale beat yet another course record, but this time she didn’t win the race.
On Saturday, Neale, a sophomore at Glacier Peak High School, placed second in the Nike Cross Nationals Northwest Regional race in Boise, Idaho. She completed the 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) Eagle Island course in 17 minutes, 44.2 seconds — more than 10 seconds behind winner Katie Knight, a sophomore at Spokane’s North Central.
The previous course record was 17:57.4, set by Emily Nist of Bishop Kelly (Boise, Idaho) in 2009.
Two weekends ago Neale beat Knight for the second straight year at the Class 3A state meet in Pasco. However, Knight bounced back with an impressive victory at the Nike regional. Both super sophs advanced individually to Nike Cross Nationals, scheduled for Dec. 4 in Portland.
Competing as the Snohomish XC Club because the Nike Regional is not a Washington Interscholastic Activities Association-sanctioned event, the 3A state-champion Glacier Peak girls team hoped to advance to nationals. But the Grizzlies scored 115 points and finished third behind winner Jesuit (91 points) of Portland and runnerup Bozeman, Mont. (94). Just the top two teams earned automatic berths for nationals.
Glacier Peak is eligible for an at-large berth to nationals but won’t find out if it gets in until Nov. 29, Grizzlies assistant cross country coach Frank Dauncey said.
Check out complete Nike Cross National Regional results at
This weekend, four female Glacier Peak runners — Neale, sophomore Katie Bianchini, senior Brenna Condon and freshman Megan Davis — are expected to compete in Border Clash, the annual Washington vs. Oregon cross country event. Border Clash 12, which features girls and boys races, is set to begin at 10 a.m. on Sunday. The Glacier Peak girls and many other runners from area schools qualified for the prestigious competition by placing highly at the state meet on Nov. 6.
See the complete 2010 Border Clash schedule here:
Vote in reader poll: Most exciting winter sport?
This is the last week of the girls soccer season and three weeks remain in the football season, but Monday marked a major turning point: Around the state, winter sports teams (boys and girls basketball, boys and girls wrestling, and boys swimming and diving) were allowed to start practicing. (A few other winter sports and activities — gymnastics, bowling, competitive cheer, dance and drill — started earlier this month.)
Which winter sport are YOU most excited to watch? Share your opinion in a new Herald reader poll at The poll will stay open for a week and results will appear in the Nov. 23 edition of The Herald.
Jackson 2B/SS Tetzlaff signs with WWU softball
Matti Tetzlaff, a Jackson High senior, signed an NCAA National Letter of Intent on Thursday with the Western Washington University softball team. Tetzlaff plays second base and shortstop for Jackson.
Send other previously unreported local signings to
Haataja and MacDonald on 4A all-tournament volleyball team
Leigh-Ann Haataja and Haley MacDonald received individual honors after leading Jackson High to the 4A state volleyball title last week: Haataja, a senior, was named tournament MVP and a first-team hitter. MacDonald, a sophomore, was named a first-team setter.
Haataja, MacDonald and the rest of the Timberwolves helped Jackson become the first Snohomish County team to win the 4A state volleyball championship, going back to the 4A tournament’s debut in 1973 when Ingraham beat Everett in the final.
Update on local all-league teams
Area high school athletic directors from the Western Conference and the Cascade Conference met separately on Nov. 8 and picked the fall 2010 all-league teams. League representatives are expected to release the all-league lists to the media soon. At that point, the lists will appear in The Herald online and in print (when the required amount of space is available).
15th Annual Candy Cane Dash 5K is on Dec. 4
For her senior project, Shorecrest High student Melissa Ruhlman is organizing the 15th Annual Candy Cane Dash, a 5K run/walk. The event starts at 9 a.m. on Dec. 4 at Shoreline Stadium. The entry fee is $20 for those who pre-register by Nov. 24 and $25 for day-of-race registrants. All proceeds will benefit the Shorecrest cross country team and the school’s Senior Project Fund. For more details, including how to register, go to
The Candy Cane Dash is a family affair for Ruhlman. Fifteen years ago her older brother Scott Ruhlman started the race for his senior project. Over the years, two of Melissa Ruhlman’s other siblings — Karen Ruhlman and Kevin Ruhlman — have helped organize the benefit race.
“I am the youngest of 8 children who have all passed through the Shoreline Schools,” Melissa Ruhlman wrote in an e-mail, “and it is finally my turn to organize the race 15 years later!”
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