It happens when you become a state regular.
For the fourth season in a row, the Wildcats' girls team found itself in the big race. Led by senior Christina Wicker, Oak Harbor finished 11th overall in the 3A team standings.
“They know,” Wildcats' head coach Eric Peterson said of Oak Harbor's ever-developing cross country prowess. “We try to make a big deal out of it at the high school.”
The Wildcats were the second Wesco team in the 3A standings. They represented the North while the South's Glacier Peak won the state championship.
Wicker finished 10th overall, notching eight team points. Junior Alexandra Laiblin (19th place) also notched a top-20 finish for Oak Harbor.
“They did really well. … overall it was a good season for them,” Peterson said.
The Snohomish girls team improved one spot on last year's state finish, placing sixth in the team standings this year. Freshman Kyla Shade led the Panthers in her first ever state tournament, finishing 38th overall and tallying 25 team points. (If a single runner places for a team that doesn't have five runners to score, they do not count in the team standings and their points go to the next runner that's part of a qualifying team).
That ushered in a string of Snohomish runners including Bri Gibson, Hailey Nyquist and Hannah Berntson that scored in the top 35 for the Panthers.
Snohomish (192 points) finished two spots ahead of Roosevelt (200), which beat the Panthers in last week's District 1 meet by a single point.
Junior Jessica Rawlins finished 21st, earning 15 points to lead Jackson. The Timberwolves (275) finished 12th overall.
In the 2A tournament, Cedarcrest finished sixth overall with 183 points. The Red Wolves, the No. 5 ranked 2A team in the state, were led by Junior Olivia Waterman, who finished 18th overall with a time of 19:45.8. Sehome, which ran away with last week's District 1 championship at Lakewood High School, finished first, 78 points ahead of the next best team.
King's (127) finished third overall in the 1A team standings, led by a third-place finish by junior Kacey Kemper, who finished about four seconds behind state champion Sally Larson (Cedar Park Christian). McKenna Smith also finished 15th for the Knights, gathering 10 points for her team. Riverside (70) edged out Lakeside (78) for the team title.
at Sun Willows Golf Course, Pasco
Team results—Winner: Riverside 70. Local results: 3. King's 127; 6. Cedar Park Christian 172; 9. South Whidbey 210.
Individuals results—Winner: Sally Larson (CPC) 18:38.5. Local finishers: 3. Kacey Kemper (K) 18:42.2; 11. Lillianna Stelling (SW) 19:44.1; 15. McKenna Smith (K) 19:59.3; 30. Erin Beezhold (CPC) 20:31.2; 37. Lily Kleven (K) 20:47.4; 48. Nora Felt (SW) 21:05.8; 54. Mallorie Mitchem (SW) 21:13.6; 67. Sophia Thomas (K) 21:37.4; 68. Mikayla Morgan (K) 21:38.8; 70. Allison Beezhold (CPC) 21:42.5; 71. Lauren Nelson (CPC) 21:44.2; 78. Mariesa Macdonald (CPC) 21:56.9; 81. Emma Lungren (SW) 22:11.2; 101. Rachel Mills (K) 22:56.5; 107. Kate Dedo (CPC) 23:04.7; 110. Anna Hood (SW) 23:10.6; 116. Kaitlynn Isomura (CPC) 23:33.2; 119. Anna Justus (SW) 23:44.5; 121. Carson Orr (SW) 23:48.4.
Team results—Winner: Sehome 40. Local results: 6. Cedarcrest 183.
Individual results—Winner: Emily Pittis (Sehome) 18:17.7. Local finishers: 18. Olivia Waterman (Cedarcrest) 19:45.8; 31. Lindsey Dorney (Archbishop Murphy) 20:05.4; 40. Diana Carr (C) 20:14.6; 41. Amelia Anderson (C) 20:17.1; 54. Ariel Jensen (Lakewood) 20:37.0; 66. Megan Brimley (C) 20:54; 98. Molly Hammontree (C) 21:35.7; 110. Madison Smith (C) 22:13.0; 117. Cassidy Krawiec (C) 22:34.2.
Team results— Winner: Camas 50. Local Results: 6. Snohomish 192; 12. Jackson 275.
Individual results—Winner: Alexa Efraimson (Camas) 17:34.2. Local results: 21. Jessica Rawlins (Jackson) 19:01.3; 38. Kyla Shade (Snohomish) 19:19.3; 45. Mary Charleson (Jackson) 19:23.5; 46. Bri Gibson (Snohomish) 19:23.9; 48. Cassidy Rude (Arlington) 19:27.6; 49. Hailey Nyquist (Snohomish) 19:29.1; 53. Hannah Berntson (Snohomish) 19:36.7; 70. Emma Janousek (Arlington) 19:51.3; 92. Emily Hylland (Jackson) 20:11.5; 103. Jenna Alleman (Snohomish) 20:29.7; 116. Ciara Benson (Snohomish) 20:59.7; 118. Anna Pischer (Jackson) 21:04.0: 119. Christine Le (Jackson) 21:05.4; 124. Maddie Ellis (Jackson) 21:13.3; 137. Alexandra Dreher (Snohomish) 21:45.6.
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