By Mike Cane Herald Writer
As they prepare for this weekend’s state cross country championships in Pasco, the Jackson High School boys and girls cross country teams will simultaneously train and lend a hand to an ailing classmate.
This afternoon, as many as 2,000 Jackson High students will do a 3.5-mile run/walk fundraiser to help Kayla Healy, a Jackson senior who suffers from cystic fibrosis. The 17-year-old needs a double lung transplant and her family is trying to raise about $50,000 to help cover the cost of the potentially life-saving medical procedure, Jackson activities director Judi Montgomery said.
“It certainly is life-threatening. She is pretty desperate,” Montgomery said.
Jackson students have already raised $8,000 for Healy, said Montgomery, and today they hope to continue their momentum. The suggested donation for the run/walk is $5 but “every single bit helps,” Montgomery said.
Jackson’s fall sports teams will lead the run/walk, which will start at 2:30 p.m. at the school, wind through the Mill Creek Town Center and conclude back at the school. When the event begins, the Timberwolves male and female cross country runners will be at the front.
In an e-mail reminder to her teammates, Jackson girls cross country team captain Micaela Todd wrote: “There is a suggested donation of $5 but they take whatever you are able to give, and you don’t have to donate, coming out and supporting (Healy) through the walk is enough.”
Learn more about Healy and find out to make a donation at cotaforkaylah.com.
1A cross country results
Coupeville High senior Tyler King won the 1A District 1-3 boys cross country championship Saturday at American Lake Golf Course. King completed the 3.1-mile (5-kilometer) course in 15 minutes, 45.3 seconds. He beat the second-place finisher by 19 seconds. The King’s girls squad scored 109 points and won the tri-district team title. The King’s boys squad scored 129 points and finished third. Coupeville’s King and both King’s High teams advanced to this weekend’s state meet.
L. Stevens senior lacrosse player commits to D-1 Monmouth
Meaghan Hess, a Lake Stevens High senior, verbally committed to the Monmouth University (West Long Branch, N.J.) women’s lacrosse team. Hess, who plays for Snohomish Lacrosse, is the only Class of 2011 prep player in Washington who has given a verbal commitment to an NCAA Division-I women’s lacrosse program, according to LaxPower.com. Hess recently returned from an official recruiting trip to Monmouth and plans to sign an NCAA National Letter of Intent on Nov. 10. In May, Hess received 2010 US Lacrosse High School All-America Team Honorable Mention.
Three local athletes among Wendy’s Heisman state finalists
The list of Washington finalists for the Wendy’s High School Heisman includes three local student-athletes: King’s High’s Curtis Clauson, Edmonds-Woodway High’s Amia Nash and Oak Harbor High’s Adrianna Royal. State Wendy’s Heisman award winners will be announced on Friday. To see the full list of state finalists and learn more about the Wendy’s High School Heisman, go to http://tinyurl.com/2fdyq75.