The Everett Elite Flag Football 14-under team practices Sunday morning at Harbour Pointe Middle School in Mukilteo, Washington on January 16, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Community roundup: Jackson grad takes 1st, sets record at cross country meet

Plus, locals earn NWAC weekly honors and Daniel Arias joins NFL practice squad.

The field and occasion weren’t too big for Joseph Skoog.

The Jackson High School graduate, now a junior on the Bethel University men’s cross country team, took first place in the Silver Division of the Louisville Cross Country Classic held Saturday in Louisville, Kentucky.

Competing in a division primarily for NCAA Division III athletes, Skoog completed the 8-kilometer race in a time of 24 minutes, 49.8 seconds to finish first among 389 competitors. His time broke his own 8-kilometer school record and was 35 seconds faster than the second-place finisher.

Skoog’s efforts helped Bethel finish 10th out of 48 teams in the team competition. Skoog was subsequently named the Mid-South Conference Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week.

EvCC claims two weekly volleyball awards

Everett Community College took home two of the three Northwest Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week awards for Sept. 18-24.

Malia Shepherd, a sophomore outside hitter and Arlington High School graduate, was named the Offensive Player of the Week. Shepherd had 31 kills, 17 digs, four blocks and hit .333 as the Trojans swept matches against Shoreline and Whatcom.

Katie Serles, a sophomore setter from Okanogan, was named the Setter of the Week. Serles had 55 assists, nine aces and 10 digs in the two victories.

Everett is 2-2 in North Region play and 17-7 overall.

Lynnwood H.S. grad Kembel earns NWAC honor

Lynnwood High School graduate Maya Kembel, now a sophomore on the Skagit Valley College women’s soccer team, was named the Northwest Athletic Conference’s Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week for Sept. 18-24.

Kembel scored four goals in an 11-0 victory over Shoreline, then added another goal in a 3-0 triumph over Everett.

Kembel has helped the Cardinals to a 5-0-1 record in North Region play and 6-0-2 record overall.

Arias joins Chiefs’ practice squad

Jackson High School graduate Daniel Arias is back in the NFL after he was signed by the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs to their practice squad. The undrafted rookie wide receiver was on the Arizona Cardinals’ practice squad earlier this season before being released two weeks ago.

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