Cross country teams face qualifying races

By JOHN McDONALD

Prep Editor

Western Conference cross country runners face outside competition this week in their quests to qualify for next week’s state meet.

The Wesco 4A competes against the Kingco 4A in bi-district races Friday at Lincoln Park in West Seattle. The top six teams from each league will fight for four state berths.

The Snohomish boys and girls and the Woodinville boys and girls come into the event off wins in last week’s league meets.

Wesco 3A runners will test themselves against their counterparts from the Northwest 3A League in a meet Friday at Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon. The top three teams will advance to the state meet.

The Jackson and Mount Vernon boys and Stanwood and Lynden girls come into the meet off league championship victories last week.

Also on Friday at Skagit Valley College, runners from the North Cascades Conference will race against teams from the Nisqually League in a 2A bi-district meet. The top four teams advance to state.

The Lakewood boys edged South Whidbey on a tiebreaker for the league title last week. The Mount Baker girls are the defending state champions and come into their race off a repeat league championship.

Archbishop Murphy (7-1, 10-3) and Snohomish County Christian (7-1, 11-1) will break their first-place tie in the Northwest A/B League today. Archbishop Murphy won the first meeting 1-0 at home.

Cascade (6-1, 12-1), the Wesco 4A co-leader with Snohomish (6-1, 9-4), plays defending state champion Shorewood (5-1-1, 5-5-3) tonight at Shoreline Stadium. The two co-leaders clash Thursday at Everett Memorial Stadium. The league will play its final regular-season games Saturday.

The final regular-season games in the Kingco 4A are scheduled Thursday. League playoffs next week will determine its bi-district participants.

Fourth place in the Wesco 3A and the last district playoff berth will be at stake tonight when Stanwood (5-5-2, 6-6-2) plays Jackson (5-6-1, 5-7-2) at Everett Memorial Stadium. If Stanwood can hold serve against Jackson, it faces another stern test Thursday against third-place Arlington (8-3-1, 9-4-1) in its final regular season game.

First-place Lakewood (5-1, 12-2) plays Sultan (4-2, 8-4) in a key North Cascades game Thursday. The Turks are tied for second with Meridian (4-2, 8-4).

Marysville-Pilchuck (7-1, 10-2), a game behind Kamiak (8-0, 12-0) in the Wesco 4A, plays at fourth-place Edmonds-Woodway (5-2, 6-5) tonight and hosts Kamiak on Thursday.

The final regular-season games in the Kingco 4A are scheduled Wednesday. The league tournament Saturday will determine its entries into next week’s bi-district tournament with the Wesco 4A.

Monroe (7-4) and Lynnwood (7-4), tied for third in the Wesco 3A, play Thursday at Lynnwood.

Meridian (4-1, 7-4) and Granite Falls (4-1, 9-3) go into tonight’s game tied for second place in the North Cascades Conference.

Dual-meet champion Meadowdale will try to add the league title to its portfolio during the Wesco 3A meet Wednesday at Hal Moe pool in Snohomish.

The Wesco 4A singles tournament runs Thursday through Saturday as does the Class 3A Northwest District tournament. Both tournaments will determine entries for the state meet next May.

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