Jackson dominates district competition

By DAN SARGENT

Herald Writer

MOUNT VERNON – On a cold and windy day at Skagit Valley College the Jackson Timberwolves displayed their dominance, running away with the Class 3A Northwest District team title by 34 points over Stanwood.

Not unexpectedly Jon Skelton of Mount Vernon ran away with the individual championship in a time of 16 minutes, 30 seconds in the 3.1 mile race.

“Our focus was more on the team today than the individual part,” Jackson coach Eric Hruschka said.

Jackson was led by the trio of Evan Wirkalla, Corey Nuro and Devin Paschke, who finished third, fourth and fifth respectively. Jordan Hamm finished 15th and teammate Brandon Renfrow finished 19th for the Timberwolves.

The Spartans were led by Western Conference 3A champion Nick Cairus (seventh), Joe Hallman (12th) Sean Smith, (16th) and Derek Fekkes (20th).

The third-place Everett Seagulls were led by the duo of Russ Pruden, the defending district champion, and Clint Bjella, who finished sixth and 10th respectively.

Retiring Lynnwood coach Ernie Goshorn, in his final season after 31 years, will send Joel Mittleman and Eric Walkingshaw to state after they finished ninth and 13th.

Adam Shimer finished 19th and will be the lone runner from Meadowdale at state.

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