The Marysville Getchell High School girls cross country team claimed the first trophy in the program’s nine-year history Saturday.
The Chargers won the girls team title at the annual Bill Kehoe South Sound Invite at Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, taking first place out of 15 schools in the gold race’s team standings.
Marysville Getchell posted a winning score of 103 points, finishing 24 points ahead of second-place Interlake.
“Last week was a pretty intense training week,” Chargers coach Randy Edens said. “We kind of expected good performances at (the Twilight Invitational on Oct. 5 in Marysville), because it was a week where we tapered down a little bit and recovered. But last week, we bumped it up quite a bit, and we (still) had quite a few performances that were (personal records) for many of our kids.
“We were even a little short-handed too,” he added, “so that makes it even better.”
Marysville Getchell was led by junior Jasmine Nguyen, who took second place out of 111 runners in the girls gold race with a personal-best 5,000-meter time of 18 minutes, 29.09 seconds. That ranks as the seventh-fastest Class 3A girls time in the state this season and the 16th-fastest girls time in the state regardless of classification.
Nguyen was one of three Chargers to earn top-12 finishes. Marysville Getchell senior Julia Rea placed ninth and junior teammate Janae Parsons finished 12th, with both runners posting personal bests.
“I think the biggest thing that’s helped all of our kids — boys and girls — it was probably their best summer in terms of training,” Edens said. “… For our program, (this) by far was our best summer across the board in terms of kids just regularly getting out there in the morning Monday through Friday and getting the training in.”
Stanwood, CPC athletes earn WIAA honors
Stanwood girls swimmer Jetlynn Hau and Cedar Park Christian football player Johny Petrus were named Athletes of the Week by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association last week.
Hau, the defending 3A state champion in the 100-yard breaststroke, took first place in that event with a meet-record time of 1:05.38 at the 29-team Mukilteo Invitational on Sept. 28 at King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. The Stanwood senior also finished third in the 200 individual medley.
Petrus, a junior, rushed for 275 yards and seven touchdowns on just 10 carries in Cedar Park Christian’s 55-29 win over Granite Falls on Oct. 4. He also intercepted a pass.