Stanwood puts five runners in top 20 to win district title

By DAN SARGENT

Herald Writer

MOUNT VERNON – The Stanwood Spartans, to no one’s surprise, place first at the Class 3A Northwest District meet Friday at Skagit Valley College.

The Spartans placed their five top runners in the top 20 for a total score of 72. Zoe Urness led the Spartans with a ninth-place finish with teammate Corri Roark right behind in 10th.

Jackson’s Brittany Duke not feeling in top form due to a big breakfast, finished fifth.

“I am not disappointed, I ran the best race that I could today,” said Duke, who won last week’s Western Conference 3A championship.

Squalicum’s Ashlee Vincent finished the 3.1-mile course in 18 minutes, 59 seconds to win the individual championship by more than a minute.

The Timberwolve’s also had a strong showing from Becky Barclay, who finished 13th.

Jackson captured the third and final state berth when their fifth-place runner, freshman Jenny Morris, came in 34th to eliminate Lynnwood’s hope for a state trip.

“I am so happy that our team qualified as well,” Duke said.

Lynnwood’s head coach Ernie Goshorn is retiring after 26 years. The Royals will send a lone runner to state in senior Leoya Kashcheyeva, who finished fourth.

Amber Nickelson of Lake Stevens finished sixth and Monroe’s Bethany Ojalento finished seventh.

The Arlington Eagles will be represented at the state meet by Breann Pickett and Emily VandenEkart, who finished eighth and 15th, respectively.

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