Glacier Peak senior Aviry Stratton pushes toward the finish on her way to a fourth-place medal in the Class 4A girls race at Saturday’s state cross country championships at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco. (TJ Mullinax / for The Herald)

Glacier Peak senior Aviry Stratton pushes toward the finish on her way to a fourth-place medal in the Class 4A girls race at Saturday’s state cross country championships at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco. (TJ Mullinax / for The Herald)

State cross country roundup: GP’s Stratton overcomes adversity

After fighting an iron deficiency all season, she still placed 4th at the 4A state championships.

SOUTH WHIDBEY BOYS TAKE 4TH

South Whidbey placed fourth in the 1A boys team standings to claim its first state trophy since 2003.

Falcons coach Doug Fulton said his team was in sixth place at the two-mile mark, but made up ground during the final mile to grab the final spot on the podium. Michael Harwell, a senior, placed 24th to lead South Whidbey.

“It’s hard to move that late in a race from sixth to fourth and make up so many points, but they really battled strong,” Fulton said. “… We just charged real hard down the stretch and got it done, so (it was) pretty exciting.”

In the 1A girls race, South Whidbey junior Kaia Swegler Richmond earned a sixth-place state medal.

OTHER NOTABLE PLACINGS

The Marysville Getchell girls (gold jerseys) made their first state appearance in program history and earned an eighth-place team finish. (TJ Mullinax/The Herald)

The Marysville Getchell girls (gold jerseys) made their first state appearance in program history and earned an eighth-place team finish. (TJ Mullinax/The Herald)

Jackson took fifth place in the 4A boys team standings. The Timberwolves were led by junior Brenden Charbeneau, who placed 14th.

Edmonds-Woodway senior Ellie Gard claimed an eighth-place state medal in the 3A girls race, leading the Warriors to a sixth-place team finish.

Making its first-ever state appearance as a team, Marysville Getchell placed eighth in the 3A girls team standings. The Chargers were led by junior Jasmine Nguyen, who finished 15th.

King’s sophomore Nick LeBar placed eighth in the 1A boys race.

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