E-W sweeps individual titles

  • David Pan<br>Enterprise sports editor
  • Thursday, February 28, 2008 11:03am

Edmonds-Woodway had some solid performances at last week’s Edmonds School District cross country championships.

The Warriors recorded two individual first-place finishes and the boys captured the team title Oct. 16 at Lynndale Park.

Edmonds-Woodway’s Kate Southcote-Want placed first in the girls race with a time of 18:55, 16 seconds ahead of Mountlake Terrace’s Estelle Kills Right. Lynnwood’s Natalie Boyko was third, followed by Mountlake Terrace’s Kenzie Brister and Meadowdale’s Rachel Myhre.

Southcote-Want, a freshman, admitted she was “big-time nervous” before the race and was expecting one of the other girls to set the pace. When no one did, Southcote-Want moved to the front of the pack.

“I tried to set it (pace) and finish strong,” Southcote-Want said.

Edmonds-Woodway coach Regina Joyce said her freshman standout ran a good race.

“It’s her first year running cross country,” Joyce said. “She is still just learning.”

Joining Southcote-Want in the winner’s circle was teammate Derry Betts, who placed first with a time of 14:59 in the boys race, 33 seconds ahead of Meadowdale’s Daniel Stabbert. Meadowdale’s Duncan Hendrick was third and Mountlake Terrace’s Cory Preughschat and Edmonds-Woodway’s Michael Stewart rounded out the top five.

The Warriors won the boys team competition, scoring 36 points to finish ahead of the Mavericks, who had 43. Mountlake Terrace (47) was third and Lynnwood (123) placed fourth.

Only the top two teams from districts and the top 10 individuals advance to state.

Joyce sees the Jackson boys team as a virtual shoo-in for one berth and hopes to be among the contenders for the other team slot.

If all of the Warriors have a great race on the same day, then they should have a good shot at the No. 2 berth, Joyce said.

“It’s going to be real tight competition for the two top state berths,” she said. “I think we’re definitely one of the top four teams (in the league).”

Edmonds-Woodway’s chief competition figures to come from Snohomish and Kamiak.

“It’s going to be whoever can pull it off on that day,” Joyce said.

Mountlake Terrace had four runners place in the top 10 and won the girls team competition with 37 points to Edmonds-Woodway’s 51. Lynnwood (57) was a competitive third and Meadowdale (66) finished fourth.

“I hope we can keep coming together and producing competitive results,” Mountlake Terrace coach David LeWarne said.

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