SVSJ preview: Mount Si cross country, anchored by strong senior leader on boys side and new blood on girls side, has a new coach, but high expectations for success in 2018

EDITOR’S NOTE: We bring you another Mount Si High School sports preview today as we look at cross country. Tomorrow provides you a look at high school volleyball locally, as we feature both Mount Si and Cedarcrest High School’s volleyball teams as they look for success this fall. A note and that is we expect to have a Cedarcrest High School cross country preview for you sometime over the Labor Day holiday weekend.

Mount Si High School’s cross country team has, for the first time in many years, a new head coach. Despite that change, the Wildcats continue a process of growth that could see them become one of the top programs in Kingco 4A.

New as the head coach this fall is Snoqualmie City Councilmember Sean Sundwall. Sundwall, a local parent, business owner and running enthusiast responsible for organizing and promoting several running events in the Valley each year, including races in Fall City and on Snoqualmie Ridge, takes over the head duties from now-retired longtime head coach Christine Kjenner, who retired following last season. Sundwall has been an assistant with the cross country program for the past four seasons, so the athletes are already very familiar with him and the transition to him as head coach should be smooth.

It also helps that you have some strong senior leadership from boys’ star Joe Waskom. Waskom, among the best in high school cross country in the state, is likely to be running at the NCAA Division I level next fall and boasts a strong resume which included a solid finish at a national-caliber distance track event in California this spring. With Waskom and sophomore Paul Talens leading the way, Sundwall expects the Wildcat boys to contend for the Kingco 4A boys’ championship.

As for the girls, he also expects a strong contention for a crown, but that is due to a large number of talented freshmen, a sign of the growth that the program is seeing in recent years buoyed by the success – and attention – that the Waskom’s, both Joe and older sister Hannah, a 2017 Mount Si HS grad running at the University of Washington, have given the team. Among the freshmen to keep an eye on there are Chloe Hammer and Kelsey Reynolds.

The league shapes up likely to be once again Issaquah and Skyline as the chief competition for Mount Si within Kingco, but their schedule once again should be a challenging one. In addition to a pair of home meets in October that will be hosted at Mount Si Golf Course in Snoqualmie, the program will be competing at Saturday meets in Portland, Tacoma and Arlington along with the Tahoma Relays September 8.

Home meets will begin at 4:00 pm and should run around two hours, with admission being free.

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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