CHS girls’ cross country wins Northwest District meet, plus other cross country news on this Sunday……

To cross country now. Cedarcrest High School’s cross country program is celebrating a girls’ 2A district championship this morning.

The Red Wolves girls dominated at South Whidbey High School in Langley yesterday to take the Northwest 2A title in solid fashion and advance to next weekend’s state meet in the Tri-Cities. They scored 66 team points and beat runner-up Bellingham, who had 72 (lower score wins). All seven CHS runners finished in the top 28, which would have all qualified them individually anyway. They were led by Sonja Blycker, who took eighth clocking 20 minutes, 11.22 seconds on the 5k course at SWHS. Teammate Elsie Dombek was right behind, with a time of 20:35.90 in ninth place. Aryia Farnworth was next, finishing 14th, clocking 21:01.09, and she was followed by Hannah Brabec, who finished 16th in 21:09.49.

Cecelia Kiesow took 19th with a time of 21:15.55, followed by Lauren Krause’s 24th-place 21:21.14. Rounding it out, Katelyn Wells finished 27th, clocking 21:29.86.

This was the third district title for the girls, their first since 2009, and will be the ninth time in the past 12 years the girls as a team have headed east, according to head coach Bruce McDowell.

The boys as a team took sixth, but have two members headed to state. Brennan LeBlanc finished fifth, running the 5k course in 16:53.21, and Ryan LaTurner took 26th, clocking 17:29.51. The sixth place finish did not qualify the Red Wolves as a team, and that ends a streak of five consecutive years the boys made it as a team.

The Cedarcrest representation will join Mount Si High School’s boys, and their lone girls’ rep Addie Kaess, all of whom are competing in the 4A races, at this Saturday’s competition at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco.

Also of note from the Red Wolves yesterday, Trail Sammarco (boys) and Grace Oberndorfer (girls) swept the titles in the district “alternate” races.

College postseason action featuring some locals from yesterday now:

NWC Championships, Estacada, OR: A runner who starred for Cedarcrest last year had a strong showing in her first college postseason race yesterday. Freshman Alicia Krivanek, who graduated from CHS in June, took 23rd running for Pacific Lutheran in the conference’s women’s title race yesterday. She clocked 24:44.7 on the 6k course at McIver State Park near this Portland suburb. Krivanek is from Duvall.

Patriot League Championships, Lewisburg, PA: One of the reasons the Red Wolves boys this year didn’t make state for the first time in six years was because of the huge graduation losses from last year’s team, such as Grant Van Valkenburg. The Duvall product ran his first college postseason race yesterday and finished 98th running for the Naval Academy, clocking 29:09.9 on the 8k course at meet host Bucknell University.

Big Sky Championships, Sacramento: Montana freshman Chloe Cosgrove ran the conference title meet yesterday in northern California in her first postseason race as a collegian, and finished near the back of the pack. The June MSHS grad took 81st, running the 5k course at Haggin Oaks Golf Course in 21:09.8. She is from North Bend.

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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