CHS cross country opens season, and a little volleyball for you as well…..

Cedarcrest High School’s cross country team opened the season yesterday and had success once again running in their traditional season-opening race.

The Red Wolves’ top unit of boys John Meier, Trail Sammarco, Cade LaTurner and girls Sonja Blycker and Katelyn Wells finished 10th as a team, clocking 1:03.17 on the 15k at the Tahoma Relays, which were held at Lake Wilderness Park in Maple Valley and included a short swim in the lake for the competitors. According to coach Bruce McDowell, this marks the 10th time in the past 12 years they’ve run this thing that their top team finished in the top 10 as a team in the race. Meier and LaTurner led CHS boys in the race, both running their portion of the relay in 11:33, and Blycker led the Red Wolve girls, clocking her 3k segment in 13:37.

Ginger Van Valkenburg also fared well, clocking 14:49 in her segment running for a second Red Wolve unit – the team split into several five-runner combos for the meet, led by the top “A-Team” unit.

The Red Wolves open Wesco competition in Everett on Wednesday facing Cascade, Everett, Glacier Peak and Archbishop Murphy. “Looking forward to seeing how we can build off of today’s meet. The rookies finally have a meet under their belt. The veterans are going to expect more from their second meet,” McDowell told us by email.


Harry Lang Invitational, Hamilton, NY: While this year’s edition of Red Wolves was opening their season with success down in Maple Valley yesterday morning, one of their former stars was also making waves on the college front. Sophomore Grant Van Valkenburg, he of Duvall and who is a graduate of CHS in 2017, took ninth in the men’s race yesterday running for the U.S. Naval Academy in this event hosted by Colgate University. Van Valkenburg ran the 6400m course in 20:29.1 and the Midshipmen took second as a team in the event.

Northwest U. def. Multnomah 25-9, 25-14, 25-19: The Eagles for the second straight night last night rolled to a sweep down in Portland, this time over the Lions to complete the weekend two-fer with two wins. Junior Courteney Carr, from Snoqualmie and a 2017 MSHS’er, delivered 12 assists and four digs for Northwest in this one.

Whitworth def. Whitman 25-15, 25-21, 25-15: In round one of their rivalry series this fall, the Pirates bested the Blues on Whitman’s home floor in Walla Walla last night. Sophomore Emma Anderson, from North Bend and a 2017 MSHS’er, had 12 assists, eight digs and an ace for Whitman in this one. She did not play for the Blues in their earlier match yesterday with Lewis-Clark State, won by the NAIA Warriors in a sweep as well.

Concordia-Irvine def. San Francisco State 15-25, 14-25, 25-22, 25-16, 15-7: The Eagles rallied from an 0-2 hole to stun the Bay Area team at the Seaside Classic tournament in San Diego. Sophomore Patience O’Neal, a former MSHS player, had a kill and two blocks in limited action for Concordia in this one. She did not play in the Eagles’ nightcap, a win over Cal State East-Bay.

Rhett Workman

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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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