Cross country and golf seasons wrap up

Some cross country news now. Mount Si High School’s cross-country squad closed the season out against Skyline in the rain on Wednesday on the Sammamish Plateau.

Mount Si’s boys were without top runner Austin Gappa, but posted a nice win over the Spartans, anchored by junior Paul Talens. He clocked the 5k course at Klahanie Park in Sammamish in 15:55.6, and fellow junior Tychon Preston finished third, with a time of 16:27.3. Jack Pratapas (fifth), Luke Harper (sixth) and Andrew Ross (eighth) all finished out the top ten for Mount Si.

The Wildcat ladies fell to Skyline in their head-to-head battle but saw strong results from a few of their top runners. Sophomore Ravenna Vaden led the way, clocking 20:13.3 to finish third, while fellow sophomores Makaylee Jensen (fifth), Chloe Hammer (sixth) and Sydney Steskal (tenth) also finished in the top ten. Rounding that out, freshman Olivia Ciabattari took ninth for Mount Si.

The Wildcats are now off until the district meet November 2 at Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah.

CHS sweeps Shoreline “city meet” with VIP in attendance: When your school district’s superintendent comes out to show his support, it’s probably a good idea to put your best foot forward. Well, for the Cedarcrest cross country squad, that’s exactly what they did on Wednesday.

The Red Wolve boys and girls, with Riverview School District Superintendent Dr. Anthony Smith in attendance, dominated in the so-called Shoreline city rivalry meet which featured both Shoreline high schools, Shorewood and Shorecrest, along with Archbishop Murphy.

CHS’ boys finished in six of the top seven positions, including a top four sweep, in taking the boys’ team crown. John Meier clocked the 5k course at Hamlin Park in Shoreline in 17:27.3 and was followed by teammates Cade LaTurner (second), Trail Sammarco (third) and Connor Eck (fourth). London Haley (sixth), Griffin LeBlanc (seventh) and Mason McCann (tenth) rounded things out for the Red Wolves in the top 10.

The Red Wolve girls were just as good, scoring a similarly strong result over both the Scots and T-birds. Archbishop did not place in either boys’ or girls’ team result as they did not have enough runners in either race for the team points. Sonja Blycker won the girls’ race, clocking 20:05.4 and blowing out the field in the process, beating the runner-up, Shorewood’s Kyla Johnson, by over a minute. Gemma Zuvich took third for the Red Wolves and was followed by Katelyn Wells (fourth), Hannah Brabec (seventh), Grace Oberndorfer (eighth), Ginger Van Valkenburg (ninth) and Hannah Bomgardner (tenth) to round out the CHS top ten.

Red Wolve coach Bruce McDowell was pleased. “Overall, we had ourselves a really good day. Hamlin is not an easy course. There are at least six good sized climbs with footing over roots and “sticks” (branches and other loose wood). We (McDowell and assistant coach Dean Vergillo) were hopeful that the kids were going to show up and run really well. And….they did that. Great way to build towards our next trio of really important meets,” McDowell told us by email.

CHS is off until next weekend when they compete in the Wesco postseason meet at Lakewood High School in Arlington.

Golf: Warford finishes third at Kingco
Mount Si’s Drew Warford fired rounds of 68 and 73 Monday and Tuesday to take third at the Kingco/SeaKing tournament in Snohomish. His two-round total of 141 on the par-72 Snohomish Golf Course layout finished him behind a pair of Redmond golfers, Ryan Ho, who won the event by one shot over his Mustang teammate Akshay Anand, and then Warford. Warford tied with Cooper Neil for third with Neil firing rounds of 72 and 69. Drew’s brother Hogan carded 71 and 75 over the two days to finish a little further back with a four-over 146.

All of these guys should be headed to state, but we’ll check on that for you next week here. In any event, the state meet is next spring over in Spokane.

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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