Cedarcrest XC changes course, but result is still same, very strong, 9-29

Cedarcrest’s cross country team was scheduled to travel to Yakima yesterday for the Sunfair Invite, but that meet was postponed, another sports casualty of the poor air quality conditions in Central Washington thanks to the numerous wildfires burning in the mountains. So they changed course and stayed on this side of the mountains, and ended up doing fairly well at the Curtis Invite down in Tacoma.

Both the boys and girls finished third place overall as teams, with their top runners doing especially well. Juniors Logan Orndorf and Olivia Waterman finished tops among the Red Wolve entrants; Orndorf took third in the boys’ race with a time of 16 minutes, 14.8 seconds, and Waterman finished seventh in the girls’ race, with a time of 19:23.59. The boys placed six entrants in the top 50 while the girls had five.

Cedarcrest coach Bruce McDowell was pleased with how closely bunched his runners were. The top CHS finisher, Orndorf, on the boys’ side finished 1:06 better than the Red Wolves’ fifth-place finisher, Colton Green. In addition, it was 1:14 between Orndorf and the last CHS finisher, Evan Atwater. “Those are both really good gaps considering that the faster that Logan runs, it does make the time gap bigger,” McDowell wrote by email, adding that this is something he and his coaching staff look for in each meet, so this will be something to watch as the season rolls on.

The girls also stayed close together, with Waterman finishing 1:12 ahead of sixth-place Red Wolve finisher Cassidy Krawiec. “We were really pleased with the effort by the girls’ team,” McDowell wrote. “We are not as deep as previous years but we have got some good running up front.”

Cedarcrest is home this week; they run Thursday in a meet at Carnation Golf Course at 4:00.

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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