Cross country recap

Let’s move on to cross country now, and we have some high school and college cross country news for you this morning.

High School
Nike Pre-Nationals, Portland: Mount Si’s boys and girls traveled down there for the first time ever yesterday, and left with a nice showing. The boys as a team took second in the division 3 varsity meet, scoring 125 points, 11 behind winner Catlin Gabel out of Portland. Sophomore Grant Baker led the way, finishing 18th overall with a time of 17 minutes, 35.92 seconds on the course at the Portland Meadows horse racing facility. Junior Jon Gendro took 23rd, clocking 17:42.53, and freshman William Betz was right behind in 24th, with a time of 17:49.28.

As for the girls, the headliner was sophomore Hannah Waskom, and she delivered. Waskom finished seventh overall in the division 1 meet, aiding Mount Si to a 14th place team finish in a field that included schools from Seattle, Portland, Spokane, Phoenix and Los Angeles. Waskom’s final time was 19:10.99, under a minute behind winner Mikayla Soderstein, competing for northern California’s Clovis High School. With a performance like that, against some of perhaps the best competition on the West Coast, Waskom is likely to receive a lot of NCAA Division I college interest as a result, we’ll keep you apprised. As for Waskom’s fellow Wildcat teammate Lindsey Sydnor, she took 41st with a time of 20:25.

Mount Si is at the Twilight Invitational next weekend in Marysville.

Bellevue Invitational, Lake Sammamish State Park, Issaquah: Had Mount Si not been in Portland yesterday, this meet would have been the one they would have competed in. Cedarcrest is a regular here as well, and they were back yesterday, and things went well for them in the meet, held on a nice day as opposed to the rainy conditions last year.

The girls were led by sophomore Madi Shinn, who took 12th in the #3/4 varsity race, clocking 20:38.78. Right behind in 28th in that race was teammate Courtney Tobin; she clocked 22:01.23.

On the boys’ side, Ian Fay took fourth in the #5/6 varsity race, with a time of 17:03.17, and Cameron Hammontree finished in the top 10 in the #3/4 run, with a tenth-place time of 17:05.82. The two times, according to CHS coach Bruce McDowell, were top-ten program times for the Red Wolves in their history.

McDowell was pleased overall with the performance of his team. “As we reach the halfway point of the season, this meet comes at a good time for us,” the coach wrote in comments to the SVSJ. “There were quite a few state ranked teams and top individuals to help us rise to the challenge of a faster race results. Overall, it was a very good day for us. It was certainly our best overall meet this season. Many of our veterans ran their fastest 5Ks of their XC careers. Our freshm(e)n are adjusting well to running the longer distances when compared to the shorter middle school races. Our other rookies are finally getting used to competitive cross country running.”

CHS heads east next weekend for the Sunfair Invite in Yakima. McDowell is looking for a good challenge for his team. “The best part about Sunfair is the course itself,” the coach wrote. “It is a tough and fair course. There is probably only 200m of it where the course is flat. The rest is either uphill, downhill or on the side of a hill. One of my favorite courses. I think that we will be up for the challenge.”

Now to the colleges.

St. Martin’s Invitational., Lacey: Western Washington freshman Maddie Hutchison, from Snoqualmie and a 2014 MSHS grad, took 11th in the women’s race at this meet yesterday, part of a big performance by the Vikings in the competition. Hutchison clocked 20:03.93 over the 5k course.

Battle in Beantown, Boston: Lipscomb University’s women’s team traveled from their home base in Nashville, TN, to this big meet this past Friday, and their sophomore star, Fall City’s Sally Larson, had a solid showing. She finished 65th out of 205 runners in the women’s race, and clocked 18:14 over the 5k course there in Boston.

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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