MSHS, CHS cross country compete in regional meets

Let’s take a look at high school cross country this morning.

Keyed by another dazzling effort from a Waskom, Mount Si boys finish second in Portland
Freshman Joe Waskom has certainly put himself on the high school cross country map. On the heels of his win at home this past Wednesday, Waskom and his Mount Si boys’ cross country teammates went down to Portland for the Nike Portland meet yesterday, and the Wildcat boys delivered a huge showing, keyed by another big run from Waskom.

Waskom won the Division 2 boys varsity race, clocking 16 minutes, 13.36 seconds, beating runner-up Brent Mogensen, from Monta Vista of Cupertino, CA, by a little over eight seconds at the meet, held at the Portland Meadows horse racing facility. Junior Jackson Stokes also had a big run, finishing 11th overall (16:49.41) in the race, which featured the Wildcats competing against teams from all over the western United States. Oregon’s Seaside won the division, with Mount Si finishing second as a team anchored by the efforts of both Waskom and Stokes.

William Betz took 17th in the race, with a time of 16:57.40, and fellow MSHS’ers Tanner Sundwall (17:29.17, 44th) and Jon Gendro (17:43.80, 54th) finished a little further back in the 105-boy field.

Meanwhile, the girls competed in the meet’s elite division, and Mount Si took 10th, a good showing but probably not what they were anticipating. A lot of that was due to struggles for some of the group. Junior Hannah Waskom, as expected, did very well, taking 12th (18:24.03) on the 5k course, but teammate Lindsey Sydnor, who was in position for a possible top-25 finish, instead finished 59th (19:48.08) and third among all Wildcat girls. The second-place Mount Si finisher was Melissa Hruska, who took 49th overall (19:31.81).

Rounding out the top girls, Chloe Cosgrove took 68th (19:58.09) and Julene McDonald posted 78th (20:09.76) in the 105-girl field.

Sunset, from Portland, won the team title, with Denver’s Cherry Creek taking second. The Wildcats also faced current Kingco 4A foe Skyline and ex-Kingco 3A rival Liberty in the race, along with schools from Oregon, Idaho and California. Sunset freshman Ember Stratton won the race by six seconds over runner-up Amanda Gehrich, from Tesoro High in California.

Mount Si next competes this coming weekend at the Marysville-Getchell Twilight meet in Marysville.

Cedarcrest runners have good showing at Bellevue Invitational
Cedarcrest High School’s cross country team had a good effort at yesterday’s Bellevue Invitational at Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah.

On the boys’ side, in the top varsity race, Red Wolve junior Ian Fay took 29th overall, clocking 16:39.98, and fellow junior Cameron Hammontree finished 47th (17:14.78). For the girls, their top varsity runner, Alicia Krivanek, finished 19th in the second-tier varsity race, with a time of 20:29.59. Her teammate, Madi Shinn, took seventh in her varsity race, clocking 20:42.35.

Boys Gunnar Schultz (17:49.87), Grant Van Valkenburg (17:17.03) and Ben Benson (17:10.57) all had top-20 performances in their respective varsity level races as well for the Red Wolves. The varsity races were split up into four tiers, from the top tier on down.

Cedarcrest’s boys recorded a seventh-place team finish with 213 points, while the Red Wolve girls did not score in the team standings.

The Red Wolves next compete at the Sunfair Invite in Yakima this coming weekend, their second trip east over the Cascades this season.

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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