A historic day for local cross country, as Mount Si and Cedarcrest qualify both their boys and girls to state for first time ever, plus the college action…..

It was a banner day for the sport of cross country running in the Valley yesterday, as for the first time in local sports history, the boys’ and girls’ cross country teams from both local high schools, the Upper Valley’s Mount Si and the Lower Valley’s Cedarcrest, grabbed tickets to the high school state cross country championships.

Mount Si High School’s cross country squad made history yesterday, with both the boys’ and girls’ teams qualifying for the 4A state meet for the first time ever.

The Wildcat girls made school history twice, winning their first-ever district title and thus punching their first state berth as a team since 1977, scoring the win at the SeaKing/Northwest 4A BiDistrict meet at Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah.

Mount Si eked out Kingco rival Eastlake for that top spot, scoring 94 points to the Wolves’ 102, with the lower score winning. Junior Hannah Waskom led the way for the Wildcats, clocking 18 minutes, 58.99 seconds for a fourth place finish. Melissa Hruska (19:51.74, 14th) and Chloe Cosgrove (19:54.17, 15th) also earned top-15 individual finishes for Mount Si. Lindsey Sydnor struggled a bit, finishing 36th (20:15.79), but at the end of the day, those individual struggles were outweighed by the tremendous success of the team in making history on a very rainy day in Issaquah.

The boys took fourth overall as a team, earning the last of four available bi-district spots to the state meet, and punching their first berth in a good 40 years or so as a team; our research of previous state meets shows Mount Si sent boys’ squads to state a couple of times back in the 1960’s and once in 1973, but nothing beyond that as far as we can tell.

Freshman Joe Waskom led the way for the Wildcats, clocking 16:34.63 to take seventh in the race; Mount Si scored 139 points and held off Skyline (143, 5th) for the fourth and final spot. Jackson Stokes (16:44.15, 16th) and William Betz (17:05.12, 23rd) also had strong runs for the Wildcats.

Meanwhile, Cedarcrest High School’s cross country squad had a huge day yesterday at the Northwest 2A District meet in Langley on Whidbey Island, as both the Red Wolve boys and girls punched tickets to state with excellent efforts, and together earned berths to the event for the first time since 2010.

CHS’ boys finished second overall in their meet, scoring 84 points, while the girls finished third with 75, one point becond second-place finisher Anacortes. Bellingham’s Sehome swept the district titles in both the boys’ and girls’ events.

The Red Wolve boys and girls each had four athletes earn top-20 individual finishes. The boys’ lead finisher was Ian Fay, who came across the line at South Whidbey High School in a time of 16:58.01, taking sixth overall. The other top-20’s on the Cedarcrest boys were Grant Van Valkenburg (17:14.15, 13th), Cameron Hammontree (17:23.07, 17th) and Ben Benson (17:23.32, 18th). The ladies were led by Alicia Krivanek, who took fifth, clocking 20:30.97, and Madi Shinn, who came across in sixth with a time of 20:37.77. Lily Krueger (21:08.04, 15th) and Kate Vergillo (21:19.81, 20th) also finished in the top 20 for the Red Wolves girls.

“We ran really, really well today,” wrote CHS coach Bruce McDowell to the SVSJ. “We were figuring that we would have a good day, but we certainly did that and then some.”

McDowell believes this accomplishment came as the result of a lot of hard work. “It certainly wasn’t easy today, but it was great to have both squads get to state with a bit more ease than we thought coming into the meet,” he wrote. “A month ago, things weren’t so great. We were sick. We had some bumps and bruises. We weren’t running well. But we are really clicking right now and that is great. The kids have committed a lot of time and effort to get to this point. We start our 11th week of official practice. That’s Monday through Saturday plus occasional Sunday runs on their own. And that’s only since official practices started. This all began with the start of their summer training in late June. That’s lot of days spent running. It is great that has paid off.”

The two schools will now get ready for the state meet, which is next weekend over in the Tri-Cities. The boys and girls’ 2A and 4A meets will be both run November 7 at the Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco.

College results
Lipscomb women win conference title; Valleyite earns top-10 finish: The Lipscomb University of Tennessee women’s team scored the win on Friday at the Atlantic Sun conference meet in Jacksonville, FL, and Fall City’s Sally Larson was very much a factor for the Bison. Larson finished ninth, clocking 17:48.72 on the 5K course at the University of North Florida, with the junior being one of nine Lipscomb runners to finish in the top 12, a dominating performance for sure from the Bison. Lipscomb won its fifth straight women’s conference crown and tied a conference record for best team score in the meet with 19. Larson, with her finish, earned a conference second-team postseason honor. The Bison will run in the regionals November 14 in Alabama.

Whitworth women win conference crown, with aid of Mount Si grad: The Whitworth University ladies’ cross country squad from Spokane took home the crown at yesterday’s Northwest Conference championships in Tacoma, and a Valleyite proved to be a key piece to that winning effort for the Pirates. Sophomore Bailey Scott, from North Bend and a 2014 Mount Si High School alumnus, clocked 23:40 to take 12th overall in the race, held on a 6k course at Pacific Lutheran University. She was one of eight Whitworth runners to finish in the top 20 overall. Scott’s performance earned her NWC second-team recognition. The Pirates now head to California for regionals November 14.

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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