Midweek odds and ends

Good Wednesday morning. Odds and ends this morning:

Softball: Mount Si player’s bat gets hot at right time for select team
We neglected to mention this on Monday, but the Kenmore-based KB Fastpitch 16U select softball team wrapped up their local mini-tournament on Sunday with a pair of games against south King County-based teams. And their Valley rep, Mount Si High School’s Vera Harrison, delivered with the bat to help her team to a pair of wins. More now, courtesy of Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

KB Fastpitch 11, Washington Synergy Gomez 0: Harrison had a hit for KB as they rolled to the shutout. Pitcher Eden Molay, from Bothell, fired a two-hitter and struck out three.

KB Fastpitch 15, Washington Freedom Gomez 2: The Wildcat saved the best for last, homering as part of a 2-2 effort, scoring two runs and driving in four more, and that anchored a no-hitter from North Creek’s Carli Zanassi as KB rolled. Zanassi, the KB hurler, walked two, struck out one and allowed two unearned runs, but needed just 52 pitches to take care of business.

Volleyball: Mount Si splits Saturday opener at Wes-King district tourney
Mount Si High School’s volleyball ladies moved into last night’s playoff game – more on that later – after splitting their two games this past Saturday to open the Wes-King bi-district tournament.

The Wildcats in the opener with Jackson at Issaquah High School rallied from a two sets-to-none hole and stunned the Timberwolves, from the 4A Wesco Conference, in five, 20-25, 21-25, 25-22, 25-18, 15-13. Bailey Showalter led the way for Mount Si with 11 kills and 19 digs, and was helped by Bellah Gogan’s 15 kills and seven digs. Kami Smith paced the Wildcats with 13 digs while Breana Fitzgerald added 13 digs and nine kills to the efforts for Mount Si.

This put them into a matchup with Issaquah, and this proved to be a much different result. The Eagles rolled to a 25-7, 26-24, 25-15 sweep, perhaps taking advantage of their fresher legs in this one compared to Mount Si’s after their hard-fought five-set win over Jackson. Fitzgerald had 11 digs while Dana Dolan, off 34 assists in the win over the Timberwolves, added 18 more of those in this one for the Wildcats.

From last night on the college front, though:

Northwest U. season ends in playoff loss: The Eagles fell in the Cascade Collegiate Conference playoffs last night to Corban down in Salem, OR. Corban swept Northwest in three, 25-21, 25-17, 25-16, and the Eagles finish the season with a solid 16-14 record. Sophomore Courteney Carr had 17 assists and a dig for Northwest; she is from Snoqualmie and a 2017 MSHS grad. Carr finished sixth this season in the league in assists, averaging almost 30 a match for the Eagles.

Soccer
Lower Valley player earns conference recognition: Seattle Pacific University freshman Alden Massey, from Duvall and one of three lower Valley players this fall with the Falcons, was named yesterday to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference’s men’s soccer all-conference team. Massey received a second-team designation after finishing tied for ninth in the NCAA Division II league in goals with six on the season. SPU finished 4-8-0 in league, 8-11-0 on the season. Massey, a June graduate of Cedarcrest HS, joined fellow Duvallites – and CHS grads – Nik Reierson and Chris Cole on the SPU squad this fall. Reierson is a sophomore and Cole is a senior.

Hurley to rep Valley in NCAA national soccer playoffs: The Concordia University (Portland) women’s soccer team earned a berth in the NCAA Division II national tournament, and that means their senior, Karlie Hurley, from North Bend, will be representing the Valley in this tournament. She will be the lone local player competing for a national college soccer championship following the selection announcements for both the D-II and Division III national tournaments by the NCAA on Monday.

The Cavs received a second seed in their sub-bracket in the tournament, and will be hosting first-and-second round games at their home field down in Portland.

The opening round game for Concordia is tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 against Great Northwest Athletic Conference rival Seattle Pacific, seeded seventh. If they win, they will likely face Western Washington on Saturday. Western, for its part, plays Sonoma State in their Thursday opener, also down in Portland. The Vikings are seeded sixth, and also have a local rep, senior Karli White, also from North Bend, but she has been out all season with an ankle injury and is likely redshirting at this point due to that injury.

As for the Division III tournament, a pair of North Bend athletes and their teams were hoping for at-large berths into the men’s and women’s playoffs respectively, but neither the Whitman College men (Jimmy Jacobson, junior) or Pacific Lutheran women (Calie Rose, freshman) earned a chance to compete. All of the local athletes mentioned in this brief are Mount Si High School grads.

The games at Concordia by the way should be available on GNAC.tv this weekend. Should the Cavs make it out of this weekend, they’re probably going to head down to San Diego to meet UC San Diego or another California team in the quarterfinals.

We wish Hurley and her teammates luck this weekend. Go Cavs!!

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It’s all on the line for the Wildcat volleyball ladies. ‘Cats. Falcons. Winner moves on, loser goes home. A preview, our thoughts and pick…….

Good Tuesday morning. Mount Si’s volleyball program competes tonight to keep their postseason hopes alive.

KINGCO 4A VOLLEYBALL
WES-KING BI-DISTRICT TOURNAMENT (LOSER OUT)
MOUNT SI WILDCATS (KINGCO #6) VS. WOODINVILLE FALCONS (KINGCO #7)
BOTHELL HIGH SCHOOL, FIRST SERVE 5:00 P.M.

Everything is on the line tonight for both of these teams in this loser-out game at the Wes-King district tournament. These two teams last met October 10, when Woodinville beat Mount Si in five, 22-25, 25-19, 25-20, 16-25, 18-16, at MSHS.

Mount Si comes in off a fairly successful opening day last Saturday, surprising Jackson in five before being swept by Issaquah. We’ll have more on this later in our wrapup of those two matches, but suffice it to say the people that needed to step up did just that. Setter Dana Dolan had another strong performance coming off her 44-assist display in the Kingco fifth-place match against Bothell. The junior had 34 in the win over Jackson on top of six digs, so she is contributing where she is able and doing a solid job of it. Add in that she also had 35 assists in the match against the Falcons at home last month and you can see that she is capable of making an impact.

This program over its history with coach Bonnie Foote has developed strong setters that went on to have success at the college level (think Catie Fry and Maggie Olson both at Central Washington and now Courteney Carr at Northwest University) so our advice to Dolan is simple: Find a club program in the spring that can use you exclusively in this role then really work on that aspect of your game. Because if tradition holds and you have great success in this as a senior, you’re going to find a college home and have tremendous success.

Also, freshman Bailey Showalter had 11 kills and 19 digs in that win over the T-Wolves, so she again will be a factor. Also watch senior Hayley West. As you saw this past weekend, we offered some thoughts about her overall numbers not being up to par with what we would have expected out of a player with her solid club resume. Well, that earned us the ire of her mom, and she let us know that, noting to us that West has not been playing her normal position this fall with the Wildcats, so that is a mitigating factor there to be sure. She had seven kills, two blocks and three digs in the win over Jackson, doing what she can do to help the team as well. West is a solid player, and we look for her to hopefully have a strong game tonight.

Woodinville is 6-10 on the season and earned the seventh seed out of the Kingco Tournament. As noted, hey beat the Wildcats in their regular season matchup October 10 at Mount Si High School in five games. Senior Emma Daoud-Hebert leads the Falcons. She had 14 kills in that contest and appears to be averaging around 8-10 a match so she’ll be a player Mount Si’s defense needs to keep an eye on. Junior Zoe Friedman is the Woodinville setter, and she had 30 assists in this contest. She’s been solid this season, averaging it appears around 25-30 a night so once again, Dolan’s in another must-watch matchup to see how she fares in that department as well, and which setter can provide more impact for their offense.

The match against Woodinville for Mount Si was one of those matches, and they’ve had a few of those this fall, where they had a chance to close the deal but could not. They opened strong in that match before Woodinville took control, only to see the Wildcats rally to force a fifth set, which they fell in 18-16. So the challenge for Mount Si will be to come out and take care of business quickly. They need the people that stepped up for them this past Saturday against Jackson to do the same tonight. If they don’t, the season will be over and they’ll have to cancel their hotel reservations over in Yakima. We think, though, that Mount Si, for all the ups-and-downs they’ve had this year, knows that it can compete at this level – they’ve done it at least three times already this postseason, with two of those games being wins – so as long as the people step up that need to do so, this should be a much different result than the one on October 10.

MOUNT SI IN FOUR

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Weekend wrap

Good Monday morning. Athletes of the Week on deck, but first this morning’s news.

Mount Si High School’s football team will be hosting for perhaps the first two rounds of the state 4A football playoffs. This is after the Wildcats received a top-four seed into the round of 16 yesterday.

The seeding committee appointed by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association to formulate the playoffs gave Mount Si the fourth seed. They will play as the home team in round one, against 13th seed Mount Vernon. Date, site and time have not been announced. Considering that the Wildcats are fourth seed, they should be able to have the game here at Mount Si High School, and while that is expected, we were sent the WIAA playoff site regulations last night by Mount Si team photographer Curt Carlson which suggests that there is a possibility the school may have to play the games at a neutral site. This will all be ironed out today, as will the date and time of the contest. Note that on Saturday, there is a school event scheduled again, just like there was this past Saturday for the playoff game with Rogers. This scheduling could impact the school’s ability to play the game here at MSHS that day.

All playoff games are loser out meaning the season will end with another loss for the Wildcats, while a win would send them into the second round, again as the host team, either against fifth-seed Puyallup or 12th-seed Eastmont from East Wenatchee.

The other Kingco 4A teams in the state field also found out their playoff fates yesterday.

-Woodinville received the second seed and hosts 15th-seed Skyview, who Mount Si beat handily in September down in Clark County. Date and time have not been announced, but that game will be at Pop Keeney Stadium in Bothell.

-Bothell received the ninth seed and heads over the Cascades to the Tri-Cities to meet Chiawana, from Pasco and the eighth seed. Date and time have not been announced, but expect the game to be on Saturday and it will be at Edgar Brown Stadium in Pasco.

-Eastlake took the 10th seed and will travel to Spokane to meet seventh-seed Gonzaga Prep. Date and time have not been announced yet, but also expect this game to be on Saturday and either at Gonzaga Prep’s campus or at Joe Albi Stadium.

-Skyline took the 16th seed and will head south to meet Union, from Vancouver. This will be a Friday night game, at 7:00, down at McKenzie Stadium in Vancouver.

We’ll keep you posted on information on all the games this weekend. Also note that Mount Vernon has had radio coverage of their games this season so look for the Wildcats’ game with the boys from the Skagit Valley to be on radio this weekend.

College soccer note:

Puget Sound stuns Linfield women to take NWC crown, automatic NCAA berth: Down 2-0 yesterday at Linfield College’s pitch in McMinnville, OR, the University of Puget Sound women’s soccer team rallied for three goals in the final 15 minutes of play to stun the Wildcats 3-2 and in the process finish in a first-place tie in the Northwest Conference (NCAA Division III) with Tacoma rival Pacific Lutheran. By virtue of tiebreaker rules, the Loggers clinched the conference’s automatic bid into the national NCAA Division III women’s tournament, while the Lutes and their Valley rep, freshman Calie Rose, a Mount Si HS grad from Snoqualmie, will await the selection announcement today. Linfield finishes the season 10-5-5, 7-4-5 in league play and junior Sydney Kuehn, from Duvall and a 2016 Cedarcrest HS grad, played the full 90 for the Wildcats, recording a shot, not on goal, with no goals scored. Kuehn finishes the season second in goals in the conference with eight and also finished in the top 10 in both total points (16) and total shots (46).

To the athletes of the week. This is it for the fall by the way with Cedarcrest having wrapped up its fall sports season. We’ll be back with the winter athletes of the week selections sometime probably in early December.

MOUNT SI – Our final boys’ selection of the fall comes from football. We had plenty of choices this week out of their game this past Saturday, but we’re going to go off the board a bit and recognize a sophomore who made an impactful play that helped maintain momentum for Mount Si in their 42-0 playoff victory over Rogers.

While the offense was on all cylinders of course – QB Cale Millen connected with receiver Jonny Barrett four times for touchdowns in the game – Mount Si’s special teams stepped up, too. Stuart DeMerit was in the right place at the right time in the second quarter after Rogers punter Riley Skladany had trouble with a punt attempt in their own end zone. The Ram junior fumbled the snap and right there to bring it home was DeMerit, who fell on the ground, covered the ball and ended up with a touchdown out of it and our recognition in this segment.

As he told us on Saturday following the game, there’s a number of sophomores ready and able to step up and aid the efforts if called on, and as you well know this year, sophomores have done that in the case of Cole Norah on offense and Daniel Harrison on defense. Add DeMerit on special teams and you have three guys from this class of 2021 fans can count on to deliver in key situations as this playoff run continues. Mount Si is set to host Mount Vernon as we noted above this weekend in the first round of the 4A state high school football playoffs.

CEDARCREST – Our final girls’ selection comes from cross country. Elsie Dombek had a stellar run this past weekend at the state 2A girls’ cross country meet, finishing 31st and helping the Red Wolve ladies take home fourth place as a team in the race, over in Pasco. Dombek, a junior, will be the top returner for a CHS team next season that is only losing two runners from the squad in seniors Cecilia Kiesow and Lauren Krause.

A congrats from the SVSJ on the team’s success, and we wish Dombek and her teammates all the best. Offseason now awaits, but you can expect these girls to be back at work soon getting ready for next season.

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Mount Si football to compete for state 4A title after win yesterday, plus college gridiron action….

Mount Si High School’s football program is waiting with baited breath right now as it awaits its WIAA 4A high school state playoff first round opponent, after securing a trip into the round of 16 with a true team win yesterday afternoon in their opening round playoff game over Rogers.

The Wildcats responded well coming out of their Kingco 4A title game loss to Woodinville October 25 and engineered a dominating performance on both sides of the ball, taking care of the Rams, from Puyallup and the South Puget Sound League’s fourth seed, 42-0 in the rain at Mount Si High School. Cale Millen connected for five touchdowns with Wildcat receivers, four of those with fellow senior Jonny Barrett, and the defense and special teams also contributed handily to the victory, which had the feel of old time Wildcat football.

“Our defense continues to rise and get better and that was an offense that scored 56 points just last Tuesday night,” said Mount Si coach Charlie Kinnune, referring to Rogers posting that many in their mini-game win over Sumner which clinched their berth into this game yesterday. “We knew that we needed to get physical with their skill kids and we felt like that if we could get physical with their skill kids they wouldn’t be really effective into the second half and so that’s exactly what happened. (Rogers QB Makaio Gillespie) couldn’t answer the bell.”

Kinnune continued, “With that, we ran the ball when we needed to, we broke out the short passes; when they started to crowd, we were able to hit the deep stuff, so that was really nice.”

Things started out well enough for Mount Si. A big pass completion from Millen to Colby Botten set up Millen-Jonny Barrett volume one, a five-yard hookup that opened the scoring midway through the first and was the first hookup between those two for six since the 42-7 Wildcat win over Skyline October 12. The end of the opening quarter saw the senior duo connect again, this from 19 yards out. Then, early in the second frame after the Wildcat defense pinned the Rams offense deep in their own end zone, the resulting fourth-down punt was fumbled in the end zone by Rogers punter Riley Skladany, and Mount Si sophomore Stuart DeMerit landed on the ball for another TD. “One of our teammates got in there real quick and then I was lucky enough to land on the ball in the end zone,” he said.

The sophomore class has been making noise this season, what with running back Cole Norah’s success offensively and that defensively of Daniel Harrison. DeMerit believes that the Class of 2021 can help provide a big lift for this team as it moves forward in the playoffs. “There’s a bunch of us who are capable of playing and getting in when someone’s injured,” he said.

The game went to halftime with Mount Si up 21-0, then Millen and Barrett hooked up twice more in the third. First it was from 10 yards out, then it was from 23 yards out, and with three minutes left in the third, it was 35-0. The scoring closed – and the game went into continuous clock mode afterward – with a two-yard chip from Millen to Botten for another TD with 8:07 left in regulation. Botten overall had a solid game, and was very happy with the team’s performance. “This is a huge win for us. We’ve been working hard. We had our best week of practice this week, all the coaches have been saying it,” the junior receiver said. “This is just more motivation to go on further in the round.”

Botten added, “Our coaches say that no one wants to play Mount Si after a loss cause it’s just more motivation for us. We put in more hard work we believe than any other team out here and we think that even on a rainy night like this, we’re a mainly passing team, we can just come out and we can show up and put points on the board.”

But the win did not come without a huge cost – on the play prior to Millen’s TD hookup with Botten, fellow receiver Brayden Holt was injured, and it appeared to us to be a knee injury. He could not put any weight on his right leg and had to be helped off by trainers with his status for next week’s game not known.

“It’s that time of year,” Kinnune said. “We’re hoping that we’ll be able to get Brayden back.”

The overall performance of both Botten and Norah, who had we think his best rushing effort of the season in yesterday’s game – we’ll see some stats and let you know later – was especially pleasing to Kinnune. “Those are underclassmen that are just getting better with every game and they’ve both had to fight through nicks and nagging injuries and sickness and Cole has just shown incredible toughness and Colby’s been sharp from day one,” he said.

Mount Si’s strong defensive performance had many anchors to it in yesterday’s game, among them being senior R.J. Bell. This past week, as we noted in our preview yesterday, much was made about Bell’s ties to the Colville Indian tribe over in northeast Washington. Bell realizes he’s playing for more than just himself or his team or friends here at Mount Si. He’s carrying the torch for an entire tribe of native Americans. “It’s very cool,” he said. “I’m just playing for them and my tribe is really something special, and I’d like to show them that hey, we’re always working everyday and we’re always out here just striving for greatness.”

Mount Si will find out its playoff assignment this afternoon. A seeding committee is meeting as of this writing at the WIAA’s offices in Renton and will announce the playoff pairings at noon. It is expected the Wildcats will seed in the top eight and be home next week. The Kingco 4A went 5-0 in these week 10 playoff games this weekend with Skyline, Bothell, Eastlake and Woodinville also all winning their games. Look for the committee to likely seed this in such a way as to keep the Kingco teams from playing one another in the round of 16 with the Wildcats and Falcons being at home, possibly along with the Cougars, and for the Spartans and Wolves to be traveling this next week.

Whenever or wherever this team plays, Kinnune has a challenge for Mount Si fans. “I expect more fans. I challenge our fans right now to turn out,” he said. “We have to play on Saturdays, we have to play on Thursdays. Our fans need to come and support us.”

College scores
Central Washington 74, Southwest Baptist 28: Central made the long trek to Bolivar, MO, and it was well worth it, as they ran roughshod on the winless SBU team. Freshman Jack Weidenbach, from North Bend and a 2017 MSHS’er, had one assisted tackle for Central in the contest.

Eastern Washington 48, Northern Colorado 13: The Eagles rolled over the Bears on the road in Greeley, CO. Junior Chris Schlicting, he of North Bend and a 2015 MSHS’er, worked his normal position at right tackle for Eastern in the contest.

Montana State 49, Cal Poly 42: The Bobcats held off a late rally from the visiting California team to secure the home Big Sky (NCAA Division I) win in Bozeman, MT. Senior Alex Neale manned his usual center position for MSU; he is from Duvall.

George Fox 35, Pacific Lutheran 7: The Bruins handed the Lutes a loss in their home finale down at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup. Sophomore Alex Rendon, from Snoqualmie and a 2017 MSHS’er, caught two passes for 14 yards for PLU in the game.

Concordia-MN 21, St. Olaf 10: The Cobbers handled the Oles in the Twin Cities. Leading the defense was senior Andrew Thompson. The North Bender, a 2015 MSHS’er, had nine tackles – including one for loss – for Concordia in the contest.

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Valley high schools both take home a little hardware at state cross country meet

It was a successful day on the cross country course yesterday for Valley high school runners, as both Mount Si and Cedarcrest came away with some hardware at the WIAA state high school cross country meet.

First, to the girls. Cedarcrest’s ladies came ready to race, and came away with the fourth place trophy. The Red Wolves scored 138 points, finishing just 20 points behind co-state champs West Valley (Spokane) and Bellingham. CHS was led by their one-two combo of Sonja Blycker and Elsie Dombek. Blycker took 30th clocking 20 minutes, 27.50 seconds on the 5k course at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco, and was followed right behind by Dombek, in 31st with a time of 20:29.20. A little further back, in 44th, saw Hannah Brabec come across with a time of 21:01.20.

After Brabec, Ceclia Kiesow (49th, 21:08.50), Lauren Krause (59th, 21:17.70), Aryia Farnworth (63rd, 21:21.60) and Katelyn Wells (68th, 21:27.30) rounded it out for the Red Wolves. “So we started the season not sure if we were going to even qualify for state as we graduated four of our top five girls last year. And then we finished 4th in the state. That’s a great season by the girls,” said a pleased coach Bruce McDowell by email to the SVAJ. He further noted that with only Kiesow and Krause being lost to graduation next spring, they may aim to do this again next year. According to the longtime CHS head man, this was the third state trophy won by the girls in school history (and first since 2009), besting CHS’ boys’ two state trophies.

Meanwhile, Mount Si’s lone girls’ rep, senior Addie Kaess, had a solid run, finishing 119th in the 4A meet with a time of 20:42.70.

But Kaess and the rest of the Wildcat delegation got to see something special from a boys’ runner who frankly will graduate now as the most decorated boys’ runner in program history. Joe Waskom added one more accomplishment to that resume yesterday – that of winning the 4A boys’ state championship.

The Mount Si senior took the title in hard-fought fashion, beating runner-up Jonas Price from Eisenhower in Yakima by almost a second. Waskom came across the finish line clocking 15:16.20 to Price’s 15:17.10. As for the remaining Wildcat runners, Paul Talens took 54th, clocking 16:28.20, then Jack Thorne came across in 91st with a time of 16:45.50. Rounding it out, Spencer Sprague (110th, 16:54.80), Luke Harper (114th, 16:56 flat), Austin Gappa (116th, 16:59.50) and Tychon Preston (139th, 17:26.20) also represented the Wildcats in the race.

Meanwhile, in the 2A race, Cedarcrest’s Brennan LeBlanc took 22nd, clocking 16:43.10, followed by teammate Ryan LaTurner, who came across in 17:38.90 and finished 89th. “It wasn’t the best day for the boys but it shouldn’t diminish from the season that both of them had,” McDowell said. “In a year, Brennan has dropped his 5K p.r. (personal record) by 1:43 and improved his state meet place by a mere 122 places. Meanwhile, Ryan ran 0:36 faster this year than last year and improved his state meet place by 43 places.”

So the season has now wrapped up and while there will be changes in store next season for both teams, McDowell indicated that at least for his program, they’ll get right back to work. “Another successful season. Success does breed success,” he said. “We graduate runners and new runners replace them. Within the (CHS) team, we have built ourselves a good running culture. The kids want to run. For some, they have been training since June. Five months of running 5-6 days a week all for no more than 10 racing opportunities. That isn’t the simplest of trades. I appreciate all the offerings of “Congratulations” and “Good jobs” for the runners. They deserve it.”

The same likely will be said for Mount Si’s program under their new head coach Sean Sundwall, who now has completed his first season at the helm and has a huge void to fill on the boys’ side next fall with the loss of Waskom. The girls’ program suffered a similar huge void when Joe’s older sister Hannah graduated two years ago and that program is still working back to form following that. But under Sundwall’s leadership, the Wildcat program is expected to continue to grow and the opportunities such as they were this fall hosting meets at Mount Si Golf Course in Snoqualmie and having the Snoqualmie Valley School District’s middle school cross country programs at Twin Falls and Chief Kanim Middle Schools as part of one of those events should only help spur on additional growth for a program that benefits from having a lot of available locations in the community for athletes to go practice and improve their skills.

College news:

GNAC Championships, Monmouth, OR: Northwest Nazarene junior Ryan Abdalla represented the Valley in yesterday’s GNAC (NCAA Division II) conference meet hosted by Western Oregon University. Abdalla, from Duvall and who went to Cedar Park Christian School in Bothell, finished neat the back of the field, clocking 28:41.4 and taking 84th out of 95 runners in the meet. Fellow Duvall athlete Ian Fay, a sophomore at Western Washington, did not compete in the race.

Northern Sun Championships, Aberdeen, SD: UMary (North Dakota) freshman Ben Benson, from Duvall and who graduated from Cedarcrest back in June, repped the Valley at this meet in the upper Midwest yesterday and took 64th overall clocking 26:29.50. UMary placed sixth overall and that should seed them advance to regionals on November 17.

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