After a slight delay (okay four days isn’t really a slight delay), the Cascade Conference Cross Country Championships took place at the Blue Heron Golf Course in Carnation.
We are thankful to the management at Blue Heron for allowing Cedarcrest to host the meet at their course. Considering the weather the past couple days, the course was in good running shape except for a couple different slick places.
Thankfully, the rain held off until the end of the awards portion. Thanks to all of the volunteers that helped put on the meet. Whether you were working the chute or pointing “Hey, go that way” or handed out ribbons during the awards ceremony or helped put the supplies back in the truck to transport back to CHS, we appreciate your help.
Makes Dean and my job easier when we have people helping with the workload. You will need to forgive me as I am going to go all nostalgic and give you some CXC history with the meet report.
The CXC girls were favored to win the team title and they did not disappoint.
Alicia Krivanek won the individual title becoming only the fourth CXC runner (Caitlin Ramirez, Cara Strodel and Logan Orndorf) to win the Cascade Conference individual title. The other three all won the title multiple times.
Obviously, Alicia will need to repeat next season. The girls showed their depth by putting eight girls in the top 14. Alicia (1st), Madi Shinn (2nd), Lily Krueger (5th) and Elsie Dombek (6th) were all named to the First Team All-Cascade Team. Kelly Hall (9th), Mary Cate Babcock (10th), Kate Vergillo (11th) and Megan Reid (14th) were all named to the Second Team All-Cascade Team.
As stated earlier, the girls squad won the team title which is the 9th straight year that they have won the Conference title. It shows great stability to accomplish this streak.
Silly Fact #1, by my quick 10 p.m. count, a total of 30 girls have been a part of the Varsity seven runners during this 9 year period.
Silly Fact # 2, Elsie (our only current frosh on varsity) was in 1st grade the first year that the CXC girls won the title.
The CXC boys had a bit of stiffer competition but were also favored to win the title. Six CXC boys placed in the top 14. Grant Van Valkenburg (3rd), Ian Fay (4th) and Ben Benson (5th) were named to the First Team All-Cascade Team.
Emmett Klaiber (10th), Chase Bolin (12th) and Daniel Murphy (14th) were named to the Second Team All-Cascade Team. The boys squad came away with the team title. That is the 2nd straight year for the boys and the 5th year in seven years. That is some good running.
It is always a good day when the top runners run well but we want all of our squad members to run well. Granted all XC courses are different, but all the runners want to run personal records (pr’s).
This was the last race for 18 boys and nine girls. Thirteen of the boys and five of the girls ran personal records for the 5K race distance. That is a good way to finish a season.
Picking the Athletes of the Meet is always a tough task. We always have more candidates than spots to fill. We could name everyone but that doesn’t seem very special.
Our Athletes of the Meet were Grant Van Valkenburg, Alex Perry, Alicia Krivanek, Elsie Dombek and Greta Klaiber. Congrats to them and the others for racing well.
Full meet results can be found at the following link. http://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/Results/Meet.aspx?Meet=118950#/394.
We had a short turnaround due to the meet postponement. The District Championship meet was last Saturday, the 29th at South Whidbey H.S.
The results will be published next week.