On September 9, the Cross-Country (CXC) squad competed at the Tahoma Relays held at Lake Wilderness Park in Maple Valley. There were 40 schools in attendance of all classification sizes and the schools arrange their athletes into five runners per relay team. Each runner runs 3000m and includes about a half mile of narrow single track trail as well as about 70m of running through knee to mid thigh high portion of the lake. Because of both these circumstances, it is difficult to compare this 3000m course with other 3000m courses.
The CXC athletes are split into relay teams based upon running ability, grade level and “McDowell logic.” Every year, we run “The A-Team” which is our best three boys and best two girls. Every year, medals are given out for the top 10 squads (out of over 200 squads). Our previous highest finisher was by the 2013 version of the “The A-Team” of Logan Orndorf, Colton Green, Quinn Radbourne, Olivia Waterman and Diana Carr finishing fourth. The 2017 version of Grant Van Valkenburg, Ben Benson, Emmett Klaiber, Elsie Dombek and Kelly Hall ran five outstanding legs to finish in 2nd place. It was a superb effort by the five of them.
We also ran eight other squads with names like the “Killer B’s”, “Senior Power” and “Super Sophs.”