|Cedarcrest cross country state results|
|Written by coach Bruce McDowell|
|Tuesday, 13 November 2012 14:43|
ShareOn Saturday, Nov. 3rd, the CXC girls squad and Logan Orndorf competed at the state championships held at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco.
The course has a little bit of everything. Ups and downs. Long straightaways and corners. It can be a fast course but it also has its challenges.
The girls finished 6th in the team race. It makes the fourth time out of the six years of this girls’ state streak where the girls squad has finished 6th or higher.
The squad was led again up front by Olivia Waterman. Olivia finished 18th, just two places off of making the podium. Her time of 19:46 will put her 6th on our State course top 10 list as well as make her the 7th CXC girl to break 20 mins on the state course.
Diana Carr (40th) and Amelia Anderson (41st) came in together as our #2 and #3. Megan Brimley (66th) and Molly Hammontree (98th) finished up our top 5. Madison Smith (110th) and Cassidy Krawiec (117th) were our other two runners. Alternates Kayla Nelson and Noelle Viger were quite happy with having the experience of being at the state meet and just as happy that they didn’t have to run.
Logan was our lone boy competitor and finished 10th overall with a time of 15:53. That makes the second year that he makes a podium appearance. Not that it is proper to compare times from different cross country courses because they are all so different, but that is the fastest time by any CXC boy on any 5K course. James Conrick ran 15:55 at the Bellevue Invite in 2000. Mitchell Montgomery ran 15:56 at Carnation G.C. in 2011. And Logan ran faster than both of those times on a course that is most certainly more challenging than those two courses.
It is certainly hard to complain about a sixth place team and tenth place individual. I know that each of the runners felt that they could have placed five, ten, fifteen spots higher depending upon the runner. But at the end of it all, we had ourselves a pretty good day.
For the past couple years, we talk a lot about the strength of our district at the 2A state level. This year was no different. There are 16 teams competing with four girls squads and three boys squads from our bi-district setup. So just going by percentages, our district 1/4 or less of the competition.
Our girls finished 6th overall and were the 4th squad out of our district (1st, 2nd, 5th and 6th). Olivia was 18th overall and the 8th girl from our district. Diana was 40th overall and 17th from our district. Amelia was 41st overall and 18th from our district. We were unable to qualify a boys team to state this year. Well, the three boys teams from our district that qualified for state simply went 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Logan was 10th overall and 5th from our district. Our district is tough. Qualifying for state from our district is tough.
For those of you who are running veterans, this won’t be much of a surprise. For the 16 2A girls that made the podium, there were 3 seniors, 5 juniors, 5 sophs and 3 freshmen. For the 16 2A boys that made the podium, there were 10 seniors, 4 juniors and 2 sophs. Age matters for both genders, just in opposite directions.
Full results are at the following link: http://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/Results/Meet.aspx?Meet=57028#394
Thanks to all of the CXCers. Hard to have a team if there are not runners. Thanks also to Dean Vergillo, assistant/associate head coach. Dean has been with the program for six years. The girls team has been to state for each of the six years. Coincidence? Perhaps not.