By Geno Ludwig/The Independent Staff
The first annual Forty-Nine Degrees North Invitational cross-country extravaganza was a sunny success with 12 teams competing and runners traversing verdant highland trails above the fog in the valley. Because of the higher elevation and the steeper inclines, few personal records were set, but everyone enjoyed alpine atmosphere of the event.
Grant Brookover paced the Chewelah boys’ team to a fifth place finish, traversing the 3.1-mile course in 19 minutes, 45 seconds. He was the fifth runner to cross the finish line out of the 54 entered in the race. Carl Oman was the second Cougar boy to finish, placing 12th with a time of 20 minutes, 26 seconds.
Oman was followed by Reimes Schatz (21:45), Ethan Rowe (22:05), Judah Katona (22:21), Isaac Cochran (23:19), and Sylus Snelling (23:19). The Cougar boys placed fifth in the team competition. Colville had the winning team, with Lakeside, St, George’s, and Springdale taking the next three places.
Cougar freshman Liandra Haden finished first for the Chewelah girls, placing 13th with a time of 25 minutes, 29 seconds. Right at her heels was Beatrice Ilari, who ran the course in 25 minutes, 36 seconds to place 14th.
Chewelah was unable to compete as a team in the girls’ race because the Cougars had only four runners. Jayci Earl and Charlotte Falstad, both freshman, finished 19th and 22nd, respectively. Earl’s time was 28:12. Falstad finished in 29:23. Colville won the girls’ competition, followed by Lakeside and Freeman.
Springdale’s Tamieka Valentine placed seventh in the girls varsity race (24:09), while on the boys side, Randy Dixon placed ninth (20:04) and Garret Willey was 10th (20:08) for the Chargers.
Springdale placed fourth in the team standings for the boys.
Wellpinit’s Kyle Abrahamson finished 22nd (21:23) in the boys varsity race.