By Geno Ludwig/Staff Correspondent
Cross country runners from around the state finished up their season in Pasco last Saturday. Chewelah had one runner — Liandra Haden — in the running for the 1A state championships, while Springdale sent a bevy of runners in the boys race.
Haden PRs at state
Chewelah’s Liandra Haden finished 67th in the class-1A girls race with a time of 21:12. She PR-ed by nine seconds in the race.
“She had a fantastic race,” Chewelah coach Melissa Burkey said. “She has a lot of talent, she’s determined, and works really hard so I’m excited to see what we can do in her next three years of high school.”
Being only a freshman, experiencing the state championships in her first year of competition will be a springboard to future success through her next three seasons as a Cougar runner.
Also in the 1A state meet, the NEA League was well represented.
As a team, Deer Park won the team state championship in the boys race and took second in the girls team scores.
Medical Lake was second as a team, while Riverside was fourth and Lakeside fifth in the boys race. In the girls race, Riverside was third and Colville was sixth.
Three NEA League runners were in the top ten of the girls race and three were also in the top ten of the boys race.
Riverside’s Ben Shaw took second (15:50.30) in the boys race while Deer Park’s Libby Michael was second (18:30.80) in the girls race.
Winning the 1A boys race was Tibebu Proctor of Northwest with a time of 15:22. Winning the 1A girls race was Cascade’s Erin Mullins with a time of 18:05.80.
Springdale finishes sixth at state
The Springdale Chargers completed another successful cross-country season with a sixth place finish at the 1B/2B state championships last Saturday at Pasco.
Garret Willey crossed the finish line first for the Chargers, running the 3.1-mile course in 17 minutes, 24 seconds and placing 20th overall.
Tyler Turnbough finished second with a time of 17 minutes, 43 seconds. Third was Randy Dixon, timing 18 minutes, 11 seconds.
Clayton Sumbatoff was the fourth Charger to complete the course. His time was 19 minutes, 11 seconds.
Justice Churchill was the fifth Springdale runner to cross the finish line(19:16), followed by Wyatt Crockett (19:29) and Enoch Clemmer (19:33).
This season, the Charger boys were able to fill the voids left by two graduating seniors and draw in enough runners to fill scoring varsity and JV teams. At first, the team struggled to find its rhythm and style, but it finally came together with a fourth place finish at the Shadle Park Highlander Invitational.
The league season had Springdale fighting injuries and at war with perennial favorites like St. George, Northwest Christian, and Asotin, three of the top class-B programs in the state.
Every league meet was like running the state championships.
The Charger boys qualified for the state meet through regionals on October 28. Like at the district meet, they again finished fourth. Regionals consisted of districts 9 and 7, both combining to grab a handful of state entries, whereas it used to be that every team ran at regionals.
Springdale had two girl runners trying to advance to state this week, Emily Abrahamson and Tamieka Valentine. At the state meet, Valentine ran a 21:50, placing 29th overall.
The Chargers thank coaches Pam Willey, Jerry Greenman, and Shawn Crockett for caring so much for this team. They learned so much from coaches who have really succeeded at a big level.
In the 1B/2B boys race, Luke Schilter of NW Christian (Lacey) was the state champion with a time of 15:56.40. Liberty Bell’s Novie McCade was a state champion (18:51.80) in the girls race.