By Geno Ludwig/Staff Correspondent
The Northeast A League always leaves the best for last when it comes to cross-country. That is why the annual bi-district meet will be hosted by Chewelah at our local golf course. Runners from the NEA and the Caribou Trail League will run a 3.1-mile course through the fairways, with the fastest competitors advancing to the state meet in Pasco.
Chewelah has runners who could be among the league’s contingent to qualify for the state meet, and those runners will push to improve their current-best times to make the trip. Running on their home course could be the catalyst to give them the boost they need to shorten their times.
Grant Brookover enters this week’s last league meet with his team’s only time under 18 minutes. He has run a 17:55 this season, and he is ranked 26th among league runners. Last week in the league meet against Medical Lake and Freeman, Brookover ran an 18:23 on a rainy, windy, and soggy course. He finished sixth in the boys’ race.
Carl Oman also has a chance to make the cut, but he is going to have to run the race of his life to do so. His best time this year is 18:33, which places him 36th in the latest league standings. At Medical Lake last Wednesday he finished 10th with a time of 19:14.
Liandra Haden has the best chance to qualify for the Cougar girls. She has run the 5,000-meter course in 21:40, and is now ranked 21st among league runners.
Last week she ran a 22:09 at Medical Lake, finishing fifth in the girls’ race. Beatrice Ilari is 32nd on the league ladder with a season-best time of 22:58.
Her time at Medical Lake was 23:29 as she crossed the finish line in eighth place.
Like the boys, these two Chewelah girls will have to chop minutes off their time to qualify to run at Pasco.
The Cougar boys split their double-dual meet, defeating Freeman, but losing to Medical Lake. The girls lost to both teams.
This week, the Cougars ran their final league race of the season at the Antler Springs golf Course near Chattaroy.
This was a dual meet, hosted by Riverside. It was Chewelah’s final warm-up prior to the double-district meet here on October 27.