Brookover, Haden top finishers for Chewelah
By Geno Ludwig/Staff Correspondent
Finishing eighth in just over 18 minutes on a 3.1-mile course is an acceptable individual performance.
However, if you are a team’s front runner in league double-dual competition, allowing seven opposing runners to cross the finish line ahead of you does not set the pace for a convincing team score.
Chewelah’s Grant Brookover ran his second-best time of the season at Colville last week, running the course in 18 minutes, three seconds. He was the first Cougar to finish the boys’ race.
Five Lakeside runners and two Colville runners finished in front of Brookover. Two more Colville runners followed him across the finish line before his first teammate completed the race.
Brookover being the lone Cougar runner among the top ten finishers left the Chewelah boys in double jeopardy.
They were beaten by host Colville 19-38. They lost to Lakeside by a 15-47 score. The two losses dropped the Cougars to a 1-3 league record. Carl Oman was the second Chewelah runner to finish, placing 12th with a time of 18 minutes, 42 seconds. Third was Ethan Rowe, placing 15th with a season-best 19:17. Fourth was Reimes Schatz, finishing 16th at 19:54. Fifth was Judah Katona at 20:56.
The winning time for the boys was 17:06.
The Chewelah girls had two finishers among the top ten runners to cross the finish line in their race. Liandra Haden placed ninth with a time of 23 minutes, 10 seconds, and Beatrice Ilari was 10th at 23 minutes, 10 seconds.
Still, the Cougar girls were defeated by both Colville and Lakeside. They lost to the Indians, 18-40, and to the Eagles, 17-42.
Lynn Dubs was the third Chewelah girl to cross the finish line, being timed at 25:25. Jayci Earl was fourth with a personal record time of 25:28. Charlotte Falstad ram a 27:46.
Three of the Chewelah girls are first year freshmen. Likewise, so is one of the Cougar boys.
This week, the Cougar runners travel to Medical Lake for another league double-dual event. Freeman will be the third team on the course. They will have one more league encounter at Riverside before they host the regional meet at the local golf course on Oct. 27.