By Geno Ludwig/Staff Correspondent
A scenic race along the banks of the Columbia River proved to be a record-setting experience for several Chewelah runners at last Saturday’s Can-Am Invitational cross-country competition.
“It is one of our favorite invitationals to go to because the course is a lot of fun,” Chewelah coach Melissa Burkey said. “You get to run on trail, grass and even sand.”
Cougar senior Grant Brookover ran the first sub-18-minute time of his high school career, traversing the 5,000-meter course in 17 minutes, 55 seconds.
He was the first Chewelah runner to finish the varsity boys’ race, placing seventh among the 70 on the trail and leading his teammates to sixth place in the team totals.
Likewise, Cougar freshman Liandra Haden set a personal record on the Old Kettle Falls course, crossing the finish line with a time of 21 minutes, 40 seconds. She was the seventh runner to complete the varsity girls’ race, leading Chewelah to a fourth place finish in the team standings.
Carl Oman also ran his fastest race on a 5,000-meter course, running the 3.1 miles in 18 minutes, 36 seconds. It was the first time Oman had run that distance in less than 19 minutes. He finished 15th overall.
Sylus Snelling also earned a ribbon, placing tenth in the JV boys race, setting a new PR.
Beatrice Ilari finished 19th for the Cougar girls, running her best-ever time of 22 minutes, 58 seconds. It was her first time under the 23-minute mark. Ethan Rowe was Chewelah’s third male runner to complete the course, finishing 26th with a time of 19 minutes, 21 seconds. It was his best time of year. Reimes Schatz finished fourth for the Cougar boys, placing 32nd and being timed at 19 minutes, 37 seconds. Isaac Cochran was 41st overall, setting a personal record with a time of 20 minutes, 17 seconds.
Lynn Dubs was the third Cougar girl to complete the course. Her personal record time was 24 minutes, 42 seconds.
She finished 32nd overall.
Also running the course for Chewelah were freshmen Judah Katona (21:01), Wyatt Collins (23:42), Jayci Earl (25:36), and Charlotte Falstad (26:55).
Ten out of 15 runners for Chewelah set new personal records. Zakary Kubik, Jayci Earl and Lynn Dubs set their PRs by over two minutes.
“It is really rewarding to see their hard work paying off,” Burkey said. “We have more work to do before districts but dedication and perseverance always pay off, and I’m excited to see what the rest of the season will hold for our team.”
Springdale had three boys finish among the top ten runners to place a surprising second in the team competition.
Garret Willey was fifth overall with a time of 17:52. Tyler Turnbough was sixth at 17:55, and Randy Dixon was eighth at 18:00. All three are juniors.
Earlier in the week the Cougar cross-country teams notched their first league win of the season with a pair of wins over Newport. The boys defeated the Grizzlies by a 20-37 score. Chewelah’s girls won 15-50.
The Cougars have three more league meets on their schedule, one at Colville, one at Medical Lake, and one at Riverside.