CROSS COUNTRY: Foster, Crockett and Johnson lead Cougars at league meet while Kettle Falls dominates
(GENO LUDWIG/Chewelah Independent)
POSTSEASON RUNNING: District 7 1B/2B Regionals will be this Saturday at Chewelah Golf and Country Club…
Cole Foster, Zeke Crockett and Kiana Johnson had their best performances of the season at last Saturday’s District 7 Cross-Country Championships at Harrington. Both Chewelah runners finished among the first 20 to cross the finish line. Foster nearly broke the 18-minute mark with a time of 18 minutes, 02 seconds as the Cougar freshman placed 12th among the 108 competitors who ran the 5000-meter trek on the Harrington Golf Course. Crockett ran the course in 18 minutes, 20 seconds, placing 19th as a sophomore. Johnson was the first Cougar girl to finish the 3.1-mile race, being timed at 23 minutes, 31 seconds and placing 19th.
“We ran very well this weekend,” said Coach Ed Anegon. “Between both the girls and boys teams, we had five career personal records and two season PRs. And looking at each runner’s individual race, they each ran a race that they needed to going into this weekend and learned something that will help them moving forward to regionals up at our golf course.”
Foster chopped 23 seconds off his previous career best time, while Crockett cut 25 seconds off his former top time. Also running personal record times for the Cougar boys were Wyatt Smith (19:40), Josh Grooms (20:05) and Ben Frizzell (21:31). Chewelah placed eighth among the 17 teams competing in the boys’ competition. James Macrae, Levi Miller and Kade Frizzell rounded out the Cougar team.
“We had a huge effort out of the boys team,” Anegon explained. “I was really impressed with how all the boys looked. Cole looked fantastic in his effort Saturday as did Zeke. Both had fairly big PRs and both took command of their races in different ways. I was really happy to see Cole move up from roughly 20th at one-mile to where he finished in 12th. He looked unstoppable.
“Zeke got comfortable after the first mile and looked great in the back half of the race. Ben and Josh also got out quick and PR’d in fantastic runs. James, though he didn’t run his fastest race, looked really strong in the back half after a slow start and I’m looking forward to seeing what sort of race he can put together on Saturday for us knowing he needs to go out a bit faster in the first mile.”
Johnson was the only Cougar girl to finish among the first 20 runners. Also running for Chewelah were Rayna Kircher, Ariel Brashler and Kailee Parrott. Brashler also ran a career-best time (26:50).
“The girls also excelled,” said Anegon. “Kiana ran her best, most comfortable looking race all year and looks to be peaking at the right time. Ariel had a huge PR, which to the coaching staff isn’t surprising given the types of workouts she has put in during practice. Kailee also had a good effort on Saturday with a solid time on the hilly Harrington track.”
Asotin earned the boy’s championship, followed by St. George’s and Valley Christian. St. George’s won the girls’ title, edging Kettle Falls 49-50 in the team scoring. Easton Pomrankey from Kettle Falls was the boys district champion in a time of 16 minutes 51 seconds. He was the only runner to traverse the course in under 17 minutes. Mya Edwards, also from Kettle Falls, was the girls champion with a time of 20 minutes, 04 seconds.
The Cougars will host the District 7 1B/2B Regional championships along with the District 7 and 9 Regional Championship this Saturday at the Chewelah Golf and Country Club. Top finishers will advance to the state meet in Pasco the following Saturday.