CROSS COUNTRY: Mud can’t stop Chewelah runners

Kettle Falls’ Easton Pomrankey and Chewelah’s Zeke Crockett start the NE 2B meet on Saturday in Chewelah. (KS Brooks photo)

(GENO LUDWIG/Chewelah Independent)

CROCKETT BOYS AT IT AGAIN: Crockett brothers finish in top ten of district home meet while Kettle Falls’ Easton Pomrankey wins boys race…

Immediately after placing third in the middle school girls’ cross-country race on Saturday morning, second place finisher named Bella from St. George’s jogged across the practice football field to her parents in her stockings.

“Where are your shoes?” her father asked.

“I lost both of them in the mud.” She replied.

After hugs and photos, she and her sister Esther, who placed tenth, retrieved both shoes.

Chewelah’s Rebekah Whittekiend (front) and Sabrina Sharp fights off the pack at Chewelah’s home XC meet Saturday. (KS Brooks photo)

Later, during the high school boys’ race, a runner came down the west side of the course wearing one shoe and holding the other.

Unknown to spectators, there was a mud hazard behind the left-field varsity softball field fence that hindered those who did not tie their shoes tightly. The remainder of the course that was in full view was a little soft and soggy in places along the swales, but not muddy.

The mud did not hinder the veteran runners, however. First place finisher Easton Pomrankey from Kettle Falls ran the 3.1-mile course in 17 minutes, 22 seconds, beating the second place runner to the finish line by over 100 yards. At the final turn of the race, his steady stride and easy breathing made it look as if he was just running a warm-up lap.

Chewelah’s Zeke and Ty Crockett both finished among the top 10 runners in the boys race. Zeke crossed the finish line fourth with a time of 18 minutes, 24 seconds. Ty finished tenth at 19 minutes, 15 seconds. Also completing the race for the Cougar boys were Wyatt Tolman (21:48), Josh Grooms (21:55) and Kade Frizzell (23:20). The Cougars finished fifth among the 10 teams competing, including 63 runners.

Only two Cougar girls ran the girls’ race, with both clocking good times for the course. Sabrina Sharp finished eighth with a time of 23 minutes, 49 seconds. Rebekah Whittekiend finished eleventh in 25 minutes, 02 seconds.