Northwest Review 3

Collins XC by Angela Collins

With action picking up in the region as well as most of the nation there is much to cover this week.   A number of records fell during the course of the week and we’ll with them.   At the Tracy Walters meet in Spokane Kai Wilmot of North Central .   Although the Walters is a young meet its record of 14:57 by Andrew Gardner, a two-time Foot Locker finalist, was impressive but on Saturday Wilmot Kai zipped across the finish line in a time well before the official mark and was credited with 14:44.  The clocking is all the more stunning for Wilmot is only a junior.   In his wake were John Dressel of Mt. Spokane & Austin Oser of Kamiakin, who waged their own private duel, which Dressel won, although both were credited with versions of 15:31.  Fourth went to Tanner Anderson of NC, who led a duo of team mates, who included Oliver Reed & Keith Williams, who had an off day for him.      On the girls’ side Katie Knight showed that her health issues are behind her with a fast time of 17:47.  Although the time is a bit off her previous course record of 17:41, it was a strong time for this early in the season.   In her wake were a pair of State champions with Oregon’s Paige Rice getting the nod over Idaho’s Emily Hamlin, who ran 18:38 & 18:43 respectively.   Ellen Patterson, like Rice representing St. Mary’s Academy,  placed fourth in 18:48 and Jesuit’s Ellie Kallgren edged Coeur d’ Alene ’s Josie Brown.  It is a measure of the quality of the race for, although it is still relatively small, the field included Rice, who won the Wilsonville Invitational and Brown, who won the Post Falls Invite.  Not bad!  Dylan Hite of Jesuit, Lacey Conner of SMA, Elise Tello of Eisenhower & Taylor Moscoe of the Crusaders rounded out the top ten.   The team race saw the North Central guys four of the top six places to make a victory almost inevitable, while Knight was their only representative for the young ladies.   The Jesuit girls topped St. Mary’s Academy, while CDA earned third.  

Katie Knight by Craig Rice

     The Sehome Invitational is another young meet but it is run at a distance of two miles.  After the weekend of the effort of Amy-Eloise Neale it will appear that that invite’s record has lasted for years.   Neale won the senior division with a time of 10:54, which gave her a solid margin of victory over her Glacier peak team mate Katie Bianchini, whose time of 11:31 was also under the meet record.  Brittany Gappa came in third in the senior race with a time (11:48), which would have easily won the other female divisions. Sally Larson placed fourth in 11:52.   The other divisional champions for the ladies were Emily Pettis for the sophomores (12:10), RaynJoy Norton for the juniors with 12:36 & Emma Janousek of Arlington, who led the freshmen with 12:46.   The premier boys’ race was in the senior division, where Patrick Gibson of Squalicum defeated Poli Balthazar of Aberdeen by two seconds with his time of 9:55.  Nathan Wadhwani had the third best time of all division with 10:01, as he outlasted Tom Bradley by a second.    Squalicum ’s Chris Fredlund led the juniors with 10:28, while Kirby Overman of Sehome topped the sophomores with 10:34.   Sam Gillman of Bellingham was the fastest of the freshmen with his time of 11:30.

      We already reported on action from the Run-A-Ree at Hudson ‘s Bay but it is worth reiterating that Alexa Efraimson ran 18:00 to defeat Alexa Fuller of Union, who ran 18:42.  With 51 previous editions it is hard to say what the record was but Priscilla Timmons’ time of 18:18 from 2010 was the fastest time in years.   Mark Tedder of Battle Ground ran 15:40, which easily claimed the victory over Andrew Kaler of Camas & Colby Gilbert of Skyview.

      Powerhouse Bellarmine Prep had its own invitational and coach Matt Ellis’ girls got off to a great start with senior Daryl Phill scoring the individual title for the girls with 11:24 over the two mile course.  Lily Engelbrekt of Bishop Blanchet took second with 11:24 and Hannah Derby of BP took third with 12:11.  Bryn Mayo of Charles Wright came in fourth with 12:17 and Bellarmine ’s Hayley Hustead  crossed the line in 12:22.  The guys from defending 4A champion Gig harbor displayed its power up front, as Wolfgang Beck, Logan Carroll and Tristan Peloquin placed first, third & fifth respectively.  Keegan Symmes of Skyline placed 2nd with 9:54 to finish ten seconds behind Beck.  Travis Carroll of Charles Wright took 4th in 9:56and Mason Fletcher of Puyallup came in sixth with 10:03. 

      The Capital Invitational held in Olympia was run in flights according to class and Sofia Kane won for the locals, as she broke fourteen minutes with 13:55.  Nicole Goecke of Prairie just missed a victory with her time of 13:55 in the junior race with Kane.    Unlike Bellarmine the distance was 2.33 miles sand Brooke Kingma of Jackson topped the sophomores with 14:34.  Lindsay Tompkins of Prairie ran 14:46 to place first among the seniors and Alice Herrera topped the freshman with 15:14.  The sophomore division for guys witnessed fine times by Peter Kesting (11:51) of Olympia & Aaron Roe (11:56) of Jackson went 1 – 2 and also posted the top times of the day.  Dallas Snider of W F West was the best of the seniors with his mark of 11:58.  Cody Williamson of Shelton ran 12:05 to top the junior’s and Porter McMichael scored among the freshmen with 13:01.

       The Highlander Invitational was hosted by Shadle Park on Saturday at a distance of  two and a half miles in divisions by class year.  Andrew Gardner of mead led everyone with his time of 12:16.  Travis Thorne of Ferris finished second behind Gardner, while Just Ross & David Covert of Rocky Mountain came in 3rd & 4th among the seniors.   Nicholas Hauger of Shadle was the leader of the juniors with 12:43.   For the girls it was Lindsey Bradley of Richland, who had the fastest time for all the girls with her 14;51 clocking.   Megan Beauchene of Kamiakin led the juniors with 14:54 for the 2nd fastest time for females & Sanne Holland of Cheney was the best of the seniors with 15:02.

  Jose Macias by Trinh Vo

    The state of Oregon had numerous events during the course of the week but the Brooks’ Runner’s Soul race held at Sandstone Middle School in Hermiston produced a noteworthy run by Jose Macias, who had a very good summer of training according to his coach Jake Puzey, rewrote the record book with his time of 15:48.  He broke the record of Boise ‘s Eric Fitzpatrick.   Placing second was Alejandro Cisneros, also from Hermiston, who ran 16:19.  Seth Deal placed third with 16:40 and Efrain Jaime of the Bull Dogs took fourth in 17:24.   Despite the absence of Eduardo Juarez Hermiston still claimed the boys’ title, as the Union girls also defending their team title.   Katriel O’ Reilly of Union defended her title with her time of 19:41 & Katie Markwick of Hermiston came in 2nd with 20:01.  McKenzie Evans of Union, Samantha Cowan of Chiawana and Amy Pfaff of Hanford placed third through fifth.    As usual all runners were treated to delicious watermelons provided by Bellinger Farms.

       We covered the Canby invitational earlier but the leading runners were Charlotte Corless of Sunset (19:51) and Christopher Black of Franklin led the guys with 17:20.

        At the Crusader Invitational in Medford Stephanie Croy of Cascade Christian topped the field by over a middle with her mark of 19:53.   Ray Schireman & Blake Spencer  of North Medford ran 16:44 & 17:06 respectively to lead the guys.

      The Tualatin Invitational on Wednesday saw Dan Oekerman of Beaverton reverse the decision from the previous year with Nick Obletz of Oregon Episcopal.   Oekerman ‘s 15:52 was the only time under sixteen minutes.   Erin Gregoire made it a Beaverton sweep of the individual titles.  Her timeof 20:27 topped Shea Vallaire of Lake Oswego by 23 seconds.

      Kennedy Allen of David Douglas began her freshman year with a victory in the Mt. Hood Relays.  Her time for 1600 Meters was 5:28.  Haley McDonald of Gresham ran 5:52 to take second.   Jean Baptiste-Tooley & Dante Dalla Gasperina of Central Catholic went 1 – 2 with times of 4;40 & 4:45.  Jackson Haselnus of Barlow came in third with 4:49.

       Winners at the Deedon Cascade Invitational in Turner, Oregon were Olivia Powell of Creswell, who ran the 5K in 20:55 &Logan Veasy of LaSalle, who ran 18 flat.  LaSalle swept both the both & girls’ team titles.

       The Ultimook Invitational at Hydrangea Ranch near Tillamook offered teams a chance to camp and also race.   Over forty teams from Oregon & Washington took advantage of the opportunity and then witnessed a dominant performance by the girls of South Eugene.  Sara Tsai led the way with a time of 19:45 and was followed by Erin Clark (19:49) and Phacelia Cramer (20:44).  Erin Gregoire of Beaverton (21:15) & Taryn Rawlings (21:24) claimed the next two places.   Ty James of Wilsonville topped the guys with 18:12 & Cameron Martin of the Axemen placed second in 18:15.  Bailey Peterson of Newberg & Aaron Josi of Tillamook took 3rd & 4th.

       Pre’s Trail was the sight of the Marist Invitational in Eugene, where Maggie Schmaedick of Sheldon earned a victory.  Her time of 18:51 saw her win by almost fifty seconds over Sierra Brown of Hidden Valley.  David Darland of Sheldon topped the guys with 16:20 but David Cornish of North Valley was close behind with 16:22.

             A trio of Oregon teams traveled south to contest the Yreka Invitational.  Gracie Tostenson of Crater topped the girls’ varsity with a time of 20:12, while Ashland, led by the third place finish of Madeline Chaves (21:34) garnered the team race with a low of 29 points.   Isobel Whitcomb & Kia Parrish-Hain added fourth & fifth place finishes for Ashland.   John Whelan of Etna beat his challengers by over a minute with his time of 16:00 but Shasta won the team competition.  Crater was third in both the boys’ & girls’ races.    



      The annual Tiger Grizz offers a challenging course for the state’s runners but sophomore Elijah Armstrong of Pocatello had no trouble with neither the terrain, the altitude,  nor the competition, as he sped to victory in 16:11.  His time broke the record of Foot locker qualifier Dallin Farnsworth, who ran 16;20 last year.  Haydin Herndon ran 16:34 to follow his team mate in the scoring.   Pocatello won the team race as Bear River & Bozeman took second & third.   Hailey Ricks of Star Valley ran 19:20 to top all girls.  Presli Hutchinson of Highland in Pocatello placed second in 19:28 – a time well ahead of last year’s 20:48.  Caroline Hardin of Bozeman placed third in 19:35 in somewhat of a surprise, while Rachel McGovern of Pocatello was fourth.  Hannah McInturff of Century followed in fifth with 20:47.

       Chase England (17:57) & Jasmine Nesbitt (22:55) won at Wood River, while Mike Cunningham (17:09) of Kuna & Cheryn Trapp of Vallivue scored at the Weiser Invitational.  The boys’ race came down to the final meters with Andrew Burgess of Kuna also being clocked in 17:09.

      The Curran Invitational in Nampa saw Sam McKinnon of Mountain View return to the winner’s circle with a time of 18:59.  Allison Ellingson & Becca Williamson, also from Mtn. View placed second & third.   Conrad Larson ran 16:44 to secure the boys’ triumph.   Jared Capell (17:00) & Cody Lind (17:02) garnered the next two places.

     A trip to Silverwood offers a chance to ride some great roller coasters and on Saturday it also offered some racing as well at the Silverwood Invitational.  Tyler White o Orono won the meet with 16:48 topping Sam Stahnke.   Lily Koffman took a solid lead and romped with a time of 19:52, as Jordan Richards placed second in 20:48.





     Allie Ostrander rolled to victory at the Palmer Invitational with a fine time of 17:42.  No surprise there but Audrey Michaelson of Colony changed tactics by running well off the pace before closing in a rush.  Her time of 18:43 is most promising on a course that is hardly easy.  Hope Steffenson (18:54) of Kenai & Megan Kubichek (19:06) of Lathrop earned third & fourth.  Brooke Lizotte challenged Ostrander early but paid a price as she faded to fifth. Her time was 19:08 but you have to respect her efforts, which will only make her stronger in the end.   Kodiak team mates Levi Thomet & Cole Christiansen once again reversed their positions in taking the first two places.   This time Thomet ran 15:45 to win by a second.  Peter Noon of West Valley came in with 15:51 and Erich Hoefler, also from WV in Fairbanks, finished fourth.  Tai Norvell of Juneau Douglas was fifth.  The West Valley guys had a low of 29 points to defeat Kodiak, which had 69.   Grace Christian won the girls’ race with 52 points and was followed by Lathrop with 84 & Colony with 91.  Kodiak was right behind with 92 points.


                                                                Around the Nation


        We would have loved to have been in Ohio for the huge Tiffin Carnival, which has been providing great competition for years.   This year proved to be no different as Jacob Dumford of North Westerville breezed to victory in 15:29.   His team mate Kent Ford was not far behind with a fine time of 15:37.  Evan Stifel of Cincinnati Xavier placed third with 15:41and then Tevin Brown of Toledo St. John’s edged Jake Grabowski of Xavier by a second with his time of 15:48.   Mitchell Leitch of Dublin Jerome battled Kevin Blank of Solon down to the wire but got the nod as both were credited with 15:51.  Dan Zupan of Berea ran 15:54 for eighth and Blake Meyer of Cincinnati oak Hills & Jack Miller of Iggy followed in tenth with 15:58.  Austin Fasciana of Avon & Matt Waaland of Findlay both ran versions of 15:59 to come in 11th & 12th.  Therese Haiss of Solon drew away from her challengers to win by 19 seconds with a time of 18:18.  There was little separating Kaitlyn Willette of Dublin Jerome & Rachael Mahle of Springboro at the end as they took the next two places with 18:37 & Corinne Kule of Chardon took fifth in 18:47.   Brittany Atkinson of Liberty Center (18:47) & Madi Connelly of Rocky River (18:48) placed fifth & sixth.  Maddie Britton of Bay Village saw her streak of two invitational victories snapped but she still ran a fine 18:55 to earn 7th.   Erin Gyurke of Oregon Clay, Janelle Noe of Sylvania Northview and Emma Hatch of Mother of Mercy (Cinci) came in 8th through tenth. 



       Jordyn Colter of Cherry Creek won her own invitational to make it two invites in a row.  Her time of 17:31 broke the record of Katie Follett, another Foot locker qualifier, of 17:44, which was set in 2004.Arapahoe runners Emily Wolff & Lauren Lipski took second & third finishing a second apart.  Wolff ran 18:57.  Kristi Oslund was fourth in 18:59.   Clayson Shumway ran 16:04 to earn the victory over Danny Vavrik of Arapahoe, who ran 16:18.  Wyoming runners Alec Brudzinski (16:20) and Shane Rhodes (16;30) garnered third & fourth, while Jacob Lucero crossed the finish with 16;31.

       The triumph at the Vigil Invitational went to Shannon Maloney, who ran 18:37.   It came down to the wire with Jackson Sayler & Joe Maloney battling it out but Sayler secured the victory by a second with 15:38.

        Elise Cranny rewrote the record books at St. Vrain with her time of 18:17.Isabelle Robinson placed second in 18:32.  Clare Green placed fifth, as she continues to get stronger after a bout with mono.



        Makena Morley made things interesting in the Flathead Invitational by winning with a time of 17:47.  The record for the course is 17:40, which was accomplished by Foot locker National Champion Zoe Nelson.  Paige Gilchrist of Hellgate placed second with 18:08.  Troy Fraley of Glacier held off a challenge by Adam Peterman of Hellgate, as both were timed in 15:10.  Former Flathead winner Zach Perrin finished third in 15:43.


                                                                                New York

        Erin McConnell of Fabius-Pompey won the East Syracuse – Minoa Invite in Central New York with a time of 18:47.  Madeline Adams of Skaneateles placed second.  Kyle Loftus of Fulton scored in the boys’ race with 17:09.  Jesse Perrone of ESM took second.

      In some ways the biggest news was the announcement Bill Aris, the coach of Fayetteville Manlius that the school will only run one race:  the Manhattan Invitational.   That means the young runners can not qualify to run at State, even if their parents wanted them to try.  Oh yes they will run in the Mud-Bowl in Portland.  Isn’t that just special – Portland in December?!



    Once again the Murray Invitational drew a large field but Summer Harper of Orem ran away in the girls’ race to triumph in a time of 18:10.  Ellie Child of Davis followed with 18:24 while Shea Martinez, also from Davis, was third in 18:33.  Mountain Crest runners Tori Parkinson & Miranda O’Very took 4th & 5th.   Ben Saarel also earned another victory, as he crossed the line in 15:28.  Jerrell Mock ran 15:37 to beat Conner Mantz by a second.  Jaydin Asay & Kramer Morton ran 15:46 & 15:51 for the next two places.



     Lianna Mack of Sauk Prairie had the best time for the girls with 14:52 for 4K.Anna Eisenzimmer & Hannah Owens of Dodgeville-Mineral ran 14:54 & :56 for second & third in the large school race.  Ryan McCoy blazed home in 15:37 to defeat rival Tyson Miehe (16:03) in the small school division. Defending large school champion Chandler Diffee of Madison La Follette topped Dylan Eigenberger of Dubuque by a second.   It was the second straight big victory for McCoy, who defeated Diffee in Venona the previous weekend.



    Foot locker finalist Kaylee Flanagan racked up another victory at the Lancer Invitational with a time of 16:27 for three miles.



     Erin Finn, another Foot Locker finalist, won the Brother Rice – West Bloomfield meet in 18:11.  The next closest runner came in at 19:02.  Costa Willets ran 16:29 for the boys’ title.

      At the Clement Bath Invitational Tanner Hinkle (15:53) topped Keenan Roberts (15:59)  Lauren Benstead zipped home in 17:56, while the next closest runner came in with 18:38.

     Nick Raymond of Erie won at Kuenner on Friday.

     Julia Bos, who was 2nd at foot Locker Midwest last fall, won again – this time at the Christian Schools Meet, when she was clocked in 17:59.  Alexis Miller was a distant second with 19:38 yet the only other girl to break twenty minutes.   Her time was 19:38.  Zac Nowicki ran 16:11 and his closest pursuer finished nineteen seconds behind him. 



   Tai Braude scored at the Bronco Invitational.  He ran 9:51 for two miles.  Ricky Sweet finished second in 9:53 & Steve Fahy placed third with 9:54.  Jorge Matt-Navarro was next with 9:59.  On the girls’ side Emma Abrahamson switched places with her team mate Kelly Lawson who upset her last fall.   Emma ran 11:08 to come home nine seconds ahead of Lawson.  Danielle Voyles of Rancho Bernardo was third with 11:23.

   At Laguna Hills Mitchell Pratt led with 15:09

   At Don Bosco Veronica Yasmane of Arcadia swept the title in 17:36 for three miles.  David Galvez of Rowland topped the guys with 14:55.



    Maria Hauger annexed the Gerry Smith Invite (4k) with 13:55.



       KVAC Meet at Lawrence was won by Caroline Colan (20:51) and Justin Tracy (17:30).  Paige Tennison led the girls with 17:35 with Amanda Gerlich running 17:48.

      At the Caribou Invitational – Dan Curts won in 15:48 with the next closest runner coming in at 17:17.  Aleta Looker was first among the girls with 19:29.



                                                                                New Jersey

    The Randolph Invitational saw Andy Adamovics of Montgomery turn in the fastest time of the day, as he scored in the A Division with 16:03.   Steve Maine of Highland Regular was timed in 16:14, when he claimed the “B” race & John Flannery of Bronxville ran 16:21 to take “C”.   Sarah Disanza of High Point was easily the fastest of the gals taking the B Division.   Melissa Vanwingerden of Point was the only other female runner to break nineteen, when she placed second in 18:54.   Marisa Ruskan of Bridgewater swept the A Division in A, while Emelie Hoffer of Bronxville was the fastest in “C” with 19:15.








  Gabby Karas

  Gabriella Karas is only an eighth grader, yet is the defending State champion in AA.   On Saturday to took an almost immediate lead in the “Rumble in the Jungle” meet outside of Louisville.   The course begins with a loop around the soccer field but once completed the runners pass the point, where they originally turned but go straight past.   Gabriella mistakenly turned once again and was forced to retrace her steps, which cost her a good 20-30 seconds.  In spite of that handicap, she was able to catch and then pull away from her challengers, as she won with a time of 19:15.  Maddox Patterson of Sayre (19:28) & Caroline Grogan of Oldham County(19:29) collected second & third & were the only other runners to break twenty minutes on the Creasey Mahan nature Preserve course, which was made quite slick by a storm the night before the race.   The boys’ race witnessed an early three-way duel between Conor Sheryak of St. Xavier, John Spencer of Lafayette & Nicholas Waltman of Sayre.   Waltman fell off the pace in the third mile but Spencer & Sheryak remained so close until the very end that it was difficult to get a picture of both.  Down the stretch Sheryak found a reserve and pulled away down the stretch to gain a two second margin over his rival.  The winning time was 16:25.  Max Mudd of Xavier finished 4th in 16:53 and Xavier won the team race over North Oldham 34 to 51.  The end result is misleading, because Xavier had four of their normal top seven runners miss the race due to SAT Exams.