One week from now, 44 teams will be in Portland, and each with the dream of contending for the national championship of high school cross country. Photo by Alan Versaw.
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(Photo by Paul Everett) National championship fever is spreading across the country. The world of prep cross country begins its ascent to the national finals. Many will seek individual honors at either the historic Foot Locker National Cross Country Championships or Nike Cross National Championships. Nike Cross Nationals will offer the Team National Championship.
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Tracy Walter's Invitational (WA) Meet Page The top boys team in the country, U.S.#1 North Central (WA), got their season underway Saturday at the Tracy Walter's Invitational, as the team easily beat a strong field by placing four in the top six. While the meet scored eight athletes in the final team standings, North Central beat Seattle Prep (WA) 79-150. The squads' 1-5 split ran 66 seconds. North Central was led by senior Andrew Kimpel, who won the 5k race in 15:20.5, as runner-up Adam Thorne (Jr., Joel Ferris, WA) finished 15 seconds back in 15:35.3. Kimpel's teammates Jeff Howard and Leon Dean finished third and fourth, while Seattle Prep was led by junior Drew O'Donoghue-McDonald. Katie Mahoney (Sr., Richland, WA) won the girls varsity race, outlasting the field by finishing the race in 19:13.5. Mahoney outdistanced herself from runner-up Laura Sauvage (Jr., Seattle Prep, WA) over the final mile, as Sauvage finished in 19:23.3. Seattle Prep (WA) took home the team title 105-111 over Richland (WA).
Andrew Kimpel, Junior North Central High School, 2nd place 3A 16:05North Central High School Boys, 1st Place 3ANorth Central has taken 1st place for the last two years and 2nd place for the two years before.The Team’s The ThingAndrew Kimpel is a coach's dream and a model for every ‘just about average’ runner out there.
The U.S. #2 team, the U.S. #24 team, one of the best programs of all-time, and the third place team from Nike Team Nationals in 2006. No, this isn't the description of one team, or even a top flight invitational, it's the Greater Spokane League quad meet tonight at Ferris High School in Washington. North Central, Central Valley, Mead and Ferris square off in the four-team clash. The Spokane, WA running community trumps all others when it comes to sheer dominance, and tonight that dominance is center stage.
Gig Harbor Girls and Ferris Boys continue their March to the Sea. Taking third place, Kesslee Payne again leads the Gig Harbor girls to a 2nd place spot at the elite meeting of the nations best at the Nike Team Nationals this weekend in Portland. Oregon. Kenyans sweep first four spots to win the OPEN womans event,with 25 points; Gig WA girls are first American team in the same OPEN event. Ferris locks in a 3rd with an outstanding show in the Championship group, again pushing ahead of their ever rival Mead.
The Nike Team Nationals Preseason Rankings have been released, and Washington has 4 boys teams and 3 girls teams ranked in the top 10 for the Northwest Region. The top two ranked teams in each region plus four at large teams will be invited to the national finals. On the boys\' side, Mead and Ferris maintain last year\'s top 10 ranking, while Seattle Prep and Lake Stevens join the mix. On the girls\' side, Gig Harbor, Mount Spokane and Jefferson all maintain spots in the top 10 from last year.
Washington State High School Cross Country Pre Season Poll 2006 (Selected by the Washington State Cross Country Coaches Association) Pre Season 2006 POLL 4A boys -- 1, Mead. 2, Ferris. 3, Lake Stevens. 4, Gig Harbor. 5, Tahoma. 6, Lewis & Clark. 7, Central Valley. 8, Kentwood. 9, Woodinville. 10, Edmonds-Woodway. Also: Walla Walla, Eisenhower, Olympia. 3A boys -- 1, North Central. 2, Everett. 3, Seattle Prep. 4, Mount Spokane. 5, Kamiakin. 6, Capital. 7, Skyline. 8, Auburn Riverside. 9, East Valley (Spokane). 10, Bishop Blanchet. Also: Kelso, Lakes, Lindbergh.