Updated: Aug 13, 2020
Northwest Christian of Lacey has been the most dominant boys team at the 1B/2B level in recent years, but it's time for the Pope John Paul II boy's to take the spotlight and build the newest dynasty.
Ilwaco's Daniel Quintana has shown us just the beginning of what he can do these next two years winning last years individual title, but can anyone else challenge him for the top podium spot this season?
Here are the top 1B/2B boys and teams to watch for this cross country season.
Kobe Deutscher, Pope John Paul II
Kobe Deutscher has established himself as the best middle-distance runner at the 1B/2B level in the state, but how good could he be in his senior year at distances farther than a mile? Deutscher was third last fall at the 1B/2B state cross country meet running a time of 16:05.8 and led Pope John Paull II to a second place team finish for a second year in a row. Ran a 5k personal best time of 15:49.7 at the Nike Twilight Invite placing second in the small school race. Won three races including the Eagle Cross Country Invite, the Sea-Tac League Championship, and a second consecutive Northwest District Championship. The 2019 1B 800-meter and 1,600-meter state champion will look to his first individual cross country title, while potentially leading the Eagles to their first ever cross country team title in school history.
Isaac Immel, Riverside Christian
Issac Immel may only be a junior this year, but because eighth graders can run at the high school level, the Riverside Christian runner has three years of running at the state cross country meet under his belt giving him plenty of experience going into what should be another good year for him. Placed 10th at the 1B/2B state cross country meet last fall running a 5k personal best time of 16:39.1, almost a one minute, 20 second improvement from his freshman year state time. Placed second at the Central Washington 2B League Championships running 16:53.48 and fourth at the District 5/6 meet running 17:01. Immel may not be at the front of the pack this season with some fast returners this year, but I see him as a top six finisher at state.
Nicholas Marty, Toledo
As a consistent runner at the beginning of the 2019 season in the 16-17 minute range, Nicholas Marty was finally able to have his breakthrough races at the end of the season. Marty ran a 5k personal best time of 15:55.7 to place fourth at the District 4 meet, and then a week later placed sixth at the 1B/2B state cross country running 16:12.7 earning his second consecutive top 10 finish at state. Also won the Central 2B League Championships and repeated as meet champion at the Toutle Lake Invite and Harvest Classic. If Marty can get the confidence to run down in the low 16 minutes for a 5k early on in the season, he can see himself as a top four finisher at state.
Justin Peck, Trout Lake