2020 XC Preview: 1B/2B Girls

Updated: Aug 2


Is Pope John Paul II ready to start a new dynasty? Can Mya Edwards bounce back in her junior year?

It was a year full of historical moments for the 1B/2B girls.


Pope John Paul II knocked off Liberty Bell to win their school's first ever sports team title, and Life Christian's Gabby Martin joined the company of former state individual champions with her amazing performance in Pasco winning her first state championship.


But Martin has transitioned up to 1A, so who will be the next individual champion?


Here are the top 1B/2B girls and teams to watch for this coming March.

Individuals


Maddy Blake, Cedar Tree Classical Christian

Logo courtesy of Cedar Tree Classical Christian School.

Maddy Blake made her way back to the podium for the first time since her eighth grade year with a 14th place finish this last fall at the 1B/2B state cross country meet running a time of 20:41.1. Blake ran a 5k personal best time of 19:32.7 at the District 4 Championships to finish in third, and took first at the Harvest Classic running 20:04.5. Also placed fourth at the Central 2B League Championships running 21:31.1. Between Blake and her teammate, Suzie Johnson, the two make up the best duo in 1B/2B. Watch for Blake to be in the top five at state.


Mya Edwards, Kettle Falls

Mya Edwards. (Keenan Gray/The Runner WA)

Mya Edwards started off her sophomore season with great races including a 5k time of 19:59.5 at the Nike Battle for the 509 Invite and a 2.5 mile time of 16:18.7 at the Highlander Invite. It was about the mid-point of the season where she fell off in her racing success, but was able to pick back up where she had left off at the beginning of the year at the 1B/2B state cross country meet running a time of 19:53.2 to place fourth overall. Ran a season best 5k time of 19:50.1 at the District 7/9 Championships placing second, and won her second consecutive District 7 Championship running 20:04.8. With a personal best time of 19:27 from her freshman season, Edwards will get back down to that time in her junior year and will be a top three finisher at state.


Jori Grialou, Liberty Bell

Logo courtesy of Liberty Bell High School.

It took Jori Grialou a few months to get under her freshman 5k time, but she was able to go above and beyond that mark in her two postseason races last fall. Grialou placed sixth at the 1B/2B state cross country meet running a personal best time of 20:10.4 and is the Mountain Lions top returner from their second place team. Took second at both the Central Washington B Championships and the District5/6 Championships running 20:39.26 and 20:14.5. Grialou is a top six finisher once again this season, but the main focus will be to lead her team back to anoth