Updated: Mar 14
After a decade of dominance by the Sehome boys, the Mariners look to enter 2020 once again on top of the 2A ranks. Is there any team that can compete with them? Only one way to find out.
Also, a new champion will be crowned as well with Pullman's Eliason Kabasenche graduating and the field of potential runners who could win will be wide open this season.
Here's a look at the top 2A individuals and teams to watch for this fall.
Daniel Barna, Columbia River
Daniel Barna was fairly consistent as a runner as a sophomore following in the footsteps of former teammate, Aidan Rowley, and will look to take another step up in his junior season. Last fall, Barna was 22nd at the 2A state meet running 16:20.4 and was the runner-up at the Greater St. Helens League Championships with a 5,000-meter personal best time of 16:08.8. Columbia River's top returning runner looks to land a state podium spot this season, as well as lead the Chieftains to a state team trophy.
Hale Behan, Sammamish
In his first two seasons of high school running, Hale Behan has established himself has one of the best at the 2A level in both track and cross country. Behan was seventh last fall at the 2A state cross country meet running a 5,000-meter personal best time of 15:49.8. Behan was also the KingCo champion running 16:33.2 and third at the District 1 Championships in a time of 16:14.6. Big things were expected this last spring for Behan in track as a top 3,200-meter runner, and they will be even bigger this cross country season. As my dark horse pick, Behan is capable of finishing top three at the state meet.
Sawyer Dagan, Steilacoom
Sawyer Dagan is one of those athletes that strives to get better each season and has proven to a be a top runner in 2A after a much improved junior year. Last fall, Dagan led Steilacoom to a second place team finish at the 2A state cross country meet running a 5,000-meter personal best time of 15:45.6 while placing fifth as an individual. Placed third at the South Puget Sound League Championships in 16:04.3 and eighth at the Westside Classic District Championships in 16:52.5. Heading into his senior season, Dagan is the top returning finisher from the 2A state meet and is a contender to make a run at the state individual title.
Noah Hasselblad, North Mason
After a solid first season of cross country his sophomore season, Noah Hasselblad made big improvements his junior season and looks to continue his success this fall. Hasselblad was 11th at the 2A state cross country meet running a 5,000-meter personal best time of 16:00.2, a minute faster than his state time from a year prior. Finished second at both the Olympic League Championships and Westside Classic District Championships running 16:20.7 and 16:11.3. If Hasselblad can get his time down to 15:45 or faster, he's a for sure top eight finisher at the state meet.
Daniel Lee, Rogers (Spokane)