2020 XC Preview: 2A Girls

Can Ellensburg repeat as state champions? Will Port Angeles' Lauren Larson join some of the 2A's best to win a state title?

The Ellensburg Bulldogs re-wrote 2A history last fall winning the school's first ever state cross country team title led by their individual state champion Leah Holmgren.

But with Holmgren and multiple Ellensburg seniors graduating this past year, the individual and team title race are fair game this season.

Here are the top individuals and teams to watch for this fall for the 2A girls.


Sonja Blycker, Cedarcrest

Logo courtesy of Cedarcrest High School.

After a slow start to the season, Sonja Blycker took the cross country state meet by storm with an incredible end of the season performance. Starting off at 20:14 in the first race of the season, Blycker ran a 5,000-meter personal best time of 18:56.4 at the 2A state meet to place ninth overall. Placed third at the Nike Twilight Invite in the small school race running 19:15.3 and seventh at the District 1/2 Championships running 20:08.7. If Blycker uses her state race from last year as a stepping stone to blossom into one of the state's best runners, she can see herself placing top six or better at 2A state.

Evelyn Buetow, Sehome

Evelyn Buetow. (Keenan Gray/The Runner WA)

Evelyn Buetow could be the next Sehome great, going into this season after a solid freshman year. Last fall, Buetow placed 11th at the 2A state cross country meet running 18:57 while leading Sehome to a third place team finish. Ran a 5,000-meter personal best time of 18:53.5 placing third at the Northwest Conference Championships, and placed fourth at the District 1/2 Championships running 19:41.2. One of her best runs came at Sehome's home invite when she placed first for the 2-mile race in a personal best time of 12:38.3. Other than running, Buetow swims in the winter time, making her one of the strongest athletes to run cross country. Look for her to place top five at state.

Lauren Larson, Port Angeles

Lauren Larson. Photo taken by Sydney Stone.

Lauren Larson has always been at the front of the pack, but hasn't quite got over the hump to become the 2A's best. Larson was fifth last fall at the 2A state cross country meet running 18:41.2 tallying her state medal total to three for her career. Ran a 5,000-meter personal best of 18:21.5 at the Nike Hole in the Wall Invite and won a total of five races including a 3-mile personal best run of 17:31 at the Salt Creek Invite. Placed third at the Olympic League Championships running 19:39.3 and fourth at the Westside Classic District Championships running 19:24.4. Larson is the fastest returning runner this fall entering the season as an early favorite to win the individual state title.

Kate Laurent, Ellensburg

Kate Laurent. (Keenan Gray/The Runner WA)

Ellensburg could see another individual state title brought home again this season by Kate Laurent. A main contributor to Ellensburg's state team title, Laurent was fourth at the 2A state cross country meet running a time of 18:38.7, five seconds off h