Updated: Jul 23, 2020
Ellie Baxter, Snohomish
After a successful 2019 track and field season, Ellie Baxter carried the momentum into last fall with another impressive season of cross country. Baxter finished 12th at the 3A state cross country meet running a 5,000-meter personal best time of 18:36.8, one minute faster than her previous best time on the state course from her sophomore year. Placed third at the WESCO Championships running 18:38.7 and fourth at the District 1 Championship running 19:34.7. Baxter is a tough competitor and coming from what should be a challenging District 1 this season, she will be more than ready to run fast in Pasco. Baxter is a definite top eight state finisher or better.
Olivia Freeman, Bishop Blanchet
Olivia Freeman went from being a middle of the pack runner, to one of the top returners this season after a great state meet. Freeman led Bishop Blanchet to a third place team finish at the 3A state cross country meet with a 13th place finish running a 5,000-meter personal best time of 18:38.5, the first time she had broke the 19 minute barrier since her 25th place finish her freshman year at state. Before the state meet, Freeman was the runner-up at the Metro League Championships running 19:05.4 and fifth at the District 2 Championships running 19:14.6. It was a bounce back year for Freeman in her junior year and should be expected to continue that success as a potential top eight finisher at this year's state meet.
Allie Janke, North Central
Easily one of the best comebacks from injury belongs to Allie Janke after having missed an entire season til post season rolled around. Despite missing an entire regular season, Janke won her second straight 3A state cross country individual title in a time of 17:26.8 and led North Central to their third consecutive state team title. Janke ran her personal best 5,000-meter time at the NXR Northwest Regional Championships in 17:10.1 to finish in fourth place to qualify for NXN in Oregon. Placed 63rd at NXN, while her team was sixth out of the 22 teams that qualified for the nations most elite meet. This spring, Janke was named Gatorade Player of the Year for track and field here in Washington. With a hopeful season, Janke is the heavy favorite to win her third state title.
Sarah Mirkin, Holy Names
Holy Names' state cross country title hopes fall in the hands of veteran speedster, Sarah Mirkin. Mirkin led the Cougars to a second place team finish at the 3A state meet last fall with her first podium finish placing 16th individually running a season best time of 18:51.9. Some of Mirkin's best performances of the season came at the Bellarmine Invite two-mile race placing fifth running 12:13.9 and at the District 2 Championships placing seventh running 19:28.5. This spring Mirkin would have been the top 800-meter runner for 3A and potentially win a state title, and without that track season, expect something big from Holy Names' top runner this fall.
Jasmine Nguyen, Marysville Getchell