2020 XC Preview: 4A Girls

Updated: Mar 14

From the Redmond girls winning their first state team title, to Issaquah's Julia David-Smith finally claiming a cross country state individual title, this fall should have a ton of great stories returning to make for a very exciting, and hopeful, cross country season.

Here are the top individuals and teams to watch for at the 4A level on the girls side.


Ella Borsheim, Bellarmine

Ella Borsheim. (Keenan Gray/The Runner WA)

Other than a 16th place finish at the 4A state cross country meet last fall, Ella Borsheim put together a quality sophomore season after having won the individual title her freshman season placing sixth at the Footlocker West Regional Meet and earning a trip to the Footlocker National Meet where she finished 36th. Borsheim ran a personal best three-mile time at the Richland Invite in 17:13.5 and a season best 5,000-meter time of 18:07.1 at Nike Portland XC. This spring, Borsheim traveled to down Arizona for the Desert Dream Last Hurrah to finish sixth running 4:50.32 in the Mile in a very fast field, and third in the 3,200-meter running 10:29.49. Borhseim also competed in the virtual Twilight Trials where she placed sixth in the 800 (2:17), and first in the mile (4:50.3, PR) and two-mile (10:20.5, PR). This will be the bounce back year Borsheim proves to everyone she is one of the best in Washington, so don't count her out of the state title conversation.

Julia David-Smith, Issaquah

Julia David-Smith (Keenan Gray/The Runner WA)

Arguably one of the most dominant season performances by any athlete last fall, Julia David-Smith returns for one more season to keep building her resume to become one of the greatest high school cross country runners in Washington. David-Smith won the 4A individual title in a time of 17:26.2, winning by 56 seconds, and then placed 18th overall at the Nike Cross National Meet in Portland, Oregon earning All-American honors running 18:02.4. She ran a personal best 5,000-meter time of 17:07.6 to place second at the Nike Hole in the Wall Invite and a three-mile personal best at the Curtis Invite in 16:45. David-Smith also traveled down to the Desert Dream Last Hurrah to compete in the two-mile and ran 10:31.68 placing fourth. I know she is the front-runner to repeat as the 4A champion, but can David-Smith break the 17 minute barrier for 5,000-meters this fall if we have a season? Maybe not at the state meet, but it's do-able at another invite like Hole in the Wall.

Lili Hargreaves, Redmond

Lili Hargreaves. Photo courtesy of Redmond Reporter.

Lili Hargreaves leads the best the trio of teammates in Washington, Chloe Connelly and Sophia Dahl, into the 2020 season with the hopes of repeating as team champions in what should be a very competitive field from a team perspective. Hargreaves was ninth running 18:36.6 at the 4A state meet last fall and was the Mustangs top runner for their state championship winning team. She ran her personal best 5,000-meter time at the Nike Hole in the Wall Invite in 18:31.4, and finished as the runner-up at the South Whidbey Carl Westling Invite and the 4A KingCo Cross Country Championships. If Redmond is looking to repeat as team champions, Hargreaves will need to have a big performance at state with a top five finish or better.

Natalie Ruzauskas, Richland

Natalie Ruzauskas. Photo courtesy of Richland Track and Field.