Yakima, WA - The No. 8 Bellingham Red Raiders girls cross country team took 3rd overall scoring 37 points at the Sunfair Invitational at Franklin Park in Yakima last Saturday, September 29th.
At the Sunfair Invite, teams don't race all 7 of their varsity runners together. Instead, teams put their athletes in combined races based off of their spot on the team. For example, the No. 1 runner from your team will run against the other No. 1 runner from other schools.
Livi Lackland Henry (L) and Annika Reiss (R) competing at the Sehome Invite earlier this season. (Keenan Gray/The Runner)
Bellingham's Annika Reiss and Livi Lackland Henry led the Red Raiders with their 1st place finishes in the girls No. 1 and No. 3 races. Reiss ran 18:28.61 and won by almost 30 seconds beating Kennewick's Geraldin Correa. Henry ran 19:37.77 edging out South Kitsap's Evelyn Collins-Winn for the win.
Grace Much also did well for Bellingham placing 2nd in the No. 2 race running 19:50.86. Lily Malterre (No. 6, 6th), Piper Brown (No. 5, 7th), and Lily Koplowitz-Fleming (No. 7, 7th) scored well for Bellingham in their races.
Lynden's Frances Perry and Amsa Burke were the only runners for the Lions to compete in the varsity races. Perry ran 23:39.17 and was Lynden's overall fastest runner. Burke ran 24:46.37 in her race.
South Kitsap placed 1st as a team scoring 20 points and Kamiakin was 2nd scoring 25 points in the girls meet.
On the boy's side, Lynden's Tate Hutchins finished 16th in the No. 1 race but had the fastest time of the day for the Lion running 16:58.50. Hutchins, who had missed last weeks meet due to illness, hasn't run in a race since the South Whidbey Invite.
The Lion's top placers in their race were in fact Hans Tamminga and Rafe Wolfisberg. Both boys ran to 11th place finishes with Wolfisberg running 17:25.94 and Tamminga ran 17:30.71. No. 2 runner from Lynden, Isaiah Ellis, was 15th in his race with a time of 17:33.67.
Jensen Kintzele led all Red Raiders with his time of 17:16.77 in the No. 1 race. No. 2 runner Caleb Schmotzer was 2nd for his running 17:35.62.
Kamiakin boy's nearly missed out on scoring perfect in this meet with their team placing 1st overall scoring 9 points. The Braves had 5 winners in the No. 3 - No. 7 races. Rocky Mountain from Meridian, Idaho was 2nd with 21 points and South Kitsap was 3rd with 38 points.
For more results, visit: https://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/meet/145118/results
Bellingham will be at Lake Padden for the "City Meet" and Lynden travels down to Anacortes High School for NWC tri-meet. Both meets are on Wednesday starting at 4:00.