Hard Work Pays Off for Colville's Stone Boggs, Claims 1A Crown

PASCO - About a year ago, Colville's Alaina Stone Boggs came out running hard in the 1A state race putting herself in position to contend for the individual title with eventual champion, King's' Naomi Smith.

Unfortunately, Stone Boggs lost track of Smith after mile two when she began to break away from her and couldn't remain in contact.

Fast forward a year later, and it appeared to be a repeat of last year's run as Stone Boggs did the same exact thing, but this time she kept the pace consistent.

And as Stone Boggs kept the pace consistent, Smith didn't know how to respond to it, as if she were the underdog in the race and Stone Boggs was the favorite.

To end her senior season of high school cross country, Stone Boggs pulled off an incredible win over heavy favorite Smith in the 2019 1A girls state race for her first ever state title running a time of 17:39.6 on Saturday, November 9, at the Sun Willows Golf Course.

Colville's Alaina Stone Boggs coming down the home stretch to win the 1A girls state race on Saturday, November 9, at the Sun Willows Golf Course. (Keenan Gray/The Runner)

Coming from a small school, Stone Boggs felt being part of a sports team brought her closer to more people not only on her own team, but for other sports around the school too.

To win a state title means a lot to her she said, but it's more so for the community of Colville that been behind her back since the beginning.

"Sport have always been a big thing at my school as you were able to connect with more friends," said Stone Boggs.

"I just wanted to win this and bring this moment back. I've wanted this for so long, and I've appreciated being the underdog forever because achieving something like this makes it so much better."

Stone Boggs had the plan of going out in a little under six minutes for her first mile, but Smith, who finished in second in a time of 18:24, took it out strong and came across in 5:23.7. The Colville senior adjusted her plans and trailed Smith coming in at 5:24.5.

It wasn't necessarily a comfortable pace according to Stone Boggs at the beginning, especially when you look at last year's race between the two how Smith took off at the very end to gain full control of the race.

Going into mile two, the pace picked up quite a bit.

"When we went down the hill, I knew (Smith's) strategy was to go into the second mile faster," said Stone Boggs.

"She only picked it up for a little bit, and for that entire time I was with her, I knew I could take her. She would go up a hill and fade a little bit, and so I knew it was my day. When we came into that final lap, I had a good feeling about it."

As Stone Boggs made her way up on final turn before heading down hill to the finish, the left corner towards the finish line was going ballistic as they were cheering loud for her.