North Central Completes Sweep of Central Valley

Central Valley and North Central cross country girl's team at the start line at Franklin Park in Spokane on Wednesday, March 17, 2021. (Keenan Gray/The Runner WA)

SPOKANE - Led by Allie Janke and Leif Swanson, the North Central girls and boys cross country teams defeated GSL foe Central Valley up at Franklin Park on Wednesday in each of their respective races.

Janke won her second race of the season running 17:46.9 for the three-mile race leading the Indians past Central Valley by a score of 29-30.

"It was fun to get back out there racing again," said Janke. "To have the chance actually to have a season no matter what that looks like, it's definitely a blessing, and it feels great to be back. I've missed this so much."

Janke had her first race of the season last week at Cheney where she ran 17:53.7 for the 5k race and led the Indians to wins over Cheney and Mt. Spokane. This past fall, she ran a new 5k personal best of 16:43 in a time trial.

The two-time 3A state cross country champion won't complete the three-peat this season due to no state meet occurring this spring. Still, Janke is making the most out of her last season in a North Central uniform before heading off to the University of Arkansas in the fall to run for the Razorbacks.

"In years past, I used GSL meets as preparation for big invites, but this year the GSL is the big thing," said Janke. "It will be fun to be able to see what I can do at small meets like this one."

Janke will also be competing in her first GSL Championship Meet this spring since her sophomore season since she was still recovering from an injury her junior year as she didn't race until the regional meet.

"It will be cool to compete with my teammates and race against some of my friends within the GSL just to see what we all could do together," said Janke.

Finishing behind Janke were teammates Madison Lee and Kendall Carter as they placed second and third individually for North Central running 19:01.3 and 19:05.3 to help in team scoring.

Katie Ries (20:26.2, 13th) and Julie Greiner (20:54.9, 15th) scored for North Central as well.

Central Valley Nicole Bissell was fourth overall in a time of 19:09.2 as the Bear's top varsity runner.

Other varsity scorers for the Bears were Rubagail Bryntesen (19:28.3, 5th), Alivia Bruno (19:38.2, 6th), Kylee Shakespeare (19:44.9, 7th), and Sarah Pecha (19:45.5, 8th).

North Central's Leif Swanson. (Keenan Gray/The Runner WA)

On the boy's side, North Central's Swanson ran a first-place of 15:13.9 in the boy's race defeating Central Valley's Alex Wright, who took second in 15:29.2, as the final score between the Bears and Indians was 20-39.

Coming off a win from last week where he ran a 5k personal best time of 15:25 on a tough, hilly course up in Cheney, Swanson had some fatigue coming into this meet despite the course conditions not being as gruesome as they were.

"I think it was a solid day given my current condition," said Swanson.