NXR Northwest Recap: Callahan repeats for Washington in girls championship race
Full recap from the 2022 NXR Northwest Championships at Eagle Island State Park in Boise.
BOISE - For the second consecutive year, a Washington runner claims the title, "Northwest's best."
Just a week after winning her first state championship in Pasco, Skyline's (Skyline Spartans XC) Anna Callahan came out on top again at Eagle Island State Park in Boise, winning the NXR Northwest girls championship race.
The junior from Sammamish covered the 5,000-meter course in a time of 17 minutes, 35.9 seconds to secure the win and earned herself an individual berth to Nike Cross Nationals, which will take place on Dec. 3 in Portland.
Last year, Kennewick's Macy Marquardt, now a freshman at Boise State, won the girls championship race in 17:27.8 but wasn't able to race at NXN due to the cancellation of the meet.
Finishing second to Callahan was 2A state champion and East Valley's (Knights XC) own Logan Hofstee. Closing in almost five seconds behind Callahan, Hofstee came through the finish line at 17:40.3 and will also advance to Nike Cross Nationals.
Callahan's teammate Rebecca O'Keefe, third in 4A, earned a top 10 finish with an eighth-place effort of 18:11.1. Curtis' Eliza White, 4A runner-up, finished ninth in 18:13.
2A runner-up Jessica Frydenlund of Anacortes (Anacortes Elite XC) finished 11th, edging out 3A runner-up Clare Herring (12th) of Central Kitsap (Silverdale Elite) at the line by a margin of 18:20.5-18:20.6.
Central Valley's (Spokane Valley Bear Claw) Nicole Bissell completed a 14th place finish in 18:32.7.
Issaquah's (Fly Eagles Fly) Katherine Yahn rounded out the top 20 with a time of 18:39.2.
Gig Harbor (Gig XC) finished fifth with 176 points. 3A champion Reese Morket was the top finisher for the Tides, placing 21st in a time of 18:41.1. Central Kitsap finished sixth with 183 points.
Sehome's (Mariners XC Club) Zack Munson finished sixth in the boys championship race in a time of 15:13.7 and will advance to Nike Cross Nationals as Washington's lone representative.
Bishop Blanchet's (Green Lake Harriers) Vincent Recupero ran a season best time of 15:27 to finish ninth overall. Walla Walla's Brody Hartley earned 13th in a time of 15:30.7.
The Mt. Spokane boys (Mt. Spokane Distance Project) finished ninth with 289 points. Ben Smith led the Wildcats with a 51st place run in a time of 16:06.5.
Eastlake (Sammamish Wolfpack) was 10th with 293 points. Ethan Pedersen and Noah Zahn finished 59th and 60th, respectively, in 16:11.5 and 16:11.6.
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