Another running career at the 4A level has come to an end for former Lake Stevens' standout Taylor Roe, who won a total of 9 state championships between cross country and track. New faces came into the scene last season with a freshman taking home the state cross title and numerous underclassmen making a house hold name for themselves. Let's meet this years top seven girls on the 4A side.
Ella Borsheim - Bellarmine Prep
It's very rare to see an incoming freshman come into their first year of high school cross country and take home a state championship, especially at the level Bellarmine's Ella Borsheim runs at. Borsheim put on a dominating performance at the state cross meet last fall running a time of 17:36.1 in her victory. She was four seconds short of her personal best mark at 17:32, which she also won at Nike Portland XC. Just to add on, she was also the Nike Borderclash Champion. A speedster also on the track, Borsheim was the runner-up in the 800 (2:12.93) and finished third in the 1,600 (4:57.01) at the state track meet. She also ran the 3,200 one time and won in 11:00.23. Expect another dominating season by the soon to be sophomore and a favorite to win another state title.
Julia David Smith - Issaquah
On paper, Julia David Smith was the best runner at the 4A level last season running a personal best time of 17:16.4. David Smith settled for a second place finish behind Borsheim at the state cross meet running a time of 18:01.7. She was also the runner-up at the Nike BorderClash 20. Going into the track season, David Smith lived up to the hype and fulfilled her dream of winning a state title in the 1,600 running a personal best time of 4:50.35. She was also the runner-up in the 3,200 where she ran a personal best time of 10:21.15. The top veteran in this young class will dominate the regular season like Borsheim, and then it's going to be a battle between the two for what could be the best state championship match-up in quite some time on the girls side.
Ella Nelson - Walla Walla
Ella Nelson placed herself on the running map this last fall with an impressive fifth place finish at the state cross meet. Running in the 19 minutes all season long, Nelson threw down a 18:52.5 at state. Her personal best time was run at the Nike Hole in the Invite in 18:05.4. She was also a surprise at the end of the track season last spring as she qualified for state in both the 1,600 and 3,200 and placed very well. In the 1,600, she was the runner-up in a personal best time of 4:52.52. In the 3,200, she was third in a time of 10:45.98, three seconds off her personal best. When it comes down to postseason running, count on Nelson to step up her "A-game". A top three runner for sure.
Aviry Stratton - Glacier Peak
Aviry Stratton helped the Grizzlies get back to the state cross meet and win the state title last fall after missing out the year before for the first time in school history. She placed 19th running a time of 19:16.4, but her personal best time is 18:21.9, which was ran at the Nike Hole in the Wall Invite. During track, Stratton finished sixth in the 1,600 and fifth in the 3,200 at the state track meet running times of 5:04.69 and 10:55.36. Her best race though came at the district meet where she broke the five minute barrier running a time of 4:56.15. The top returning Grizzly has her eyes set on placing individually and leading her team to second straight state title.