Fort Steilacoom Cancelled; Wenatchee, South Whidbey, Apple Ridge, Salt Creek go on.
With the Fort Steilacoom Invite canceled due to weather concerns in Lakewood over the weekend, teams like Tahoma scrambled to find last-minute invites. The PLU Invite was the perfect fit for the Bears' teams.
Both the Tahoma boys and girls teams took home team titles in their respective races, defeating Gig Habor. The boys won 65-74, while the girls won 50-84 over the Tide.
Daniel Castelluccio led the way for Tahoma in the boy's race, placing seventh overall for the 5k race in a personal best time of 16:13.90. Four more of Tahoma's scorers each ran personal best times, including Sam Clarke (11th, 16:34.90), Ryan Perkins (14th, 16:44.40), Ryan Lewis (15th, 16:46), and Jack Clarke (18th, 17:05.50).
Three lady Bears placed in the top 10 in the girl's race led by Sara Sanders' fourth-place run of 18:46.70, Julia Stuard in seventh (19:08.10), and Anika Nau in ninth (19:09.80). Kate Sanders (13th, 19:20.60) and Kyle Castleman (18th, 19:35.90) rounded out the scoring for Tahoma.
Stadium's Luke Alfonso won the boy's race in a personal best run of 15:36, and his brother Jacob was second running 15:46.10. Gig Harbor's Micah Galeana was third, running a personal best 15:53.40. Puyallup finished in third with 81 points, led by a fourth-place finish from Cian Monaghan in a personal best 15:57.10.
First-year cross country runner and Peninsula's own Hannah Lee picked up her second win of the year in the girl's race, running a personal best time of 18:23 defeating Curtis' Eliza White, who ran a personal best 18:38.70.
Peninsula finished third as a team with 96 points. Reese Morkert of Gig Harbor placed third for the Tide, running a personal best 18:39.90.
WA-Hi's Hartley Picks up First Invite Win at Wenatchee
Not much has changed for Walla Walla's Brody Hartley since his breakout season in track this past spring as he came away with yet another win - this time on the cross country course.
The WA-HI junior ran a 5k personal best time of 15:38 to win the first invitational race of his career at the Wenatchee Invite, defeating Jackson's Sean Bubernak's personal best time of 16:09.
Host Wenatchee won the overall team title defeating Hanford 59-72. Lars Sorom was the Panthers' top runner placing third in a personal best time of 16:16. Hanford's top runner was Ethan Stout placing fifth in a personal best run of 16:18.10.
Central Valley was third with 94 points, led by Ethan Sheneman's seventh-place run of 16:21.
The Wenatchee girls also won the team title in their respective race defeating Central Valley 80-113. Haley Loewen (6th, 19:58) and Amara Barry (8th, 20:01, PR) finished as the top runners for the Panthers.
Central Valley's Nicole Bissell won the individual title in a personal best run of 19:17. A former teammate of Bissell and Ridgeline's own Ruby Bryntesen was second running a personal best 19:26.
Medical Lake's Allison Payne’s 14th place run of 20:26 led the Cardinals to a third-place finish with 128 points.
Kamiak's Arceo Continues to Impress in Senior Season
A week after claiming her third title at the Sehome Invite, Kamiak's Emma Arceo continued her success at the South Whidbey Invite, winning the Division 1 Varsity girls race.
In her first time racing at one of the longest-running invites on the westside, Arceo ran 19:41.80 for the challenging 5k course defeating WESCO opponent Aiden Stratton of Glacier Peak, who ran 19:57.90 for second place.