Pasco, WA - For the first time since 1986, the West Valley girls cross country team are taking home the 2018 2A State team title after having finished tied for first with the Bellingham Red Raiders at the Sun Willows Golf Course on November 3.
After scoring both teams top five runners, Bellingham and West Valley ended up with 118 points apiece. To break the tie breaker, the officials would have to score the sixth runner from each team.
West Valley's sixth runner, Emma Garza (21:25.6), would end up placing better then Bellingham's sixth runner, Skye Saling (22:02), therefore the tie goes to West Valley.
Juniors Annika Esvelt (20:08.5) and Sadie Langford (20:16.5) led the Eagles with podium finishes as they placed 15th and 16th.
Also for West Valley placing 23rd and 27th was junior Jenna Engeland (20:39.7) and Allie Andres (20:43.4)
For all the excitement and joy flying through every single individual on the team, it hadn't hit anybody harder than coach John Moir.
Moir felt he was living a dream in reality after knowing his team had won the programs third state title in school history.
"I am still in a little disbelief and it hasn't quite soaked in yet," said Moir. "I haven't started crying yet, but I am going to when we get on the podium."
A quote that was heard by every single runner on the team and began a contagious laugh all around.
Two girls who have helped build this program back up to winning ways are seniors Sydney Stone (21:17.6) and Sarah Adamson (22:21.5).
When Stone was a freshman, she was on a West Valley team which made it to state and thought it was the coolest experience ever.
"To come back four years later with an entire team and win the whole thing, it is unbelievable," Stone said.
Adamson didn't turn out for cross country her freshman year so she didn't get the same experience her teammate got. She in fact played soccer and the following year would turn out for cross country.
"Leaving soccer and coming to cross country, I was kind of scared," Adamson said. "I didn't know if I would be good at it. Making it to state my first year was amazing. Now that we have won, I have no words to describe it."
The 1986 West Valley girls cross country team scored the lowest amount of points ever, at the time, in a state championship meet with 45 points. Amy Duryee and Tonian Kasparian, who happens to be my mom, were the Eagles top finishers for that team placing first and third for the 3 mile course at Fort Worden in Port Townsend.
It has been quite the journey for West Valley dating back to three years ago when the team snuck in unexpectedly to the state meet, and Moir said on a bus ride home to Spokane back in 2015 the following season they would be able to trophy. And t