XC Recap Week 5: Arlington Boy's Show They're No. 1, Roosevelt's Archer Runs Fastest 5k of Season

Updated: Mar 16

With no state meet this season, the Arlington boys are out to prove they belong at the top of the cross country mountain in Washington and did so in their season debut.

Get to know Roosevelt's Claire Archer, the fastest girl in Washington to this point of the season.

Here is the week 5 recap of top individual and team performances from around the state this past week in high school cross country.


Performance of the Week: Cashmere's Rob McManus

One week after his season debut, Cashmere's Rob McManus picked up his second win of the season over four-year 1A rival Landon Davies of Cascade Leavenworth.

The two have had great races in the past in cross country and track, but this might have been the most impressive outing of them all by McManus as he ran a personal best time of 12:50.7 for the 4,000-meter race.

McManus is the only athlete this year that has broken 13 minutes for this distance, and even though he runs for a 1A school, he is among the top runners for all classifications.

Race of the Week: Jackson's Brenden Charbeneau and Jordan Hansen

When you talk about really talented dynamic duo runners Washington has this season, Jackson's Brenden Charbeneau and Jordan Hansen belong in that conversation.

In their season debut versus Lynnwood, Charbeneau and Hansen finished first and second in the 4,000-meter race running 13:31.5 and 13:31.9 to lead the Timberwolves to a 35 points win over the Royals 15-50.

The two athletes who are so similar in training, work ethic, and could finish 1-2 at the state meet are Charbeneau and Hansen, and it showed when they finished four-tenths of a second from each other.

Team of the Week: Arlington Eagles

The Arlington Eagles made their debut this weekend versus Marysville-Pilchuck scoring a perfect 15 points and had all eight of their varsity runners finish in front of the Tomahawk's varsity No. 1.

Four of the five returning 2019 state participants went first through fourth, led by Vincent Loftis, who ran a three-mile personal best time of 14:50 to win his first race of 2021.

Isaiah Lowry was second running 15:22, Quincy Fankhauser was third running 15:37, and Brandon Moore was fourth running 16:18.

With no Aiden Emerson racing, Kiyoshi Hall was the Eagles fifth runner finishing in a time of 17:02.

Meet of the Week: Onalaska Loggers vs. Rainier Mountaineers

With four schools competing in team scoring, this meet at Morton White Pass had scoring that was all over the place, especially between Onalaska and Rainier.

Rainier's Ryan Doidge and Dylan Davis finished second and third running 18:26.25 and 18:40.72, followed by Onalaska's Lethon Fitch in fourth running 19:21.95.

Then it was every other runner for Onalaska to round out the top 10 with Trevor Blair (19:28.83) placing sixth, Jacob Russon (19:57.66) placing eighth, and Devon Wright (20:17.97) placing 10th.

The Loggers would take soul control over scoring when their fifth through seventh