XC Recap Week 6: Kamiak/Jackson Dual Goes Wire-to-Wire, Hockinson's Peterson Sets Best 5k Mark


Jackson's Brenden Charbeneau and Jordan Hansen got their first test of the season against Kamiak's Carp Mukai in an instant classic race between the WESCO rival schools from an individual and team perspective.


Hockinson's Allyson Peterson is trying to prove she belongs with the greatest in 2A history before her high school career is over with back-to-back conference championship wins.


Week six was another great one, so let's dive right into the best of the best from the past week.


Boys

Performance of the Week: Sunnyside's Reid Weaver

In 2019, Sunnyside's Reid Weaver made his first appearance at the 4A State Cross Country Meet and placed 94th overall, but came away with a new 5k personal best time of 16:36.2.


Something had to have clicked for Weaver after that performance because he's been on a tear of late and is one of the state's top runners.


Weaver set the Sunnyside 5k school record on March 3, running 15:55, a massive improvement from his junior year. But 10 days later, Weaver broke his own school record and ran a 5k time of 15:28, which ranks top five in the state this season.


Since that win on March 3, Weaver has also won three consecutive races and placed third at the prestigious Sunfair Meet.


Race of the Week: Kamiak's Carp Mukai vs. Jackson's Brenden Charbeneau and Jordan Hansen

If anyone were to look at this match-up a year ago way before COVID, many would have Jackson's Brenden Charbeneau taking this race by a long shot.


But the type of offseason training Kamiak's Carp Mukai and Charbeneau's teammate Jordan Hansen has been having, this race might go down as one of the best this season.


Mukai was on the frontend in this 4,000-meter race winning in a personal best time of 12:39 to win his second race of this season, but more importantly, it's probably his most significant win to this point of his career.


Jackson's Charbeneau was second running 12:41, followed by Hansen in third running 12:42.6.


All three of these guys would have been top 10 podium finishers at the 4A State Cross Country Meet, but the debate about where each one would finish could be all over the map.


Team of the Week: North Central Indians

When Jon Knight announced his retirement this past December from coaching the North Central boys after 30 years, the first reaction was, where would this dynasty of a program go from here?


First-year head coach Andrew Kimpel and the Indians have been perfect in their first two races this season, but none more perfect than this past weekend's performance against Cheney and Mt. Spokane.


North Central scored 15 points and had all seven of their varsity runners finish in the top 10 on a very challenging course up in Cheney, with Leif Swanson taking the win in a 5k time of 15:25.