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Cross country: King wins conference race; Oak Harbor girls second, boys fifth
Coupeville's Tyler King captured the Cascade Conference cross country title and the Oak Harbor girls finished second and the boys fifth in the Wesco 3A meet at Lakewood High School Saturday, Oct. 23.
King, the lone Coupeville competitor, won the 5,000 meter 1A boys race in 15:58.6 and qualified for this weekend's tri-district meet at American Lake Golf Course in south Tacoma. A top-25 finish there will earn him another trip to the state meet.
Connor Ballew of Archbishop Murphy finished second to King in 16:17.33.
The Oak Harbor girls finished behind the state's top ranked team, Glacier Peak, in the eight-team 3A meet. The Grizzlies, who are ranked in the top 25 in the country by several publications, were so dominate they captured the top five spots in the race to record a perfect score of 15. Unfortunately for Oak Harbor, the Glacier Peak performance overshadowed an outstanding effort by the Wildcats.
Oak Harbor, ranked eighth in the 3A state poll, was nearly as dominate against the remainder of the field. Take away the Grizzlies and the Wildcats would have recorded nearly a perfect score. Only one non-GP girl finished ahead of the top six Wildcats. Plug Oak Harbor's times in with the 4A meet results run over the same course on the same day, and the 'Cats would have won the big-school meet.
Shorewood, with 100 points, was a distant third behind Glacier Peak (15) and Oak Harbor (51).
Sophomore Christina Wicker led the Wildcat charge by placing sixth in 19:37.84 out of 57 runners. She was followed by Adrianna Royal (ninth, 19:48.81), Abby Leete (11th, 20:08.99), Hannah Bressler (12th, 20:16.4), Allison Duvenez (13th, 20:17.47) and Alexandra Laiblin (14th, 20:21.06).
Glacier Peak's Amy Eloise Neale won the race in 17:49.65, a minute faster than the runner up.
Matt Reith had the best varsity performance for Oak Harbor, finishing fifth out of 67 in the 3A boys race in 16:46.12. Next for Oak Harbor were Caley Powers (21st, 17:50.1), John Kaltenbach (26th, 18:04.49), Joshua Schrum (29th, 18:33.13), Michael Kincy (42nd, 19:01.37) and Wyatt Homola (47th, 19:14.35).
Everett won the boys team title with 47 points; Oak Harbor scored 123. GP's Jeff Bastian won the race in 15:42.84.
Five Oak Harbor girls placed in the top 20 in the 4A/3A JV race out of 97 runners: Taylor VonGrey (second, 21:08.4), Olivia Meyer (fourth, 21:26.57), Heather Dale (sixth, 21:32.61), Carlie Kenny (17th, 22:24.94) and MacKenzie Jackson (20th, 22:39.93).
In the JV boys race of 259 runners, Oak Harbor's Nathan Miller placed 16th in 18:35.56. He was followed by Clayton Richardson (22nd, 18:43.27) and Thomas Honeycutt (27th, 18:51.81).
The Oak Harbor girls (12:10 p.m.) and boys (2 p.m.) run in the 3A district meet Saturday, Oct. 30, at South Whidbey High School. The top three teams and 15 individuals qualify for the state meet.