'Cats open season with strong showing | Cross country

The Oak Harbor boys placed second and the girls fifth in the 30-team Sehome Invitational cross country meet at Bellingham's Civic Stadium Saturday, Sept. 10.

Host Sehome finished first in both races, which featured several of the state's top teams.

The Sehome boys, ranked second in the state in the 2A preseason coaches' poll, earned 53 points; Oak Harbor had 67. The 3A Wildcats finished ahead of two school ranked in the 2A top 10.

In the girls race, the state's top-ranked Mariners had 27 points followed by Interlake (29), sixth-ranked Bellingham (45), 10th-ranked Burlington-Edison (67) and Oak Harbor (76).

The two-mile races were scored differently than most meets. Points were awarded for the top runner from each school in each grade, plus the next two best finishes.

In the senior boys race, Oak Harbor's Matt Reith placed third, 11th overall (10:38.55).

John Rodeheffer grabbed the Wildcats' only race win by taking the freshman boys contest (10:56.69).

Sophomore Caley Powers (11th, 11:40.68) and junior John Kaltenbach (30th, 11:23.53) were the other class leaders.

Among the girls, Christina Wicker was sixth overall and third in the junior race (12:24.39). Freshman Jonalynn Horn (11th, 14:02.03), sophomore Alexandra Laiblin (11th, 13:37.49) and senior Heather Dale (ninth, 13:15.55) led the Wildcats in their classes.

The smallest race (senior girls) featured 59 runners; most had over 90, according to coach Eric Peterson.

Peterson said it was "a great day of racing for our kids" among "tough competition."

Oak Harbor will join Stanwood at Arlington Thursday, Sept. 15, at 3:45 for the first regular meet.

Other Oak Harbor results from the Sehome Invitational:

Senior boys: 15, Josh Schrum, 11:12.35; 56, Chris Opdyke, 12:18.2; 60, Thomas Honeycutt, 12:34.94; 91, Ryuta Meany, 14:01.51.

Senior girls: 16, Taylor VonGrey, 13:55.78; 35, Emily Bain, 15:48.87.

Junior boys: 81, Patrick Meyer, 12:49.37.

Junior girls: 34, Ashley Everett, 14:08.19; 48, Mackenzie Jackson, 14:40.2; 49, Carlie Kenny, 14:42.02; 95, Emily Saar, 18:01.94.

Sophomore boys: 15, Esai Cunningham, 11:43.32; 31, Stephen Miller, 12:03.43; 32, Alexander Krantz, 12:05.24; 39, Clayton Richardson, 12:11.22; 63, Brendan Bristow, 12:52.53.

Sophomore girls: 29, Rachel Crowther, 14:35.68; 52, Nikki Blanchard, 15:34.24; 78, Grace Pauley, 17:37.5.

Freshman boys: 8, Dakota Powers, 11:28.51; 51, Joel Erickson, 12:55.32; 62, Robert Miller-Hubbell, 13:18.65.

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