Oak Harbor takes part in massive Nike meet / Cross country

The Oak Harbor cross country team was among the 78 high schools that competed at the 13th annual Nike Twilight XC Invitational hosted by Marysville Getchell Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Cedarcrest Golf Course.

The meet included 2,349 runners spread over 10 divisions.

The Oak Harbor boys took 17th out of 35 teams in the varsity 3A/4A race with 446 points. Jesuit High School from Portland took the title with 33.

The Wildcat girls were 19th out of 31 with 519 points. Jesuit also won the girls race, tallying 28 points.

The Oak Harbor boys were guided by Dallas Riddle-Stevens, who took 17th out of 242 in 16:10.77 on the 5,000-meter course. Cooper Billiter was 35th (16:39.6), Ryan Metz 109th (17:43.16), Jacob Pearson 116th (17:47.69), Ralph Ramier 175th (18:30.95), Anthony Herrera 180th (18:34.43) and Brandon Parham 193rd (18:47.83).

Inglemoor’s Cooper Laird won in 15:30.72.

Adrienne Root led the Wildcat girls by placing 36th out of 214 in 19:51.2. She was followed by Evelyn Osburn (68th, 20:37.7), Natalie French (123rd, 21:44), Courtney VanGiesen (158th, 22:29.8), Alexis Kunze (170th, 22:40.5) and Sonja Wichmann (185th, 23:24.6).

King’s Naomi Smith, the defending state 1A champion, moved up to the upper school division and won in 17:21.7.

Oak Harbor wraps up the regular season at the Bill Kehoe South Sound Invitational at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at St. Martin’s University in Lacey.