Cedarcrest cross country runners do well at State

  • Written by Bruce McDowell, Coach

Saturday, the CXC squad competed at the WIAA State Championship meet. The meet was held at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco where it has been held for 20+ years. Besides the fact that it is the state meet, it is a big day of racing as all five classification races are held for both genders. For those who don’t pay attention to such things, Cedarcrest is a 2A school which is the middle classification for this meet.

From last week’s district meet, we qualified three girls into the state race. Alicia Krivanek and Lily Krueger were both racing in their 2nd State meet. Elsie Dombek (being a freshman) was in her first State meet.

In a field of 158 runners, Alicia finished as our highest placer by getting 23rd. A good day for Alicia against some top-notch competition. Lily Krueger (36th) and Elsie Dombek (37th) also had good days of racing.  For Elsie, she was the 4th fastest freshman in this race. Without having the team along, it was great to see the three girls put together three good individual performances.

There was a bit of expectations with the boys squad for Saturday’s race. The boys have been ranked 2nd in the state all year. We knew coming into the meet that we had a shot to match that 2nd place ranking but we had to deliver on this day.

We were fortunate enough to have the boys come through with the team performance that we needed.  Grant Van Valkenburg (5th) and Ian Fay (9th) both made the individual podium placings.
For those history buffs, this is the second time that the CXC boys have put two on the podium in the same year. In 2011, Mitchell Montgomery (10th) and Logan Orndorf (14th) were podium placers. Ben Benson (27th) ran a super race to get into the top 30.

Rounding out our scoring five were Chase Bolin (76th) and Emmett Klaiber (85th).  Ryan LaTurner (96th) and Daniel Murphy (107th) were our final two racers on the day. There were  some nervous moments afterwards, but eventually we received word that the boys had earned the 2nd place trophy. That makes the highest placing by a boys squad at state, besting the 3rd place trophy from 2013.

It was a good day for CXC.  Good performances all the way around. Our three state meet seniors (Lily, Ian and Chase) ran solidly. We hope that we can bring back the nine non-seniors next year with some other CXCers in tow.

Full meet results can be found at the following link.

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