Cedarcrest XC teams compete at district championships

  • Written by Bruce McDowell

Saturday, November 2, the Cedarcrest cross country team competed at the District 1/2 championships held at Lakewood High School. 

On the line were team and individual berths to next Saturday’s state meet. For those who were not in the Puget Sound area on Saturday, let me tell you it was a crazy weather day.  For the girls’ race, it was cold and very very windy.

By the time the boys got to racing, it was not only very windy but now it was raining very hard and that made the cold worse.

These were not exactly ideal conditions, to say the least.  Of course, the weather was the same for everyone, so at some point it is all about head to head racing.

For the girls, the top three teams and top 15 individuals qualified for Pasco. Unfortunately, Cedarcrest was unable to continue their six-year streak of sending a girls’ team to state. 

The girls finished fourth, only 7 points behind the third place team.  The CHS girls certainly ran a good race, but just ran into some better teams. 

However, it wasn’t all bad news for the girls as they were able to qualify two individuals for state:  Olivia Waterman finished 6th and Amelia Anderson finished 11th to move onto Pasco.  Both girls ran very well to get into the top 15. 

For the boys, the top four teams and top 20 individuals qualified for Pasco.  The boys were able to pull it out with a group effort. The boys’ team finished fourth, only 11 points ahead of fifth place. Three boys would have qualified for state regardless of the team place by placing in the top 20.

Logan Orndorf finished 5th, Quinn Radbourne finished 15th and Jonathan Gundeson finished 18th.

At this point of the season, it gets a little ridiculous to designate Athletes of the Meet since so many squad members are competing so well. 

Going into the boys’ race, whether the boys team was going to qualify was going to depend upon two runners: Colton Green and Ian Fay, our number 4 and 5 runners.  That is a lot of pressure (which is probably why I didn’t tell them that it was going to come down to them) to put on two boys (including one a freshman).

Ian ran a solid race and didn’t falter in that last mile like many young runners. Colton

Full meet results are at

Now we move onto the state meet which will be held at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco.  The girls’ race is at 11:00.  The boys race at 1:30.

If you don’t want to wait for my results email, you can follow my twitter account at @CXC_CHSTF or at the state site

I will finish off with some state "fun facts."

• With Olivia and Amelia qualifying for the state meet, it is now 14 years out of the past 15 years, that at least one CXC girl has qualified for the state meet.  Our only missing year was 2003. 

• Olivia and Amelia will become the 4th and 5th CXC girls to compete at the state meet for all four years. 

• Kelly Ramirez, Cara Strodel and Jessica Beam were the first three. 

•On the other hand, Logan will become the first CXC boy to compete at state for all four years —  fact that he can remind James Conrick about when they see each other.

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