On Saturday, October 22, the CXC squad competed at the Cascade Conference Championships and came away as dual champions.
The girls were the favorites coming into the meet. It wasn’t long before the girls were in control of the team title. At the end, the team finished with five girls in the top 11 and eight girls in the top 17.
Molly Hammontree and Tasha Hartwig worked well together to round out our scoring five. Miranda Vergillo and Madison Smith also ran outstanding races. Amelia Anderson and Diana Carr were named to the First Team All-Conference squad. Olivia Waterman, Molly, Tasha, Miranda were named to the Second Team All-Conference squad. It is the fourth consecutive year that the CXC girls have won the conference team title.
The boys were also the pre-meet favorites. However, we were running with Dominic Dams, our #4 runner who had been sick the past week. It took a bit longer than the girls, but by halfway through the race, the boys were on their way to the title. At the end, we had four boys in the top eight and six boys in the top 17.
Once again, it was our four (Gage Catherman) and five (Quinn Radbourne) running strong races who led us to victory. Madison Waterman and Colton Green really stepped up to round out our top 7. Logan Orndorf and Mitchell Montgomery were named to the First Team All-Conference squad. Cody Wanichek and Gage were named to the Second Team All-Conference squad. This is the second straight year that the CXC boys have won the conference team title.
This meet was the last for the team as a whole. Only nine in each gender moved onto the Northwest District Championship meet.
Only the top three teams and the top 15 individuals would qualify for the state championship meet. In what was a very nerve wracking day, both squads for Cedarcrest cross country qualified for state. Only the top three teams for each gender qualified for state and the boys ended up 2nd and girls ended up 3rd.
The races were ran at South Whidbey HS for the Northwest District Championships.
In the girls’ race, we knew that our girls would be in a pack between 10th place and 35th place. We knew that Sehome would win it going away. Bellingham and Burlington-Edison would be challenging us for the last two spots. The girls were led by Diana Carr – 10th and Amelia Anderson – 11th. Miranda Vergillo stepped up and ran as our #5 runner. In the team race, us and Burl-Ed were tied through four girls.Miranda beat the B-E girl by two places and that was the difference for the CXC girls qualifying for state. The top teams (out of 14) were Sehome 36, Bellingham 91, Cedarcrest 93 and Burl-Ed 95.
In the boys’ race, we knew that we would have two up front and then our pack in the 20’s-30’s. Mitchell Montgomery – 2nd and Logan Orndorf – 5th did not disappoint up front. After that we were able to push our #3, 4 and 5 across the line pretty well. We thought it would be close, but really felt that our boys had done enough to be third. In the end, we finished a surprising 2nd. The top teams (out of 14) were Sehome 62, Cedarcrest 75, Squalicum 76 and Bellingham 90.
Our athletes of the meet were Mitch, Diana, Miranda and Quinn Radbourne (for another stellar race).
On Saturday, Nov. 5, the CXC squad completed their 2011 season with the state championships at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco.
Going into the meet, we figured that the girls would place somewhere between 6th and 9th out of the 16 teams in the 2A competition. When it was done, the girls finished in 5th place. They were only 7 points from 4th place. Three of the girls finished in the top 50. Olivia Waterman led the team in her first race as our #1 runner. Tasha Hartwig, in her last CXC race, ran her fastest and best race to finish as our #3 runner.
On the boys side, the boys were planning to finish between 4th and 8th. In the final standings, the boys ended up in 7th place. We had tied for 7th but won the tiebreaker by Quinn Radbourne as our #6 runner beating Cheney’s #6. Up front, Mitchell Montgomery and Logan Orndorf both made the podium of top 16. Mitch finished 10th and Logan finished 14th. Congrats to Mitch and Madison Waterman for being on both boys CXC state squads in 2010 and 2011.
Now for some CXC history. This is the first time that two CXC boys have made the podium in the same year. In 2009 Cara Strodel (6th) and Missy Dowd (16th) made the podium on the girls side. This is the fifth consecutive year that the girls squad has qualified for state. During that time, they have finished 7th, 2nd, 3rd, 9th and 5th. The boys have qualified for state for two straight years, finishing 6th and 7th. With 8 of 9 girls and 6 of 9 boys returning next year, hopefully we will be able to add to our CXC history in 2012.