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NTN Northwest Review 9/16

Week Ending 9/16/06 Northwest Region

by Dave Devine, Northwest NTN Regional Editor



-NW#2 Ferris puts NW#1 Mead on notice at the Highlander Invite, dominating the senior division of the class-divided flight races tri-meet showdown with these two and NW#6 North Central looming 9/20

-NW#4 Flathead and NW#7 Borah continue their winning ways with regional invite victories

-NW#8 Jesuit and NW#9 Kodiak hang 15-point wins on dual meet opponents


1. Mead, WA 

The Mead boys impressed mid-week with a 15-point quad meet victory over Greater Spokane League rivals Gonzaga Prep, Rogers, and East Valley, but then found themselves squarely out-run by NW#2 Ferris at the Highlander Invitational. A flighted meet with teams split according to academic class and runners scored through each team’s top four (instead of five), the Highlander Invite saw the Ferris seniors lay down a dominant performance, dropping 14 points to Mead’s 51. The Panthers’ top gun, Taylor Nepon, did not compete, but is rumored to be on the mend and may toe the line for the big GSL tri-meet showdown with Ferris and North Central, Wednesday 9/20. Mead did pick up the win in the sophomore division, with 31 to Cheney’s 95.

Greater Spokane League Meet

Mead 15, Gonzaga Prep 49; Mead 15, East Valley 50;
Mead 15, Rogers 48;

Mead Boys top 7
1. Dylan Hatcher M 16:08
2. Kelly Lynch M 16:28
3. Kelvin Daratha M 16:30
4. Ryan Bishop M 16:49
5. Jordan Curnutt M 16:55
7. Steven Kutsch M 17:15
9. Thomas Wolfe M 17:21

Highlander Invitational
Shadle Park, Spokane WA
2.5 miles, flighted by grade

Full Results available at www.watfxc.com

Mead Boys Top 7
Dylan Hatcher - 12:40
Kelvin Daratha - 12:50
Kelly Lynch - 13:07
Ryan Bishop - 13:15
Jordan Curnutt - 13:26
Abata - 13:32
Thomas Wolfe - 13:37

Up next: A tri-meet showdown on 9/20 with GSL rivals Ferris and North Central, who also happen to be ranked #2 and #6 in the Northwest, respectively.

2. Joel Ferris, WA

Ferris looked strong at their own Greater Spokane League quad meet with Central Valley, University and Shadle Park, before shifting into a higher gear with the eye-opening run of their seniors at the Highlander Invite. The top duo of David Hickerson and Cam Quackenbush set the tone with a 1-2 finish, and the rest of their teammates followed, going 1-2-5-6-12 in the senior race, scoring 14 to Mead’s 51, and orchestrating a 34 second 1-5 split on the 2.5 mi course. The Saxons also took 2nd in the Junior Division and 1st in the Freshman race.

Greater Spokane League Meet

Ferris 26, Central Valley 33; Ferris 15, University49; Ferris 15, Shadle Park 48

1. David Hickerson F 15:20
2. Tyler Thatcher CV 15:34
3. Sean Coyle CV 15:37
4. Cam Quackenbush F 15:39
5. Jayson Taylor CV 15:53
6. Nick LaPlante F 15:54
7. Pat Maloney F 16:07
8. Steve Olsen F 16:08
9. Peter Miller SP 16:10
10. Jeff Devlin F 16:11

Highlander Invitational
Shadle Park, Spokane WA
2.5 miles, flighted by grade

Full Results available at www.watfxc.com

Ferris Top 7
David Hickerson - 12:28
Cam Quackenbush - 12:36
Steve Olsen - 12:48
Nick LaPlante - 12:50
Pat Maloney - 13:02
Everett - 13:29
Jeff Devlin - 13:33

Up next: A tri-meet showdown on 9/20 with GSL rivals Mead and North Central, who also happen to be ranked #1 and #6 in the Northwest, respectively.

3. Central Catholic, OR

No meet since last report

Up next: Mid-week Mount Hood conference meet vs Barlow and Centennial, as a tune-up for the big Bob Firman Invite in Boise, 9/23

4. Flathead, MT

The Flathead Braves continued their winning ways, recording an 8-point victory over tough in-state rival Bozeman at the Great Falls Invitational. It was the second week in a row Flathead escaped with a narrow victory, but they keep finding a way to win. Normal top-two Grossman and Nystuen ended up 1st and 4th here, with 1:03 separating their 1-5 pack.

Great Falls Invitational
Great Falls MT

1. Flathead, 40; 2. Bozeman 48; 3. Helena, 94; 4. Helena Capital, 119; 5. Billings West, 149; 6. Missoula Sentinel, 196; 7. Missoula Hellgate, 216; 8. CM Russell, 217; 9. Billings Skyview, 230; 10. Great Falls Central, 235; 11. Billings Senior, 257; 12. Great Falls.

Full results available at www.montanacrosscountry.com

Flathead Boys Top 7
1. Seth Grossman, Flathead, 16:26.82
4. Carl Nystuen, Flathead, 16:49.25
7. Seth Svennungsen, Flathead, 17:00.94
12. Justin Barth, Flathead, 17:19.79
16. Alex Surynt, Flathead, 17:29.37
20. Dan Howell, Flathead, 17:40.74; 21
24. Orion Bras, Flathead, 17:48.75; 25

Up Next: Mountain West Invitational, Missoula MT, and another showdown with Bozeman.

5. Seattle Prep, WA

The Panthers had a low-key week with no major invitationals over the weekend. Nonetheless, they put together an impressive Metro League dual meet win at Lower Woodland Park, where they scored a perfect 15 and a tight 25 second 2-5 split behind front-running Max O’Donoghue-McDonald’s 16:02.

Metro League
Lower Woodland Park, WA

Seattle Prep 15, Lakeside 50.

Results courtesy- www.seattletimes.com

Seattle Prep Top 5
1 Max O'donoghue-McDonald, SP, 16:02
2 Ryan Styrk, SP, 16:38
3 Charlie McDonald, SP, 16:53
4 Erik Berg, SP, 17:03
5 Nick Davis, SP, 17:03.

Up Next: Another Metro League meet on 9/20, and then the Stanford CA Invite 9/30

6. North Central, WA

North Central earned a spot in the NW top-10 with a near-upset of NW#4 Flathead at the Flathead Invitational. Last week they returned to Greater Spokane League competition with wins over Mt. Spokane and Lewis & Clark. This week they face their strongest challenge of the season, right in their own backyard. Wednesday brings the GSL tri-meet showdown with NW#1 Mead and NW#2 Ferris, and another chance to show they belong in the top-10.

Greater Spokane League Meet

North Central 18, Mt. Spokane 39; North Central 20,
Lewis & Clark 35; Lewis & Clark 27, Mt. Spokane 30

1. Leon Dean NC 16:18
2. Darrick Thompson LC 16:23
3. Andrew Kimple NC 16:34
4. Steven Hicks NC 16:44
5. Adam Tyler NC 16:45
6. Alan Schroeder MtS 16:52
7. Eric Janson MtS 16:54
8. Dao Crosby LC 16:58
9. Trevin Goodrick MtS 16:59
10. Jeff Howard NC 17:04

Up Next: A league run-in with Mead and Ferris 9/20 and then another shot at Flathead at the Mountain West Invite, 9/23

7. Borah, ID

The Borah boys continued racking up the wins with a strong showing at the small Payette Invitational. They ran minus their normal #3 (out sick), but still threw down 25 points with leadership from their consistent front duo of Huey and Bosch. Their 1-5 split was a looser-than-average 1:34, but that was without their third runner.

Payette River Classic
Emmett, ID

1. Borah 25; 2. Caldwell 89; 3. Centennial 93; 4. Nampa 105, 5. Columbia 107; 6. Timberline 140; 7. Emmet 203; 8. Greenleaf Friends Academy 209; 9. Liberty Charter 227; 10. Idaho City 234; 11. Mountain Home 250.

Results courtesy www.idahoxc.com

1. Sean Huey, Borah 16:31.60
2. Sawyer Bosch, Borah 16:37.69;
3. Kevin Higgs, Nampa 16:45.47;
4. Tyler Curtis, Caldwell 16:52.26;
5. Jared Nielsen, Borah 17:10.12;
6. Matt Robinson, Borah 17:24.13;
7. Matt Hickerson, Centennial 17:40.13;
8. Stephen Lowery, Timberline 17:53.89;
9. Paul Moughamian, Idaho City 17:55.29;
10. Niel Easter, Columbia 17:58.03.

Up Next: Bob Firman Invitational, 9/23

8. Jesuit, OR

Jesuit kept it small and simple this week, recording a 15-point dual meet victory over league opponent Southridge HS. Jesuit’s harriers took the top eight places, squeezing their pack into a narrow compression of 42 seconds 1-8, a mere 22 seconds for their lead five.

Jesuit v. Southridge
Greenway Park, Beaverton OR

Full results available at athletic.net

1 Brian Mannning Jes Jr 16:29.0
2 Sam Larson Jes Sr 16:40.0
3 Peter Maag Jes Jr 16:42.3
4 Tim Kessler Jes Jr 16:50. 2
5 John Carley Jes Sr 16:51.3
6 Lucas Rothenberger Jes Jr 17:01.1
7 Hans Hagmeier Jes Jr 17:08.7
8 Jake Gardner Jes Jr 17:10.9

Up Next: Northwest Classic, Eugene OR, 9/23

9. Kodiak, AK

Northwest rankings rewcomer Kodiak hinted that they may be sticking around with a strong 20-39 dual meet victory in their last home meet of the season before heading to regionals and states in the next two weeks. Racing against South Anchorage, Kodiak soph Trevor Dunbar broke a 6-year old school record for the Ft. Abercrombie State Park 5K course with his 16:05. The rest of the team wasn’t far behind, going 1-3-4-5-7-9-10 for the win.

Kodiak v. South Anchorage Dual Meet
Ft. Abercrombie State Park, AK

Kodiak Top 7
1- Trevor Dunbar 16:05
3- Cory Pena 16:38
4- Miles Dunbar 16:57
5- Lucas Fried 17:07
7- Sam Salus 17:26
9- Benny Garcia 17:33
10- Jordan Foster 18:05

Up Next: Alaska Region III Championship at Nikiski, AK


10. Gig Harbor, WA

The Gig Harbor boys joined their female Tide teammates in the NW Top 10 this week, after a strong showing at the Capital Invite. They followed that up with a convincing win at the Salt Creek Invite, dropping a 1:02 split for 1-6. Gig Harbor ace Charlie Williams dogged Nathan Hale’s Abdi Hassan to the line for second in 14:34. Early leader Miles Unterreiner was eaten by the pack, but rallied for 4th in 14:47.

Salt Creek Invitational
Port Angeles, WA

Full results available at www.watfxc.com

Boys Team Top 5

1. Gig Harbor 45
2. Juanita 122
3. Lake Stevens 149
4. North Kitsap 178
5. Newport 198

Gig Harbor Boys Top 6
(2) Williams, Charlie 12 - GIG 14:34.00
(4) Unterreiner, Miles 11 - GIG 14:48.00
(8) Polley, Shane 11 - GIG 15:18.00
(14) Peloquin, Connor 9 - GIG 15:29.00
(17) Nielsen, Karl 10 - GIG 15:35.00
(18) Adgar-Beal, Chris 10 - GIG 15:36.00

Up Next: Bob Firman Invitational 9/23


-Low-key league win for new NW#1 Jesuit, while former #1 Gig Harbor wins the Salt Creek Invite

-NW#3 Billings Senior bounces back with a win at Great Falls

-NW#9 Siuslaw hits the ground running with 2 invite wins in 1 week.


1. Jesuit, OR

After upsetting the pre-season form charts with a dominating performance over Gig Harbor at the Capital Invite last week, the Crusaders laid low this week, taking on league rival Southridge in a small dual meet. The girls from Jesuit left no question about their strength this season, sweeping the top five places and sticking all five at 20 minutes or below for 5k. The split from runner #1 Katie Sullivan (19:32.03) to #5 Teresa Makowski (20:00.0) was a clutch 28 seconds. That’s why they’re number 1.

Jesuit v. Southridge
Greenway Park, Beaverton, OR

Full results available at athletic.net

1. Katie Sullivan Jes Sr. 19:32.03
2. Adrienne McGuirk Jes Jr 19:32.3
3. Noelle VanRysselberghe Jes So. 19:45.0
4. Lauren Tehan Jes Jr. 19:56.0
5. Teresa Makowski Jes Jr. 20:00.0
7. Elizabeth Murphy Jes Jr. 20:17.0
8. Claire Hagler Jes So. 20:18.0

Up Next: Northwest Classic, Eugene OR, 9/23, and a run-in with NW#9 Siuslaw

2. Gig Harbor, WA

Despite slipping a spot in the rankings, the Gig Harbor girls returned to form with a confidence-building win at the Salt Creek Invite. They stacked the top three with Tide jerseys, with Kesslee Payne (17:26), Amanda Andrews (17:48) and Anna Kalbrener (17:49) showing the Gig Harbor strength up front. After that trio, however, Gig continues to seek the elusive tight pack that propels teams to the highest level. Their 1:43 gap from 1-5 was more than sufficient here, but will be tested at the Bob Firman Invite.

Salt Creek Invitational
Port Angeles, WA

Full results available at www.watfxc.com

1. Gig Harbor 35
2. Bellingham 107
3. Bellevue 132
4. North Kitsap 148
5. Newport 165

Gig Harbor Top 7

(1) Payne, Kesslee 12 - GIG 17:25:00
(2) Andrews, Amanda 12 - GIG 17:48:00
(3) Kalbrener, Anna 11 - GIG 17:49:00
(7) Sipes, Christy 9 - GIG 18:33:00
(22) Seibert, Rachel 10 - GIG 19:08:00
(25) *Collen, Jenny 10 - GIG 19:11:00
(62) *Saxon, Cara 9 - GIG 20:20:00

Up Next: Bob Firman Invitational, 9/23

3. Billings Senior, MT

Bouncing back from their defeat at the hands of a tough Campbell County WY squad, the girls from Billings Senior showed themselves the class of Montana with a win at the Flathead Invite against the top teams in the state. Bridgette Hoenke (3rd- 19:35.74) led the way, before close pairings at 10 and 12 and 17-18—in the span of 25 seconds—closed the deal for the Broncs.

Great Falls Invitational
Great Fall MT

Full results available at www.montanacrosscountry.com

1. Billings Senior 60; 2. Billings West 87; 3. Bozeman 92; 4. Flathead 114; 5. Butte 137; 6. Helena Capital 143; 7. Great Falls CMR 205; 8. Missoula Hellgate 224; 9. Billings Skyview 226; 10. Helena 234; 11. Great Falls 263; Missoula Sentinal 266.

Billings Senior Top 7
3. Bridgette Hoenke, Senior, 19:35.74
10. Auriele Fain, Senior, 20:12.82
12. Alexa Aragon, Senior, 20:18.63
17. Cara Lehman, Senior, 20:34.25
18. Auralea Fain, Senior, 20:37.08
22. Libby Tollefson, Senior, 20:54.80
35. Phoebe Tollefson, Senior, 21:42.33

Up Next: Mountain West Classic versus NW#8 Mount Spokane – 9/23

4. Anchorage West, AK

Anchorage West stormed the rankings last week, with a narrow upset of West Valley at the Dimond/Lynx Invite. This week they apparently kept a low profile (with no reported results) in anticipation of a Regional qualifier this weekend, and then another collision with West Valley at the Alaska State Meet September 30th.

Up Next: Regional Meet this week, and the Alaska 4A State Meet 9/30

5. West Valley, AK

West Valley took a tumble last week after they were defeated by not one, but two Alaska teams at the same meet. Questions remain, however, because Crystal Pitney, West’s top runner, was unable to complete the Dimond/Lynx race after running with the lead pack for much of the competition. The Wolfpack will look to answer those questions, and to even the score, at their Regional and State meets in the next two weeks.

Up Next: Regional Meet this week, and the Alaska 4A State Meet 9/30

6. Boise, ID

The Boise girls keep reeling off the wins. Despite having regular #5 runner Fiona Wilhelm hampered by a lingering strep throat, they still took the title at the annual Tiger/Grizz Invitational, scoring 34 to Bear Lake’s 49. Their lead trio of Olson, Lovelace, and Salberg laid the groundwork, going 1-2-3 and setting the stage for the strong regional win. With Wilhelm ailing and buried in the field, the Braves had to reach back to frosh Katie Lovelace in 24th (scored as 22nd) for their fifth, a depth issue which could haunt them in larger meets like Bob Firman, where they’ll toe the line next Saturday.

Tiger/Grizz Invitational
Idaho Falls, ID

Full results available at www.boisexc.org

Top 3 Teams
1 Boise 34 1 2 3 6 22 26 38
Total Time: 1:43:11.00
Average: 20:38.20
2 Bear Lake 49 4 7 10 11 17 74 87
Total Time: 1:45:16.00
Average: 21:03.20
3 Twin Falls 111 13 19 21 24 34 52 92
Total Time: 1:49:57.00
Average: 21:59.40

Boise Top 7
1 Olson, Sarah Boise 19:49
2 Lovelace, Anne Boise 20:13
3 Sahlberg, Jacque Boise 20:24
6 McGourty, Rebekah Boise 20:46
24 Lovelace, Katie Boise 21:59
29 Wilhelm, Fiona Boise 22:20
43 Mering, Ellen Boise 22:53

Up Next: Bob Firman Invite, 9/23

7. Juneau-Douglas, AK

Juneau-Douglas became the third Alaska school in the girl’s NW Top 10 when they slipped past Fairbanks power West Valley on a sixth runner tie-breaker at the Dimond/Lynx Invite last week. Proving that performance (and their ranking) was no fluke, they took the title at the Jack Eddy Classic in Petersburg AK this past weekend. Relying on a drum-tight trio of runners separated by less than two seconds, they easily held off Sitka and stamped themselves as a third team to watch heading into the Alaska State meet on 9/30.

Jack Eddy Classic
Petersburg AK

Juneau-Douglas 45
Sitka 70
Mount Edgecumbe 78
Petersburg 91
Skagway 100
Yakutat 109
Juneau-Douglas Top 7

Results courtesy of www.JuneauEmpire.com

8. Alison deLaBruere, JDHS 22:18.83
9. Elisha Thibodeau, JDHS 22:19:39
10. Mary Gianotti, JDHS 22:20.00
21. Wendy Byrnes, JDHS 23:13.85
23. Katie Poor, JDHS 23:20.62
35. Rachel Tarver, JDHS 24:48.34
39. Gabrielle Vance, JDHS 25:25.19

Up Next: Regional Meet this week, and the Alaska 4A State Meet 9/30

8. Mt. Spokane, WA

In their first real outing of the season (team time trial aside), Mount Spokane had to take on a North Central team hot off a win at the Silverwood Coaster Classic. Mt. Spokane responded to the league meet challenge with a 1-2-5 finish that effectively ended the hopes of the upset-minded North Central runners. Then it was on to the Highlander Invite, where they apparently held out most of their top runners and placed 4th in the Combined Girls race.

GSL League Meet
v. North Central and Lewis & Clark

3 Miles Varsity

Mt. Spokane Top 6
1 Jessica Klier 19:36 Sr
2 Courtney Zalud 19:39 So
5 Amy Pomante 20:06 Jr
11 Becca Craig 21:24 Jr
15 Stephanie Inouye 21:52 So
Kayce Smith 22:00 So

Up Next: GSL League Meet w/ University and Rogers, followed by Mountain West Classic versus NW#3 Billings Senior – 9/23

9. Siuslaw, OR 

After a low key opening at the Road, Lake and Dune Run on 9/9, Siuslaw came out in style (if not full force) at the North Bend Invitational on 9/12. There, still holding out one runner, they went 2-3-4-5-8-9 to secure an easy mid-week win. Over the weekend they further staked their claim as one of the top teams in the Northwest with a second win, this time at the Molalla Invitational. At Molalla they inserted Sierra Lee, their number 1 runner, who led the team to a 4-5-7-11-12-14 showing, and a 1:12 split for 1-6.

All results www.athletic.net

North Bend Invitational
North Bend OR

5,000 Meters Varsity and JV

Siuslaw Top 9
2 Leah Twombly 19:57 Sr
3 Kaylee Gruber 20:28 Sr
4 Sierra Lee 20:29 Sr
5 Jennifer Hague 20:51 Jr
8 Samantha Pummer 21:31 Fr
9 Clarita Twombly 21:33 Fr
36 Kaitlin Shepherd 25:37 So
48 Jamaica Sweet 27:04 Sr
57 Cortney Cole 29:20 Fr

Molalla Invitational
Molalla OR

5,000 Meters Varsity

Siuslaw Top 6
4 Sierra Lee 19:58 Sr
5 Leah Twombly 19:59 Sr
7 Kaylee Gruber 20:18 Sr
11 Jennifer Hague 20:56 Jr
12 Clarita Twombly 21:08 Fr
14 Samantha Pummer 21:10 Fr

Up Next: Northwest Classic, Eugene OR versus NW#1 Jesuit – 9/23

10. Thomas Jefferson, OR 

With the Woodbridge Invitational looming, Thomas Jefferson ran only a partial squad consisting of JV runners at a dual meet 9/13 versus Auburn Riverside. According to DyestatCal, at Woodbridge, the massive invitational in California, “Thomas Jefferson of Washington, ranked 10th in the NTN Northwest Region, split up its team members across various races and placed 13th overall by team time.” Compiled individual results for TJ were not available.

Woodbridge Overall Team Meet Results -Girls

Place Team Time
1 Saugus 1:27:09
2 Buchanan 1:28:48
3 Fountain Valley 1:28:59
4 AYALA 1:29:50

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