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NTN Northwest Review 9/9/06

Wildfires, West Anchorage and Washington Flight Meets

Week ending 9/9/06

by Dave Devine, NTN Northwest regional editor



Boys - Girls



- NW#3 Central Catholic cruises to a win in a rust-buster at Wilsonville
- NW#4 Flathead is pushed hard by North Central WA at their home invitational
- NW#5 Seattle Prep impressive at the Edmonds Invite


Ranked Teams:

1. Mead, WA -

Have not yet raced

Up next: A mind-blowing league tri-meet against NW#2 Ferris and unranked North Central, who took NW#4 Flathead to the wire in Montana – 9/20 in Spokane, WA


2. Joel Ferris, WA –

Have not yet raced

Up next: A mind-blowing league tri-meet against NW#1 Mead and unranked North Central, who took NW#4 Flathead to the wire in Montana – 9/20 in Spokane, WA


3. Central Catholic, OR –

The Rams ran the Mount Hood Conference Relays on Wednesday 9/6, spreading their top runners through three different 4-man relay squads. On a low-key day, a game David Douglas HS squad came out on top, but Central Catholic was clearly looking forward to the Wilsonville Invite on Saturday. There, the Portland squad won handily, placing six in the top 10 and scoring 21 points to an under-manned Lincoln’s 54. On a course comprised of flat athletic fields and rolling, narrow trails, the Rams put up an impressive 37 second compression from 1 to 6. Projected front runners Luke Wiltshire, Sam Wotipka and Musa Ahmed sat out with minor illness or injury.

Wilsonville Invitational,
Wilsonville Memorial Park
Full results at oregonxc.com
Boys Large School Results:
Central Catholic 21, Lincoln 54, Marist 117, Newburg 121, Wilsonville 179

Central Catholic Boys
1) Morgan Taylor 16:46.3
2) Samot Turina 16:58.6
4) Kevin O’Malley 17:08.8
6) Joel Turkheimer 17:14.1
8) Nick Turner 17:22.1
9) Zach Marx 17:24.8
12) Taylor Bergmann 17:46.0

Up next: A Mount Hood Conference meet on Wed 9/20, and then a big race at Bob Firman Invite on Sat 9/23.


4. Flathead, MT –

The Flathead boys defended—barely—their home turf against yet another strong team from Spokane, WA. This one, the North Central Indians from Washington’s 3A classification, nearly knocked off the Braves at their own invitational and succeeded in toppling NW#9 Big Sky’s team. Flathead’s top two of Seth Grossman (3rd- 16:31) and Carl Nystuen (4th - 16:40) made the difference, fronting a pair of North Central harriers only steps behind. North Central then put two more ahead of Flathead’s third, before a trio Braves sealed the win for the home team. Only 35 seconds between 1 and 5 here, but the gap from 2 to 3 almost doomed Flathead.

Flathead Invitational - 9/9/06

Flathead 55, North Central (Spokane) 61, Missoula Big Sky 120, Browning 170, Dillon 173, Missoula Sentinel 232, Missoula Hellgate 277, C.M. Russell 286, Whitefish 296, Hamilton 316, Polson 316, Missoula Loyola 336, Great Falls Central 350, Columbia Falls 384, Cut Bank 403, Thompson Falls 410, Ronan 418, Great Falls High 420, Libby 468, Butte 542, Corvallis 564, Centerville 674.

Top 20
Lynn Reynolds, Dillon 16:05
Hunter Nelson, Big Sky 16:16
Seth Grossman, Flathead 16:31
Carl Nystuen, Flathead 16:40

Adam Tyler, North Central 16:41
Leon Dean, North Central 16:43
Jake Roske, Hellgate 16:44
Logan Torgison, Polson 16:47
Ian Mallams, Whitefish 16:48
Steve Hicks, North Central 16:52
Terren Guardipee, Great Falls Central 16:57
Andrew Kimpel, North Central 16:59
Ben Jacobsen, Cut Bank 17:02
Shane Donaldson, Thompson Falls 17:03
Seth Svennungsen, Flathead 17:05
Alec Surynt, Flathead 17:06
Justin Barth, Flathead 17:06
Robert Brooks, Sentinel 17:09
Kyle Anderson, Big Sky 17:13
Eric Larson, Big Sky 17:18

Up next: The Great Falls Invitational against a tough Bozeman squad.


5. Seattle Prep, WA –

The Seattle Prep boys were a late entry into the Edmonds Invite, a flighted race with teams split across fields designated for #1, #2/3, #4/5, and #6/7 runners. The meet winner is determined by adding up the combined times of each team’s top five. The Panthers had what Coach John Robertson called “a great day. [We] ran about as well as we could have, winning all the flights but one.” They expected stiffer competition from NW#6 Lake Stevens, but Lake Stevens’ distance ace, junior Joey Bywater, did not race. Seattle Prep’s stud, senior Max O'Donoghue-McDonald was in the mix however, and pulled away smoothly to win the #1s race. SP’s second and third men placed 3rd and 7th in their flight, but the rest of the team nailed the team win, going 1-2 in the remaining two flights. SP’s combined time was a 56:39, nearly a minute clear of their closest competitors. For comparison sake, the 2004 edition of this race was won by an Eisenhower (Yakima) squad that ran a time of 56:16. That team went on to a 9th place finish at the inaugural NTN meet.

42nd Edmonds Invite - 9/9/2006

2.215 Miles Cool, light rain

full results at www.watfxc.com

Boys Team Results (sum of top five times)

1) Seattle Prep 56:39

2) Kentwood 57:31

3) Walla Walla 58:31

4) Everett 58:51

5) Edmonds Woodway 58:54

6) Kamiak 59:02

7) Lake Stevens 59:15

Boys 3572 Meter Run CC Race 8 #1
Comp# Name School Time
1 139 Max O'Donoghue-McDonald Sr Seattle Preparatory 10:37
2 127 Axel Stanovsky Sr Everett 10:44
3 129 Michael Chinchar Sr Kentwood 10:45
4 126 Yonaton Yilma Jr Edmonds-Woodway 10:53
5 138 Bowe Ebding Sr Walla Walla 10:54

Boys 3572 Meter Run CC Race 6 #2,3
Comp# Name School Time
1 229 Eric Brill Sr Kentwood 11:10
2 228 Jonathan Cooper Jr Kamiak 11:12
3 339 Ryan Styrk Sr Seattle Preparatory 11:13
4 325 Shane Moskowitz Fr Central Kitsap 11:17
5 330 Kyle Vinny VanSanten Jr Lake Stevens 11:17
6 327 Logan Ordona Sr Everett 11:27
7 239 Dave Bannick Jr Seattle Preparatory 11:28

Boys 3572 Meter Run CC Race 4 #4,5
Comp# Name School Time
1 439 Nate Bannick Jr Seattle Preparatory 11:40
2 539 Mateusz Krupa Sr Seattle Preparatory 11:41

Boys 3572 Meter Run CC Race 2 #6,7
Comp# Name School Time
1 639 Nick Davis Sr Seattle Preparatory 11:41
2 739 Charlie McDonald So Seattle Preparatory 11:45

Up next: Two league meets and then the Stanford Invitational on Sat 9/30


6. Lake Stevens, WA –

Lake Stevens competed at the Edmonds Invite against NW#5 Seattle Prep, but did so without their #1 runner, 9:04 2-miler Joey Bywater (achilles injury). Apparently missing their #3 as well, the Vikings came home a disappointing seventh in the overall team standings, almost two and a half minutes behind SP.

#1 Race
11 130 Josiah Cheslik Sr Lake Stevens 12:04

#2,3 Race
5 330 Kyle Vinny VanSanten Jr Lake Stevens 11:17

#4,5 Race
4 530 Stephen Marti Sr Lake Stevens 11:46
13 430 Scott Larson So Lake Stevens 12:04

#6,7 Race
3 630 Kyle Larson Sr Lake Stevens 12:04
4 730 Drew Larson So Lake Stevens 12:07
Up next: Regroup and hope to get front-runner Bywater healthy for the late season meets.


7. Jesuit, OR –

On Thursday 9/7, a portion of the huge Jesuit team ran at the Canby Invitational, and lost to host Canby High School. The Crusaders, however, held out their top five in anticipation of the Capital Invitational in Olympia, Washington. Another flighted competition, this one divides teams up by class year, and runs sections for freshman through seniors. There is no scoring, making team comparisons on the 2.33 mile course difficult. Junior Brian Manning led the way for Jesuit, with a 12:02, followed by senior Sam Larson (12:24) and jr Peter Maag (12:27). Combining the Junior and Senior races, the Crusaders had a 1-5 split of only 30 seconds, with only another 4 sec back to #6. Their combined time for runners 1 through 5 was 61:55, which left them 34 seconds slower than the unranked but clearly powerful Gig Harbor boys.

Capital Invitational, Olympia, WA – 9/9/06

Flighted races by class – full results available at www.watfxc.com

Jesuit Seniors

5) Sam Larson 12:24.65

11) John Carley 12:36.76

Jesuit Juniors

2) Brian Manning 12:02.82

4) Peter Maag 12:27.28

6) Lucas Rothenbrgr 12:30.86

9) Jake Gardner 12:32.59

11) Tim Kessler 12:46.73

Up next: A league meet on Wed 9/13, and then the Northwest Classic on Sat 9/23


8. Borah, ID –

At the Silverwood Coaster Classic—a cross country meet run at an amusement park—the Borah boys defended their NW#8 ranking by turning back a strong Lake City squad, 39 to 74. The Lions continue to rely on their solid 1-2 punch of Sawyer Bosch and Sean Huey, who placed 2nd and 3rd at Silverwood, and led a contingent of 5 Borah runners into the top 13. Their 1-5 split was just over a minute on the 3.1 mile course.
Silverwood Coaster Classic, Athol, ID – 9/9/06
Results from www.rockymountaintrack.com

Boys team scores -- 1, Borah, 39. 2, Lake City, 74. 3, Lakeside, 124. 4, Shadle Park, 151. 5, Sandpoint , 190. 6, Medical Lake, 200. 7, Capital, 207. 8, Centennial, 240. 9, Timberlake, 260. 10, Frenchtown, 278. 11, Chewelah, 287. 12, Cd'A Charter, 311. 13, Lakeland, 382. 14, Bonners Ferry, 392. 15, Priest River, 518.

Boys Top 20 -- 1, Frank Lagrimanta, Timberlake, 15:43. 2, Sawyer Bosch, Bor, 15:46. 3, Sean Huey, Bor,15:53. 4, David Jacob, ML, 16:19. 5, Peter Miller, SP, 16:33. 6, C.J. Helbling, LC,16:36. 7, Logan Frederickson, LC, 16:36. 8, Jared Nielson, Bor, 16:38. 9, Steven McConnlin, R,16:39. 10, Max Reeder, LS, 16:43. 11, Ryan Saunders, Cap, 16:45. 12, Matt Robinson, Bor, 16:47. 13, J.J. Nordberg, Bor, 16:48. 14, Nic Cotton, LC,16:50. 15, Sam Hoggatt, LC, 16:50. 16, Kyle Johnson, LS, 17:03. 17, Tim Welch, LS, 17:11. 18, David Householter, Spt, 17:17. 19, Matt Hickerson, Cen, 17:24. 20, John Coyle, LC, 17:25. 20,

Up next: The Payette River Classic in Emmett, ID – 9/15/06


9. Big Sky, MT –

The Big Sky Eagles ran into an ambush in Kalispell, MT. They no doubt anticipated a strong race from NW#4 Flathead, but they were also handily beaten by unranked North Central, traveling over from Spokane, WA. Their #1, Hunter Nelson, waged a battle up front with Lynn Reynolds of Dillon, but they went all the way back to 19th (and almost a minute later) for their second and third runners.

Flathead 55, North Central (Spokane) 61, Missoula Big Sky

Top 25
2) Hunter Nelson, Big Sky 16:16
19) Kyle Anderson, Big Sky 17:13
20) Eric Larson, Big Sky 17:18

Up next: Spokane Highlander Meet, Spokane, WA on 9/16


10. Hermiston, OR –

The Hermiston Bulldogs, hosting their own invitational, were nearly another victim of a Washington team traveling out of state. The Richland Bombers tied Hermiston through the first five runners, and only a gutsy run by Hermiston’s sixth man (John Larson) saved the day. Richland placed three runners ahead of Hermiston’s top two, including race winner Tyler Noland (16:33).

Hermiston Herald Invitational – 9/8/06

results courtesy of the Tri-City Herald www.sportstricities.com/sportstc/preps/crosscountry
Team scores--Hermiston 60, Richland 60 (Hermiston wins on tiebreaker), Kamiakin 63, Southridge 133, Moscow 139, West Valley 156, Pasco 232, Walla Walla 259, Lewiston 274, Connell 277, Ki-Be 287, Baker 300, Pendleton 312, Umatilla 319, LaGrande 335.
Top 10--1, Tyler Noland (Rich) 16:33; 2, Jake Griffiths (Kam) 17:15; 3, Ben Fussner (Rich) 17:15; 4, Brad Young (Kam) 17:27; 5, Caleb Parker (Rich) 17:28; 6, Andrew Gonzalez (SR) 17:31; 7, Jordan Ringe (Herm) 17:40; 8, John Ngo (Herm) 17:47; 9, Cameron Robertson (KB) 17:53; 10, Terry Johnson (U) 17:57.

Hermiston--12, Kirsee Lind 18:03; 16, Krieg Mueller 18:13; 17, Neal Lloyd 18:15; 31, John Larson 18:42.

Up next: Hood River Invite, Hood River, OR – 9/16


Squads on the Rise – North Central WA, Kodiak AK, Gig Harbor WA, Crater OR, Mountain View ID

Other Regional Action:

- Kodiak Alaska boys win the massive Adidas/Lynx Invitational in Anchorage with 47 points. Led by their 1-2 tandem of Trevor Dunbar (1st- 15:58) and Cory Pena (2nd- 16:10). Full results at http://www.lynxxc.org/race_results.htm

- Sehome beat Burlington-Edison in a battle of regional risers 30-32, but then found themselves upended by Bishop Blanchet at the Bellarmine Invite, 79-91. Results at www.watfxc.com

- The Crater OR boys, led by a blistering run from senior Jake Keyser (15:45.0 for 5th all-time on that course) turn back strong teams from Oregon and California at the Yreka Elks Invite in Yreka, CA. Guys ahead of Keyser on that list? Only Lauren Jesperson, Isaac Stoutenburgh, Ian Dobson and Tim Nelson. Results: www.oregonxc.com

- Mountain View, ID tops all teams at the Cardinal Classic in southeastern Idaho with a 39 second spread and 5 in the top 11. Results: www.rockymountaintrack.com



- NW#2 West Valley AK defeated in Anchorage after their top runner collapses mid-race
- Capital Invite shows NW#1 Gig Harbor and NW#3 Jesuit to be very close
- NW#4 Billings Senior and NW#10 Borah lose to unranked teams at separate invites


Ranked Teams

1. Gig Harbor, WA –

The girls from Gig Harbor met the NW#3 Jesuit Crusaders at the Capital Invite in Olympia, WA, but, because this was a flighted meet separated by class, they did not race head-to-head. Running in the senior race, Kesslee Payne led the way for the Tides, recording a 13:45 on the 2.33 mile course. After that, it was a sharp dropoff to 2nd and 3rd best times for Gig Harbor, with a 14:34 from Anna Kalbrener in the junior race, and 14:36 from Amanda Andrews in the senior race. Tides coach Patty Ley was upbeat about the results, but acknowledged the strength of the Jesuit pack. “Our girls ran well – actually much stronger for our top four than on the same course in 2004, but...Jesuit ran extremely well.” She was also hopeful that a straight-up team race would bring her pack tighter, and knows they’ll get that chance soon enough.

Capital Invite, Olympia, WA – 9/9/06

Gig Harbor Compiled Results

Kesslee Payne- Sr 13:45.9
Anna Kalbrener- Jr 14:34.0
Amanda Andrews- Sr 14:36.3
Christy Sipes- Fr 15:23.9
Jenny Collen- So 15:34.9
Rachel Seibert- So 15:37.6
Amanda Brager- Jr 15:53.1

Up next: A league meet on 9/13, and then the Salt Creek Invite on 9/16


2. West Valley, AK –

The West Valley girls knew they’d have their hands full with West Anchorage at the huge Adidas/Lynx Invitational in Anchorage, but they thought they’d at least get to face them with #1 Crystal Pitney leading the way. She did—for two-thirds of the race—and then inexplicably collapsed. “Something happened and she broke down and collapsed on the course. It wasn’t because she had blown out a knee or her ankles or legs gave out,” West Valley coach Doug Herron told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, “It’s something that’s tough to deal with because she’s an integral part of the team. We need her to be successful.” Pitney’s teammates rallied past their fallen leader and placed four in the top 10 (including 4-5-6), but had to go back to 28th place for their 5th runner, which wasn’t enough to turn back a West Anchorage team every bit as tough as advertised. Juneau-Douglas High School also slipped by the Wolfpack, tying them through five, and then beating West Valley with the deciding 6th runner.

Adidas/Lynx XC Invitational, Kincaid Park AK – 9/9/06
5 kilometers
Full Results available at http://www.lynxxc.org/race_results.htm

Girls Varsity 4A Team Scores
3.West Valley51
16.North Pole462
19.Eagle Ri--

Race Results
Pos.Con. #Name - SchoolTeam PosTime
1.#0308Francis, Leah - JUN(1)18:23.00
2.#0678Luch, Letitia - WHS(2)18:49.00
3.#0676Keegan, Shoshana - WHS(3)18:52.00
4.#0741Callahan, Maggie - WVH(4)19:03.00
5.#0743Davis, Samantha - WVH(5)19:06.00
6.#0742Teslow, Kayla - WVH(6)19:06.00
7.#0679Luch, Marcelyn - WHS(7)19:18.00
8.#0433Holt, Jackie - SER(8)19:21.00
9.#0744Rorabaugh, Becca - WVH(9)19:28.00
10.#0310Krehlik, Katie - JUN(10)19:30.00
11.#0309Jorgensen, Kirsten - JUN(11)19:32.00
12.#0677Luch, Delia - WHS(12)19:37.00
13.#0225Bronga, Jaime - EHS(13)19:40.00
14.#0313Ord, Annika - JUN(14)19:49.00
15.#0312Miller, Leigh - JUN(15)19:50.00
16.#0189@Mumma, Brittany - ERH(--)19:58.00
17.#0340Reed, Abby - KOD(16)19:58.00
18.#0530Patterson, Caitlin - SAH(17)19:59.00
19.#0674Dalton, Anna - WHS(18)20:23.00
20.#0532Hitz, Hillary - SAH(19)20:24.00
21.#0531Yeaton, Jessica - SAH(20)20:24.00
22.#0007Fillipova, Anna - DIM(21)20:26.00
23.#0142Doner, Johanna - COL(22)20:26.00
24.#0109Renteria, Jennifer - CHU(23)20:26.00
25.#0675*Gerik, Danielle - WHS(24)20:28.00

Up next: A meet 9/15 at Chena Lakes versus Eielson, and then the State Meet 9/23


3. Jesuit, OR –

Like the Jesuit boys, the Jesuit girls opened at the Canby Invitational 9/7 with a less-than–complete squad. Holding out their top 3 girls, they still won handily with 20 points, and then prepped for the Capital Invite on 9/9. There, they established themselves as one of the teams to truly be reckoned with in the US this year. Based on times in the class-divided flight meet, the Jesuit girls had seven in front of NW#1 Gig Harbor’s fourth runner, and 9 in front of Gig’s 5th. Although the results were not head-to-head, they were impressive nonetheless. Jesuit’s combined time for their top-five runners across class was 73:11, well up on Gig Harbor’s 73:52.

Capital Invite, Olympia, WA – 9/9/06

Jesuit Compiled Results

Adrienne McGuirk- Jr 14:13.11
Katie Sullivan- Sr 14:22.51
Noelle VanRysselberghe-So 14:28.86
Lauren Tehan- Jr 14:58.28
Teresa Makowski- Jr 15:10.38
Maria Salazar- So 15:20.11
Claire Hagler- So 15:20.32

Up next: A league meet on Wed 9/13, and then the Northwest Classic on Sat 9/23


4. Billings Senior, MT –

The Billings Senior girls traveled to the home of the always-dangerous (and currently undefeated) Campbell County girls for the annual Gillette Invitational in Wyoming. Billings Senior packed four runners into the top 10 to offset Campbell County's three, but unranked Campbell County managed to upset the Broncs with depth and the home course advantage, 25-31.

Gillette Invitational, Gillette, WY – 9/8/06
Team scores — Gillette (Campbell County) 25, Billings Senior 31, Douglas 102, Casper Natrona 119, Laramie 130, Casper Kelly Walsh 133.
Top 10 — Jessica Engel, Sturgis (S.D.), 19:07.99; Megan Gebhart, GIL, 19:59.63; Trisha Evenson, GIL, 20:09.50; Brooke Hughes, Glenrock, 20:15.04; Ashleigh Anderson, GIL, 20:23.87; Bridgette Hoenke, BS, 20:26.41; Auriele Fain, BS, 20:49.07; Alexa Aragon, BS, 20:51.10; Cara Lehman, BS, 20:55.58; Sage Goddard, GIL, 20:56.68.

Up next: The Great Falls Invitational 9/15, and a run-in with current NW#6 Bozeman.


5. Boise, ID –

With western wildfires causing air quality problems for much of Idaho and Montana, Boise’s regularly-scheduled meet was cancelled. Boise coach Dave Mills hastily assembled a meet in the hills of Boise for Saturday 9/9/06. He sent the following report: “As you are probably aware, the DEQ has declared a Red Alert for air quality throughout much of our state, because of the forest fires. As a result, many activities have been cancelled, not the least of which has been practices and cross country meets. After having a Thursday meet cancelled, Boise High threw together a meet held on Saturday in the Boise Foothills. Four schools showed up but there were only two complete teams, Boise and Eagle. Boise won both team races 23 to 33 in the girls and 18 to 39 in the boys. The course was a very difficult 5K with the first 3000 meters uphill, the last 1K on switchbacks. Anne Lovelace of Boise won the girls race in 23:20 and Nick Bolinder of Boise won the boys race in 19:17. Given the difficulty of the course subtracting 4 min from the girls times and 3 min from the boys times gives and idea of the efforts on a more reasonable course."

Boise High School Hy-Tek's Meet Manager
2006 Military Reserve Run - 9/9/2006
Fort Boise/Miltary Reserve Park
Last Completed Event

Event 1 Girls 5k Run CC
Name Year School Avg Mile Finals Points
1 Lovelace, Anne Boise High School 7:31 23:20 1
2 Hughes, Christa Nampa High School 7:34 23:28
3 Brandon, Liz Eagle High School 7:40 23:49 2
4 Sahlberg, Jacque Boise High School 7:48 24:11 3
5 Drury, Lisa Eagle High School 7:52 24:25 4
6 McGourty, Rebekah Boise High School 7:59 24:47 5
7 Olson, Sarah Boise High School 8:10 25:22 6
8 Foster, Kayla Eagle High School 8:11 25:23 7
9 Lovelace, Katie Boise High School 8:20 25:51 8
10 Tanner, Lacey Eagle High School 8:26 26:11 9
11 Mering, Ellen Boise High School 8:31 26:25 10
12 Tanner, Megan Eagle High School 8:34 26:36 11
13 Fusselman, Rebecca Boise High School 8:39 26:51 12
14 Lancourt, Paige Eagle High School 8:44 27:07 13
15 Seoy-Jackson, Piper Eagle High School 8:55 27:41 14

Team Scores
Rank Team Total 1 2 3 4 5 *6 *7 *8 *9
1 Boise High School 23 1 3 5 6 8 10 12
Total Time: 2:03:31.00
Average: 24:42.20
2 Eagle High School 33 2 4 7 9 11 13 14
Total Time: 2:06:24.00
Average: 25:16.80

Up next: The Tiger Griz Invite in Idaho Falls, ID – 9/15

6. Bozeman, MT –

The Hawks of Bozeman were scheduled to race in the Belgrade Invitational in Montana, but the meet was cancelled due to smoke from wildfires.

Up next: The Great Falls Invite, and a showdown with current NW#4 Billings Senior and Flathead, among others.


7. Mt. Spokane, WA –

The Wildcats ran a team time trial on 9/8, with results unavailable.

Up next: A Greater Spokane league meet with the North Central team that just took down NW#10 Borah and Idaho power Sandpoint at the Silverwood Coaster meet, followed by the Highlander Invite on 9/16


8. Siuslaw, OR –

The Siuslaw girls competed in the Road, Lake and Dune race in Reedsport, OR 9/9, with Coach Chris Johnson reporting that only one other team fielded a complete squad and he held out 3 of his top 5 runners. A thousand feet of soft sand dunes in the middle of the race made for what Coach Johnson referred to as “very, very slow times.” Meet results were not provided.

Up next: North Bend Invitational 9/12 and Molalla Invitational 9/16


9. Thomas Jefferson, WA –

The Thomas Jefferson boys and girls ran the Berthusen 15k relays, a five-person relay through wooded trails in which each runner completes a 3000 meter leg. Teams are divided into relays of 3 boys and 2 girls per team, making it difficult to draw any NTN conclusions from the Raiders' efforts this week. These notes are drawn from the team’s posting on www.athletic.net:

Thomas Jefferson's team # 1 runs 53:11 finishing 2nd and 1:27 faster than 2005 and :27 faster than 2004. Burlington - Edison won in a course record time 52:54.8. (old record 52:58.7 Squailicum 2003). TJ Team #1 Senior Justin Stipe 10:26. senior Kenna Patrick 10:33, senior Adam Kollgaard 10:38, junior Cassidy Robey 11:38, freshman Jeff Baklund 9:56. Patrick's time is the first TJ girl to run under 11 min on this course for the three years TJ has competed in the Bethusen Co-Ed relays. Sophomore Vanessa Bennum runs the second fastest time by a TJ girl running 11:20. Cassidy Robey's 11:38 is the 4th fastest TJ time behind Kenna Patrick's 04 time of 11:31.

Up next: A league meet on 9/13 and then the big Woodbridge Invite in CA on 9/16


10. Borah, ID –

The Borah girls ended up third at the Silverwood Coaster Classic, falling to an unranked but rising Sandpoint girls team, and a North Central team that ventured across state lines from Spokane WA to secure the win with 67 points.

Silverwood Coaster Classic, Athol, ID – 9/9/06

Results from www.rockymountaintrack.com

Girls team scores -- 1, North Central, 67. 2, Sandpoint, 77. 3, Borah, 82. 4, Lake City, 88. 5, Frenchtown, 177. 6, Capital, 179. 7, Centennial, 188. 8, Bonners Ferry, 196. 9, Rogers, 275. 10, Timberlake, 301. 11, Lakeland, 321. 12, Kellogg, 329. 13, Medical Lake, 359.

Girls Top 20 -- 1, Megan Barlett, Spt, 19:38. 2, Mary Graesser, NC, 19:57. 3, Nicole Nielsen, Bor, 20:00. 4, Rachel Ballard, NC, 20:01. 5, Melody Braden, BF, 20:11. 6, Vickie Vardell, Spt, 20:30. 7, Karleigh Gempler, Bor, 20:31. 8, Carly Gerrard, Cap, 20:32. 9, Elizabeth Fall, NC, 20:33. 10, Melissa Mitchell, LC, 20:39.11, Kayloni Jones, LS, 20:50. 12, Auna Charlton, Bor, 21:07. 13, Rebecca Johnstone, Chew, 21:12.14, Rianna Grossman, LC, 21:19. 15, Molly Mitchell, LC, 21:23. 16, Chelly Overstreet, Bor, 21:27.17, Maddy McGee, NC, 21:27. 18, Casey Hampton, BF, 21:28. 19, Destiny White, LL, 21:30. 20, Chelsea Cazier, TL, 21:32.
Up next: The Payette River Classic in Emmett, ID – 9/15/06

Squads on the Rise – West Anchorage AK, North Central WA, Sandpoint ID, Bishop Kelly ID

Other Regional Action:

- Nicole Cochran (jr Bellarmine Prep) beat former BP star Brie Felnagle’s meet record at the Bellarmine Invitational with a 11:03.13 on the 2-mile course. Snohomish took the team title, 59-77, over Sehome.

- Sunset Oregon’s 36 sec 1-4 won the Tillamook Invitational with 44, over St. Mary’s 73

- At the Cardinal Classic in Idaho, Jordan Engelhardt’s 20:03 win led her Bishop Kelly team to a narrow 2-point victory over Bear Lake, ID.