TUMWATER — If everything goes according to Capital girls coach Kevin Wright’s plan, his Cougars will have a similar outcome at next week’s 2A District IV cross-country championships as they did at Wednesday’s Evergreen Conference meet.
With six girls placing in the top 10, the Cougars easily won the team title (18 points) at Pioneer Park. Junior Lauren Pierson captured the individual title for a second consecutive year on the 5-kilometer course in 18 minutes, 51.57 seconds.
Behind her was freshman teammate Kat Copeland (18:54.78), running under 19 minutes for the first time, Tumwater’s Alex Bonner (19:50.84), and a Capital trio of Payton McGuin (19:56.93), Sarah Paquet (19:59.59) and Hannah Hartman (20:00.78).
“It was a good day,” Wright said. “Hopefully, we can duplicate that next week,” Wright said.
The 2A District IV championships are Nov. 2 at Lewisville State Park in Battle Ground. The top three teams and top 15 individuals will advance to the state meet Nov. 9 in Pasco.
For boys, Capital’s Ben Monk cruised to the individual title (15:53.72). Tumwater won the team title with 44 points, getting third- and fifth-place finishes by Brent Knutzen (16:25.15) and Dawit Mengistu (16:48.52).
Black Hills’ J.P. Guyer (16:19.72) made a late-race push for second place, and teammate Dale Broek (16:28.21) was fourth.
Capital sophomore Ty Gentry defended his singles title and Travis Miller and Doug Doenges won the doubles title at the 2A District IV tournament at the Capital City Tennis and Athletic Center.
Gentry swept Tumwater’s David Granero in the singles final, while Doenges and Miller topped Black Hills’ Jimmy Do and Noah Durette in the doubles final, rebounding from a loss to the pair a week earlier at the subdistrict tournament.
“They are a fairly new doubles team, and each match gets better and better,” Capital coach Tom Alongi said. “I’m thinking they can do great things at the state tournament.”
The top three singles players and doubles teams advance to May’s 2A state tournament at the University of Washington’s Nordstrom Tennis Center.
Capital’s Gabriel Barnes, Brent Chapin and Joel Christopher placed in the top 10 at the 2A District IV tournament at Riverside Golf Course in Chehalis to earn spots in May’s 2A state tourney at Chambers Bay. The top 16 advanced.
Barnes (155), Chapin (159) and Christopher (160) placed fourth, sixth, and ninth, respectively. Hockinson’s Diego DeLaTorre shot a final-round 3-under-par 68 (138 overall) to win the individual title by 13 strokes over Black Hills’ Jake Shier (151).
Joining Shier at state from Black Hills will be teammate Ryan Waldron, who tied for 11th (161).email@example.com