With four runners in the top 10, the Capital Cougars repeated as girls district cross-country champions at the 2A District IV championships at Lewisville Park on Saturday in Battle Ground.
Lauren Pierson (18 minutes, 58.73 seconds) and Kat Copeland (10:05.57) led a 1-2 finish for the Cougars, who tallied 30 team points as all six runners placed 18th or better.
Tumwater was second with 61 points, paced by Alex Bonner and Lauren Ericks, who placed third and eighth, respectively.
Rounding out the eight team scores were R.A. Long (99), Washougal (119), Ridgefield (127), River Ridge (133, led by Ashli Ayers’ fourth-place time of 19:28.95), Black Hills (143, whose top finisher was Danielle Won in 11th at 19:55.57), and W.F. West (229).
The top three teams and 15 individuals advance to Saturday’s state cross-country championships in Pasco.
Tumwater claimed the boys team title with 71 points, with Brent Knutzen (16:04.62) and Dawit Mengistu (16:29.79) placing third and sixth, respectively.
Capital’s Ben Monk (15:39.85), who won the 2A Evergreen Conference boys race last week, was second to Mark Morris’ Aaron Brumbaugh, who finished in 15:37.54. The Cougars were third in the team race (97 points) with Ryan Knutzen (13th, 17:03.54) and Abishai Thomas (17th, 17:15.81) joining Monk as top-20 placers.
Black Hills’ J.P. Guyer 16:20.48) and Dale Broek (16:24.75) were third and fourth, respectively, as the Wolves finished fifth (123 points).
NWC rules 2B/1B: Northwest Christian dominated the District IV 2B/1B championships in Mossyrock, cruising to the boys and girls team titles with a pair of freshman winning individual district titles.
Luke Schilter’s first-place time of 16.34 led a 1-2-3 finish for the Navigators as all seven of NWC’s runners placed in the top 10. Behind Schilter was Brandon Stickney (17:07) and Levi Schilter (17:20), who grabbed second and third place, respectively. On the girls side, freshman Kiersten Kimminau won in 19:14, as teammate Anna Brooks was second at 19:20.
Bears send Normans, relays to state: The Norman sisters – junior Sarah and freshman Ally – are state-bound in a combined three individual events and a relay team following the final day of the West Central District III championships at Curtis High.
The Bears placed seventh in the team race with fellow 4A Narrows League member Gig Harbor winning the team title.
Sarah Norman earned fourth-place finishes in the 100 breaststroke (1:10.33) and 100 butterfly (1:00.48), while sister Ally was third in the 500 freestyle (5:26.28).
The Normans also are on the Bears’ 200 state-bound medley relay, which also features Reagan Underland and Michelle Yan. The quartet of Maya Hansen-Tilkens, Melissa Ward, Honour Middleton and Annie Lu makes up Olympia’s 400 freestyle relay that also qualified for state.
Olympia takes district: Olympia won both the singles and doubles titles at the final day of the 4A West Central District III tournament at Capitol City Tennis and Athletic Club to claim the team title.
The Bears send four players – two singles players and its No. 1 doubles team – to the 4A state meet in May.
Freshman Jamie Bautista, the Bears’ No. 1 singles player, beat Spanaway Lake freshman Vinnie Nguyen, 6-1, 6-0 in the finals to earn a state berth, and No. 2 singles player Ryan Adams placed sixth, dropping a 4-6, 6-1, 6-1, match to Stadium’s Callan Peterson in the fifth/sixth-place seeding match.
Olympia’s No. 1 doubles team of juniors Kyle Wooten and Will Berghoff topped Bellarmine Prep’s Elliot Gardner and Chris Wood, 6-2, 6-2, in the finals.