Despite having three girls place in the top four, Olympia High School came home as runners up at the at the 4A Narrows League cross country championships after falling short in a tiebreaker with Bellarmine Prep.
Senior Brenna Carlson finished first with a personal record time of 19:11.70 on Wednesday at Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood. Stella Grimsted, a sophomore, finished second with a time of 19:17.60 and junior Kiersten Kimminau, a transfer from Northwest Christian High School, finished fourth with a personal record time of 19:21.00.
Olympia and Bellarmine tied for first place with 35 points, so the times of the teams’ sixth runners were used. The Lions’ Bryce Hustead finished ahead of the Bears’ McKenna Hooper.
Bellarmine Prep also won the boys championship, edging Gig Harbor 25-35.
Kimminau placed fourth in last year’s 2B state championships. Along with the adjustments that come with changing schools, Kimminau said the transfer to a 4A league was difficult, but with the guidance of her coaches and support of her teammates, it has become easier.
She said she is hitting her stride and his looking forward to the state competition.
“I am waiting for state to see how different it will be,” said Kimminau said. “I think it will be a lot more competition, just a lot more people in the races.”
Olympia’s Noah Murry, a senior, finished eighth in the boys meet with a time of 16:36.70. He said the race had a couple spots he found a bit challenging.
“After the first mile I was in about third. The first hill kind of took a lot out of me,” Murry said. “After that I kind of picked it up on the first big downhill. Then around the two mile I caught back up with the main group then the second hill kind of destroyed me.”
Although he did not beat his personal record, Murry said he feels that he is in a good place and hopes his team will move forward to states.
In the 3A league, James Mwaura, a sophomore at Lincoln High School, finished the boy’s race first with a personal record of 15:20.50. North Thurston’s Peter Allegre was third in 16.01.60 and Thomas Johnson was fifth in 16:30.40. Beau Crabill was Capital’s top finisher in 16:43.90, good enough for seventh.
Central Kitsap won the boys and girls teams titles. Central Kitsap sophomore Molly Fischer won the girl’s race with a personal record of 19:31.50.
Capital finished second in the girls race. Naomi Reyes was third in 19:52.80 and Kallie Kidder was ninth with a 21:02.60 time.