Regional XC hits Richland on Saturday

October 26, 2012 

MCC/GSL 3A/4A regional

When, where: Today, Carmichael Middle School in Richland

Race times: 1 p.m. girls 3A; 1:30 girls 4A; 2 boys 3A; 2:30 boys 4A

Last year’s champions: 4A boys — Eisenhower team, Andrew Gardner (jr., Mead); 4A girls — Eisenhower, Kaitlin Kaluzny (sr., Davis); 3A boys — North Central, Nathan Weitz (sr., Shadle Park); 3A girls — Kamiakin, Katie Knight (jr., North Central)

At stake: Top two 4A boys and girls team, top 10 individuals advance to state; top three 3A boys and girls teams, top 15 individuals

Team favorites: Boys 4A — No. 2 Central Valley, No. 4 Lewis & Clark, No. 10 Mead; Girls 4A — No. 3 Richland, No. 7 Central Valley, No. 10 Lewis & Clark; Boys 3A — No. 1 North Central, No. 2 Kamiakin, No. 5 University, No. 6 Mt. Spokane; Girls 3A — No. 5 Kamiakin, No. 7 Mt. Spokane, No. 9 Shadle Park, Southridge

Individual favorites: 4A boys — Gardner, sr., Mead; Sumner Goodwin, sr., Lewis & Clark; Travis Thorne, sr., Ferris. 4A girls — Lindsey Bradley, so., Richland; Gracie Ledwith, jr., Lewis & Clark; Lauren Perry, jr., Richland. 3A boys — Kai Wilmot, jr., North Central; John Dressel, so., Mt. Spokane; Tanner Anderson, so., North Central; Keith Williams, sr., North Central. 3A girls — Knight, sr., North Central; Megan Beauchene, jr., Kamiakin; Makenna Endebrock, fr., Mt. Spokane; Michelle Fletcher, sr., Kamiakin.

Local state contenders: 4A boys — Sean Newcomb, sr., Walla Walla; Michael Williams, jr., Richland. 4A girls — Bradley; Perry; Courtney Cox, so., Walla Walla; Sidney Bullock, so., Richland; Hannah Hampson, jr., Walla Walla; Rachel Nelson, sr., Walla Walla; Kinzie Icayan, jr., Richland. 3A boys — Ahmed Ibrahim, jr., Kamiakin; Garrett Kraal, jr., Kamiakin; Austin Oser, sr., Kamiakin; Christian Rodriguez, sr., Kamiakin; Andrew Snyder, so., Kamiakin; Jeevan Philip, sr., Hanford. 3A girls — Beauchene; Fletcher; Leslie Olsen, sr., Southridge; Emily Kump, so., Southridge; Amy Pfaff, sr., Hanford.

Notes: Several streaks are on line in today’s races, though how “on the line” they are is debatable. North Central is the eight-time defending 3A boys champion, last year finishing just two points up on Kamiakin. The Braves boys are bidding for a fourth straight state berth, and Oser is on track for his fourth trip to state. ... NC’s Katie Knight, the defending 3A state champion, is going for her fourth regional title. On the 4A scene, Walla Walla’s Rachel Nelson has three top-10 finishes at regionals, and another would secure her fourth state berth.

CWAC/GNL 2A regional

When, where: Today, Apple Ridge Run at Cowiche

Race times: 1 p.m. girls; 1:30 boys

Last year’s champions: Boys — Selah team, Daniel Amann (jr., Deer Park); Girls — Cheney team, Sanne Holland (jr., Cheney)

At stake: Top four boys teams, 20 individuals to state; top two girls teams, 10 individuals (Note: Girls race is CWAC only, with the GNL girls qualifying for state separately last week)

Local note: Prosser’s Kolby Childers is making a bid for her fourth state berth, and this year she finally could have company in freshman Hana VerMulm. However, West Valley likely will win the team title and fill up most of the 10 individual spots.

District 7/9 2B/1B regional

When, where: Today, Clarkston HS

Race times: 1 p.m. girls, 1:40 boys

Last year’s champions: District 9 — Tri-Cities Prep boys, Seth Deal (jr., Waitsburg-Prescott); District 7 — Republic boys, Alex Ramm-Hutchinson (sr., St. George’s); District 7/9 — Asotin girls, Morgan Willson (sr., Colfax)

At stake: Top six boys teams, 30 individuals to state; top three girls teams, 15 individuals

Local note: The matchup small-school running fans have been waiting for: No. 2 and two-time defending Tri-Cities Prep vs. No. 1 Northwest Christian of Colbert as districts 7 and 9 combine in the boys race. ... TC Prep’s Skyler Larson and Waitsburg-Prescott’s Seth Deal are good bets to qualify for their fourth state meet.

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