First, the asterisk. Technically, there will be a final coaches poll after state this coming Saturday. However, the poll will mimic the team standings from the various state meet, and I hardly call that "voting."
Also, wanted to give some pub to a couple of Prosser runners who qualified for state at the CWAC/GNL regional in Spokane. Junior Kolby Childers is returning to state after placing eighth in the girls race. She finished 81st at state last year but is running about a minute faster this season.
Mustangs teammate Bradley Buttars finished 16th in the boys race to earn a state spot, his first ticket to running's big dance.
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Now to the penultimate coaches polls, which include only teams that qualified for state -- sorry Spokane 3A teams that are among the best in the state but didn't get one of the GSL's two regional berths.
Of local interest, the Kamiakin boys are No. 2 in the 3A poll after finishing just two points behind eight-time regional champion and five-time defending state champ North Central. The Braves girls are No. 4 in their poll after winning regionals, behind state favorite Glacier Peak, Camsa and Peninsula.
Defending B champ Tri-Cities Prep has led wire-to-wire in the boys poll. Take note: Waitsburg-Prescott finally dropped out of the top 10. Maintaining a spot in the poll was no small feat for the Cardinals, since they did actually field a complete team this season. The TC Prep girls were listed among the "others" in the B poll.
Also, Royal got some love among the "others" in the 1A boys poll.
And now, the polls:
4A1, Gig Harbor; 2, Eisenhower; 3, Wenatchee; 4, Henry Jackson; 5, Central Valley; 6, Skyline; 7, Puyallup; 8, Kamiak; 9, Tahoma; 10, Bellermine Prep. Others: Garfield, Kentwood, Todd Beamer
3A: 1, North Central; 2, Kamiakin; 3, Bellevue; 4, Seattle Prep; 5, Mt. Spokane; 6, Camas; 7, Bishop Blanchet; 8, Nathan Hale; 9, Oak Harbor; 10, Columbia River. Others: Capital, Glacier Peak, Lakes
2A: 1, Lindbergh; 2, Sehome; 3, Interlake; 4, White River; 5, Mark Morris; 6, Cedarcrest; 7, Squalicum; 8, Selah; 9, Cheney; 10, Renton. Others: Deer Park, Ellensburg, Tumwater
1A: 1, Lakeside (Nine Mile Falls); 2, Colville; 3, Lynden Christian; 4, King's; 5, Meridian; 6, Montesano; 7, Toledo; 8, Charles Wright Academy; 9, Cashmere; 10, La Center. Others: Omak, Royal, Highland
1B /2B: 1, Tri-Cities Prep; 2, NW Christian-Lacey; 3, Republic; 4, Davenport; 5, NW Christian-Colbert; 6, Asotin; 7, Seattle Waldorf; 8, Mossyrock; 9, Mt. Rainier Lutheran; 10, Seton Catholic. Others: Bickleton, Pomeroy, Sherwood Christian
4A: 1, Redmond; 2, Bellarmine Prep; 3, Eisenhower; 4, Tahoma; 5, Snohomish; 6, Henry Jackson; 7, Issaquah; 8, Lewis & Clark; 9, Central Valley; 10, Stanwood. Others: Puyallup, Thomas Jefferson, South Kitsap
3A: 1, Glacier Peak; 2, Camas; 3, Peninsula; 4, Kamiakin; 5, Prairie; 6, Liberthy-Issaquah; 7, Mercer Island; 8, Lakeside; 9, Oak Harbor; 10, Shadle Park. Others: Columbia River, Mt. Spokane, Capital
2A: 1, Interlake; 2, Sehome; 3, Kingston; 4, Cheney; 5, North Kitsap; 6, Bellingham; 7, Mark Morris; 8, Cedarcrest; 9, Lindbergh; 10, Hockinson. Others: East Valley-Spokane, Pullman, Centralia
1A: 1, Lakeside (Nine Mile Falls); 2, Northwest; 3, King's; 4, Riverside; 5, Cashmere; 6, La Center; 7, Omak; 8, Castle Rock; 9, Chelan; 10, Hoquiam. Others: Cedar Park Christian, Zillah, Lynden Christian
1B/2B: 1, Northwest Christian-Lacey; 2, Bear Creek; 3, Mt. Rainier Lutheran; 4, Oroville; 5, Morton-White Pass. Others: Asotin, Rearden, Tri-Cities Prep