High School Sports

State cross country: Boys preview

PASCO -- Here is the preview for the 2010 Washington state cross country boys championships, staged today at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco:

Class 4A

Time: 2:30 p.m.

2009 champions: Ferris; Shane Moskowitz, sr., Central Kitsap

Team contenders (state ranking in parentheses): Eisenhower (1), Lewis & Clark (2), Auburn Riverside (3)

Individuals to watch: Kenji Bierig, sr., Lewis & Clark; Andrew Gardner, so., Mead; Aaron Nelson, sr., Walla Walla; Aaron Campbell, sr., Cascade; Korey Krotzer, jr., Auburn Riverside; Nate Brennand, sr., Olympia

Local qualifiers: Nelson; JP Wolpert, jr., Walla Walla

Noteworthy: Eisenhower in 1987 is the trivia question du jour. The Cadets are the last team from outside Spokane to claim the big-school title, and they hope to win again. Ike has been ranked No. 1 all season. However, as usual, a Spokane school put out a big effort at regionals last weekend. Lewis & Clark tied Ike before the Cadets won on the sixth runner. ... Gardner is the favorite to give Mead an individual title. He won all nine of his races this season, including last week's regional by 1.4 seconds over Bierig with Nelson (second at Sunfair, fourth Jim Danner) close behind.

Class 3A

Time: 2 p.m.

2009 champions: North Central; Ben Johnston, sr., North Central

Team contenders (state ranking in parentheses): North Central (1), University (2), Kamiakin (3)

Individuals to watch: Anthony Armstrong, jr., Kamiakin; Casey Adams, sr., North Central; Aaron Elefson, sr., Mercer Island; Nathan Weitz, jr., Shadle Park; Jeff Bastian, sr., Glacier Peak; Angelo Comeaux, sr., Everett; Curtis King, jr., Peninsula; Vince Hamilton, sr., North Central

Local qualifiers: Kamiakin (Armstrong; Will Gillen, fr.; Taylor Kraal, jr.; Keegan McCormick, fr.; Austin Oser, so.; Kevin Paulson, jr.; Austin Richards, jr.; Christian Rodriguez, so.; Phil Snyder, jr.); Erin Braich, jr., Hanford

Noteworthy: North Central is chasing a fifth consecutive title and has won the last three by an average of 65 points. University (dropping down from 4A) gave the Indians a great battle at regionals, with NC winning by 10 points. ... Armstrong (third at Sunfair) and Weitz finished neck-and-neck at regionals. Adams is the top returner from last season (sixth). Bastian is coming off wins in the WESCO/Cascade championships and Northwest District. Comeaux, who was 10 seconds behind Bastian last week, was sixth at the Jim Danner.

Class 2A

Time: 1:30 p.m.

2009 champions: Burlington-Edison; Scott Carlyle, jr., Sehome

Team contenders (state ranking in parentheses): Sehome (1), Bellingham (2), Squalicum (3), Lindbergh (4)

Individuals to watch: Carlyle; Dakota Parker, sr., W.F. West; Dylan Croeni, sr., Washougal; Andy Robertson, sr., W.F. West; Jeffrey Ott, jr., Ellensburg; Nicholas Schippers, sr., Kingston

Local qualifiers: Gustavo Madrigal, sr., Prosser; Alan Garza, sr., Othello

Noteworthy: Sehome will try to give the Northwest League five consecutive titles and win its second crown in five seasons. ... Carlyle topped Parker by five seconds to win last year's title, and Croeni finished fourth.

Class 1A

Time: Noon

2009 champions: Nooksack Valley; Bereket Piatt, jr., Port Townsend

Team contenders (state ranking in parentheses): Charles Wright (1), Lynden Christian (2), Lakeside (3), Colville (4)

Individuals to watch: Piatt; Habtamu Rubio, sr., Port Townsend; Roman Velazquez, sr., Cashmere; Ethan Tonnemaker, sr., Royal; Hap Emmons, jr., King's; Tyler King, sr., Coupeville; Todd Jackson, sr., Elma

Local qualifiers: Royal (Tonnemaker; Tanner Clouse, sr.; Omar Gomez, sr.; Noah Grant, jr.; Juan Jimenez, so.; Larry Martin, sr.; Trevor Mianecki, so.; Jesus Peraza, so.; Marcos Quiroz, fr.); Connell (Dallin Benson, sr.; Francisco Corona, fr.; Josh DeVleming, jr.; Jose Gonzalez, sr.; Alfredo Leon, so.; Robert Orozco, fr.; Hernan Serra, sr.; Trevor Simpson, sr.; Tony Torales, jr.); Adrian Castellanos, jr., Kiona-Benton

Noteworthy: Charles Wright edged Lynden Christian by three points last weekend, and Lakeside and Colville were four points apart in their district. ... Piatt and Rubio finished one-two last year, but they were well behind King (fifth in state 4A last year for Oak Harbor) last week.

Class 1B/2B

Time: 11:30 a.m.

2009 champions: Northwest Christian (Lacey); Lucas Graham, so., NW Christian (Lacey)

Team contenders (state ranking in parentheses): NW Christian (Lacey) (1), Republic (2), Mt. Rainier Lutheran (3), Tri-Cities Prep (5)

Individuals to watch: Graham; Justin Holden, sr., NW Christian (Lacey); Jon Bennett, sr., Republic; Maxwell Choka, so., St. George's

Local qualifiers: Tri-Cities Prep (Juan Diego Espinoza, sr.; Nick Fong, jr.; Joseph Ghirardo, fr.; John Hylden, so.; Skyler Larson, so.; Sam Leon, so.; Nick Lumetta, jr.; Adam Noorani, jr.; Nick Tudor, jr.); Waitsburg-Prescott (Nick Carpenter, sr.; Seth Deal, so.; E.J. Meserve, fr.; Matthew Montgomery, sr.; Ben Moser, fr.; Erik Sandoval, fr.)

Noteworthy: NW Christian (Lacey) will run for a third consecutive title. ... Graham and Holden ran away from the field last year, though Holden won the district race by 18 seconds last weekend. Keep an eye out for Choka, who beat Bennett (fourth last year) by 46 seconds last week.