High School Sports

State cross country: Girls preview

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

Class 4A

Time: 1 p.m.

2009 champions: Eastlake; Anna Dailey, sr., Garfield

Team contenders (state ranking in parentheses): Eisenhower (1), Bellarmine Prep (2), Skyview (3), Tahoma (4)

Individuals to watch: Minna Fields, sr., Stanwood; Priscilla Timmons, sr., Skyview; Baylee Mires, sr., Mead; Anastasia Kosykh, fr., Eastlake; Chandler Olson, so., Woodinville; Tansey Lystad, sr., Inglemoor; Lucy Cheadle, sr., Roosevelt

Local qualifiers: Maggie Jones, sr., Richland; Katie Mahoney, sr., Richland; Rachel Nelson, so., Walla Walla

Noteworthy: Two-time defending champion Eastlake and Gig Harbor have won the last five team titles, and no team from Eastern Washington has stood atop the podium since North Central in 2001. Top-ranked Ike seeks its first title since going back-to-back in 1999-2000. ... The returning veterans -- Fields was second last year, Timmons fourth and Mires fifth -- will have their hands full with two young guns. Kosykh and Olson finished one-two at the Wes-King District, two seconds apart but well in front of the field, including more than a minute ahead of Fields. ... On the local scene, Nelson, Jones and Mahoney all have a shot to finish top 10.

Class 3A

Time: 12:30 p.m.

2009 champions: Shadle Park; Amy-Eloise Neale, fr., Glacier Peak

Team contenders (state ranking in parentheses): Glacier Peak (1), Shadle Park (2), Kamiakin (3), Peninsula (4)

Individuals to watch: Neale; Katie Knight, so., North Central; Kendra Weitz, so., Shadle Park; Katie Morris, jr., Shadle Park; Katie Bianchini, so., Glacier Peak; Erin Hegarty, sr., Hanford; Stephanie Rexus, jr., Kamiakin

Local qualifiers: Kamiakin team (Rexus; Sydney Blaser, jr.; Brittany Brooks, fr.; Kaylee Brooks, sr.; Savanna Davies, sr.; Michelle Fletcher, so.; Samantha Meadows, so.; Sarah Meadows, so.; Jori Perrins, fr.); Hegarty; Rachel Dahl, jr., Southridge; Emily Butler, sr., Southridge

Noteworthy: Once again, this could be the most exciting race of the day, among teams and individuals. Neale and Knight finished a second apart last year, while Shadle edged Glacier Peak by eight points. After Kamiakin and Shadle went to a tiebreaker at regionals, it should be a strong three-way battle. ... Knight has yet to lose a race this year, including her win at Bob Firman and a 19-second victory over Weitz at regionals. ... Locally, Hegarty and Rexus could be top 10, while Fletcher, Kaylee Brooks and Dahl could be top 20. ... Butler is back at state for the first time after qualifying as a freshman.Class 2A

Time: 11 a.m.

2009 champions: Sehome; Ruby Roberts, sr., Kingston

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

Individuals to watch: Marina Roberts, jr., Kingston; Sanne Holland, so., Cheney; Cara Strodel, sr., Cedarcrest

Local qualifiers: Kolby Childers, so., Prosser

Noteworthy: Sehome is the four-time defending champion, and a 21-point win over Bellingham at regionals is an indication No. 5 is in the sights. ... Marina Roberts looks to keep the title in the family after finishing second to her sister, a two-time champion, last season.

Class 1A

Time: 10:30 a.m.

2009 champions: King's; Maddie Meyers, so., Northwest

Team contenders (state ranking in parentheses): Riverside (1), Omak (2), Lakeside (3), King's (4)

Individuals to watch: Meyers; Eliza Rice, so., Northwest; Audrey Western, fr., University Prep; Olivia Newman, jr., Highland

Local qualifiers: Thalia Quintero, so., Wahluke; Linda Achelpohl, so., Wahluke; Kyla Turner, so., Kiona-Benton; Haleigh Noyes, fr., Connell; Ana Delos Santos, jr., Royal

Noteworthy: King's has won the last four titles and seven of nine. But that run could be ended by Riverside, which topped second-ranked Omak by 18 points in last week's regional. ... Meyers is going for the three-peat and likely won't have much trouble, having won last year's race by 1 minute, 36 seconds over Rice, her teammate. She has won every race this season and has 20 wins in her career.

Class 1B/2B

Time: 10 a.m.

2009 champions: Northwest Christian (Lacey); Morgan Willson, so., Colfax

Team contenders (state ranking in parentheses): Northwest Christian (Lacey) (1), White Pass (2), Oroville (3)

Individuals to watch: Willson; Anna Henry, so., NW Christian (Colbert); Hailey Bredeson, so., NW Christian (Lacey); Joanna Sowers, sr., NW Christian (Lacey); Nicole Anderson, sr., White Pass

Local qualifier: Isabela Benito, sr., Waitsburg-Prescott

Noteworthy: The four-time defending champions blitzed the field by 58 points last season and figure to make it 5-for-5 since the Bs split off from the 1A. ... Willson shocked the field last season, winning by 47 seconds over a veteran field to give herself state titles in cross country, soccer, basketball and track.

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