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Kamiakin boys, girls ranked third going into state

For those wishing to get a head start handicapping Saturday’s state races at Pasco’s Sun Willows GC, here are the Week 9 coaches polls for cross country.

A couple of things to note about what amounts to the final poll — since there won’t be any voting necessary to figure out who’s best after state: Only teams who qualified for state are ranked in the polls, which means a couple of Spokane’s state powers — Mount Spokane and Shadle Park — were left out of the Boys 3A since the GSL had only two team berths into the regional.

Also, Kamiakin’s girls fell from second to third behind Glacier Peak and Shadle in the 3A poll after finishing second to the Highlanders at regionals ... on a tiebreaker. Think that state race will be interesting?

The Eisenhower girls overtook Bellarmine Prep for first in the 4As — they’ve traded the spot once before this season.

Finally, Royal moved into the 1A boys poll and all the way up to No. 5, and Connell landed at No. 9, while Tri-Cities Prep held steady at No. 5 in the 2B/1B boys poll and Waitsburg-Prescott is No. 9.

Gentlemen (and ladies), start your handicapping:

Boys 4A: 1, Eisenhower; 2, Lewis & Clark; 3, Auburn Riverside; 4, Skyline; 5, Joel Ferris; 6, Gig Harbor; 7, Henry Jackson; 8, Bellarmine Prep; 9, Garfield; 10, Kentwood. Others: Redmond, Puyallup & Kentridge

Boys 3A: 1, North Central; 2, University; 3, Kamiakin; 4, Seattle Prep; 5, Bellevue; 6, Bishop Blanchet; 7, Mercer Island; 8, Everett; 9, Columbia River; 10, Peninsula. Others: Nathan Hale, Glacier Peak & Hazen

Boys 2A: 1, Sehome; 2, Bellingham; 3, Squalicum; 4, Lindbergh; 5, Kingston; 6, Interlake; 7, Mark Morris; 8, Cheney; 9, Deer Park; 10, Ellensburg. Others: Cedarcrest, Olympic & WF West

Boys 1A: 1, Charles Wright Academy; 2, Lynden Christian; 3, Lakeside; 4, Colville; 5, Royal; 6, King's; 7, La Center; 8, Zillah; 9, Cashmere; 10, Connell. Others: Montesano, Toledo & Port Townsend

Boys 2B /1B: 1, Northwest Christian-Lacey; 2, Republic; 3, Mt. Rainier Lutheran; 4, Davenport; 5, Tri-Cities Prep; 6, Mosseyrock; 7, Crosspoint Academy; 8, St. George’s; 9, Waitsburg-Prescott; 10, Bear Creek. Others: North Beach, White Pass & Ocosta

Girls 4A: 1, Eisenhower; 2, Bellarmine Prep; 3, Skyview; 4, Tahoma; 5, Stanwood; 6, Eastlake; 7, Central Valley; 8, Mead; 9, Redmond; 10, Henry Jackson. Others: Thomas Jefferson, Gig Harbor & Stadium

Girls 3A: 1, Glacier Peak; 2, Shadle Park; 3, Kamiakin; 4, Peninsula; 5, Prairie; 6, Camas; 7, Mt. Spokane; 8, Oak Harbor; 9, Liberty-Issaquah; 10, Mercer Island. Others: Holy Names, Seattle Prep & Bellevue

Girls 2A: 1, Sehome; 2, Bellingham; 3, Kingston; 4, Interlake; 5, Cedarcrest; 6, North Kitsap; 7, Cheney; 8, Ephrata; 9, Lakewood; 10, Lindbergh. Others: Tumwater, Hockinson & Deer Park

Girls 1A: 1, Riverside; 2, Omak; 3, Lakeside; 4, King's; 5, La Center; 6, Hoquiam; 7, Zillah; 8, Cle Elum/Roslyn; 9, University Prep; 10, Highland. Others: Cedar Park Christian, Montesano & White Salmon

Girls 2B/1B: 1, Northwest Christian-Lacey; 2, White Pass; 3, Oroville; 4, Northwest Christian-Colbert; 5, St. George's. Others: Asotin, Bear Creek & Ocosta

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