Sophomore Maya Nichols set a school record last year at the 3A state meet in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 18:24. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)

Sophomore Maya Nichols set a school record last year at the 3A state meet in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 18:24. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)

Central Kitsap cross country | Fall Sports Preview

Head coach: Jeremy Duplissey

Boys key runners: Lucas Bertnik, so.; Louis Gannon, sr.; Samuel Christiansen, so.; Seth Tower, jr.; Jamal Chandler, jr.; Daniel Lizon, so.

Girls key runners: Maya Nichols, so.; Kara Shepard, so.; Madeline Shetler, jr.; Hailey Ashton, sr.; Taylor Nichols, fr.; Hailey Hall, fr.; Rissa Eilmes.

Outlook: Maya Nichols is the standout here. Her 18:24.40 time in the 5,000-meter run not only gave her ninth place at the 3A state meet but also set a school record. The girls team has a real chance at finishing in the top five at state after finishing ninth a year ago, and they certainly have expectations to reach the podium. The boys have the talent to make state as well but are reloading after losing all but two of their state runners from last year.

Schedule: Sept. 6, 4:30 p.m., Eagle Jamboree | Sept. 8, 9 a.m., Bellarmine Invitational | Sept. 12, 3:30 p.m., SSC Meet 1 at Gig Harbor | Sept. 15, 9 a.m. Fort Steilacoom Invitational | Sept. 19, 3;45 p.m., SSC Meet 2 at Gig Harbor | Oct. 6, 9 a.m., Hole in the Wall Invitational at Lakewood | Oct. 10 SSC Meet 3, 3:45 p.m at Capital | Oct 18, SSC Championships at Fort Steilacoom.

Central Kitsap cross country | Fall Sports Preview

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