Klahowya girls win 42nd Salt Creek Invitational

Alyssa Becker finished second overall with a time of 17:54.44

PORT ANGELES — The Klahowya boys and girls teams led the charge for the Kitsap Peninsula this past weekend’s 42nd Salt Creek Invitational. The varsity girls took the top spot while the boys finished third.

Alyssa Becker, a junior for the Eagles, finished in second place in the three-mile girls varsity race with a time of 17:54.44. She was backed up by Rachel Newhard, who took eighth (18:47.74), Olivia Wildes (18th, 20:30.63), Alexa Watson (20th, 20:35.16) and Hannah Nelson (23rd, 20:43.44) to finish 20 points ahead of second place Nathan Hale.

The boys finished behind Interlake and Shelton. The top runner was sophomore Kelton Gagnon, who took eighth in 15:55.84. Jaeden Ellis finished 11th (16:08.45), followed by Wyatt Vertefeuille (18th, 16:32.68), Evan Hagle (29th, 16:59.20) and Maso Haws (39th, 17:29.05).

Madison Zosa was the top female runner for North Kitsap, finishing 13th in 19:58.13. Max Metters led the Vikings boys with a time of 16:35.32.

Kingston’s Curtis Upton paced his team, posting a time of 16:20.40 to finish in 16th place. Montana Thoroughman was the top girls runner, taking 31st with a 21:20.85 mark.

Olivia McFall led the Olympic girls with a time of 23:07.72, one minute faster than her time in last year’s race. Joshua Rehahn was the top Trojans boy, finishing in 18:34.07, an improvement of 1:48 over last year.

Bremerton’s Nicholas Nelson paced his team with a 19:31.18 mark. Angela McCown led the girls with a time of 27:29.65.

42nd Salt Creek Invitational

Team scores (boys) — 1. Interlake, 36; 2. Shelton, 98; 3. Klahowya, 105; 4. Nathan Hale, 106; 5. Port Angeles, 109; 6. North Kitsap, 127; 7. Washougal, 219; 8. North Mason, 224; 9. Kingston, 246; 10. Sequim, 259; 11. Granite Falls, 288; 12. Olympic, 364.

Individual results (top three, each local school)

Klahowya

8. Kelton Gagnon, 15:55.85

11. Jaeden Ellis, 16:08.45

18. Wyatt Vertefeuille, 16:32.68.

North Kitsap

21. Max Metters, 16:35.32

22. Alec Ibarra, 16:39.86

25. Luke Hensley, 16:46.65

Kingston

16. Curtis Upton, 16:20.40

48. Connor Nichols, 17:39.44

55. Thomas Brown, 17:55.71

Olympic

65. Joshua Rehahn, 18:34.07

76. Josiah Ferraro, 19:28.78

78. Nathaniel Mann, 19:33.06

Bremerton

77. Nicholas Nelson, 19:31.18

79. Thomas Peli, 19:36.12

87. Jamie Stenwick, 21:36.57.

Team scores (girls) — 1. Klahowya, 67; 2. Nathan Hale, 87; 3. Interlake, 100; 4. Washougal, 108; 5. Port Angeles, 111; 6. Shelton, 127; 7. North Kitsap, 168; 8. Sequim, 171; 9. North Mason, 202; 10. Kingston, 258.

Individual results (top three, each local school)

Klahowya

2. Alyssa Becker, 17:54.44

8. Rachel Newhard, 18:47.74

18. Olivia Wildes, 20:30.63

North Kitsap

13. Madison Zosa, 19:58.13

17. Genesi Funston, 20:28.94

39. Eliana Ginn, 21:55.10

Kingston

31. Montana Thoroughman, 21:20.85

58. Lynn Nelson, 23:25.19

62. Aidan Mills, 23:47.18

Olympic

53. Olivia McFall, 23:07.72

61. Malaya Patheal, 23:39.29

73. Sallie Straiff, 26:31.48

Bremerton

75. Angela McCown, 27:29.65

77. Calypso Cantal, 29:32.80

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