LAKEWOOD — South Kitsap’s Lady Wolves cross-country team got to the finish line in a cluster at Fort Steilacoom Park and managed to edge out Bellarmine Prep and Emerald Ridge Oct. 18 for a South Puget Sound League 4A championship.
South Kitsap scored 64 points, ahead of Bellarmine (69) and Emerald Ridge (71).
Paxton DePoe finished eighth for South Kitsap with a time of 19:29.70, followed closely by Ashley Sciocchetti (10th, 19:31.90) Kristina Ihlen (11th, 19:32.40) and Evelyn Collins-Winn (12th, 19:42.40). Eugenia Palko came in 23rd, five places ahead of the next scoring runner for Bellarmine — and that was enough to give South Kitsap a five-point victory.
Bellarmine Prep’s Ella Borsheim placed first in a time of 18:07.60. Three Emerald Ridge runners followed Borsheim at a distant pace and placed within a little more than one second of each other.
The South Kitsap boys took third place in another extremely close race. Olympia won the title with 60 points, Bellarmine had 63 and South Kitsap was right behind with 67.
Zach Grams of the Wolves finished fourth in 16:13.20, followed closely by Jacob Laws (7th, 16:21.20). Kevin McDermott (15th, 16:43.60), Jacob Rowden (16th, 16:46.10) and Shawn Clough (25th, 16:58.80) all finished in the top 25.
Ben Sherman of Bellarmine Prep took the individual title in a time of 15:39.60.
— Mark Krulish is a reporter for Kitsap News Group. He can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @MKrulishKDN.