PASCO — The Klahowya boys cross country team was the biggest winner in Kitsap County this past weekend at the state meets held at Sun Willows Golf Course.
The Eagles took second place in the 1A state meet with 109 points, finishing second overall to small-school power Lakeside (Nine Mile).
Junior Jaeden Ellis led the way for Klahowya, finishing 12th overall with a time of 16:24.20. Sophomore Kelton Gagnon was just behind in 15th place (16:31.70) and Wyatt Vertefeuille (27th, 16:53.60) and Alex Oathout (29th, 16:55.90) also brought home top 30 finishes. Evan Hagle was the fifth runner to cross the finish line, taking 60th place with a 17:27.60 mark.
The Klahowya girls also fared pretty well, taking fourth overall in the 1A girls meet. Junior Alyssa Becker was the highest placing local runner in any meet, taking fourth place with a time of 18:59.90. Fellow junior Rachel Newhard also brought home a top 30 finish, taking 28th in 20:03.20.
The Central Kitsap girls took fourth overall in the 3A race, finishing behind a historically good North Central team, which finished the meet with 20 points, Holy Names Academy and Bishop Blanchet. Maya Nichols had the top time of all local girls racers with an 18:35 even. In a stacked 3A race that got her an 11th place finish. Cougars senior Rissa Eilmes finished 48th with a time of 19:37.30.
Kal-El Drummond was the lone Central Kitsap boys team member to qualify for state, he finished 92nd with a time of 16:54.60.
At the 2A state race, the North Kitsap boys and girls both placed 15th. Genesi Funston was the top girls runner, taking home 51st with her time of 20:33.60 while Max Metters finished 70th on the boys side in 17:04.40.
Finishing right behind Metters was Kingston junior Curtis Upton, who completed the race in 17:04.90. Bucs senior Montana Thoroughman ran a 22:01.10 to take 102nd.
Bremerton’s Enrique Brambila took 90th with his time of 17:16.10.
In 4A, the South Kitsap girls placed 14th as a team thanks to the 61st and 62nd place finishes of sophomore Ashley Sciocchetti (19:34.10) and Evelyn Collins-Winn (19:34.50).
Jacob Laws qualified as an individual for South Kitsap and placed 42nd with his 16:08 time. Jacob Rowden ran a 17:11.50 (141st).