XC Roundup: Klahowya boys, girls win 1A districts; CK girls repeat in 3A

UNIVERSITY PLACE — The Klahowya boys and girls captured 1A district crowns and the Central Kitsap girls successfully defended their title at the Westside Classic at Chambers Bay on Saturday.

The Eagles dominated both races. The boys had their top five runners place third, fourth, fifth, sixth and 11th, putting them well ahead of second place Charles Wright Academy.

Kelton Gagnon finished third with a time of 16:49.40 and teammates Jaeden Ellis (fourth, 16:53.70), Wyatt Vertefeuille (fifth, 16:56.70), Alex Oathout (sixth, 17:12.30) and Evan Hagle (11th, 17:44.20) finished close behind.

The Klahowya girls were similarly spectacular as Alyssa Becker captured a district crown with a time of 19:31.30; her teammate Rachel Newhard finished second in 19:47.30. Rounding out their scorers were Hannah Meehan (seventh, 21:49.70), Hannah Nelson (ninth, 22:04.70) and Alex Watson (10th, 22:06.20).

Both teams will move on to the 1A state meet in Pasco next week.

Meanwhile, the Central Kitsap girls won the 3A District 3 title for the third year in a row, all of which have come at the Chambers Bay course.

With 72 points, the Cougars finished well ahead of second place Capital. Maya Nichols placed second overall with a time of 19:19.80 and Rissa Eilmes came in ninth in 20:01.80. Not far behind were Kara Shepard (17th, 20:17.20) and Taylor Nichols (20th, 20:27.90). Madeline Shelter finished 24th with a 20:34.90 mark.

The Central Kitsap boys finished sixth and their top runner was Kal-El Drummond, who finished 28th with a time of 17:06.60.

In 4A, the South Kitsap girls qualified as a team for the 4A state race by taking fourth place. Evelyn Collins-Winn paced all Wolves runners with a 17th place finish and a time of 19:35.10. Ashley Sciocchetti took home 24th with a time of 19:50.30. Sequioa Simmons (44th, 20:34.80), Mia Carroll (51st, 20:55.10) and Marissa Crane (54th, 21:04.30) rounded out the top five.

Jacob Laws and Jacob Rowden both took home top-30 finishes in the boys 4A race. Laws finished 26th with a time of 16:35 flat and Rowden was right behind in 28th with a time of 16:38.20.

The North Kitsap boys and girls team will go to the 2A state race together — the girls finished fourth in their race while the boys took fifth.

Madison Zosa and Genesi Funston both earned top ten finishes. Zosa took ninth (20:59.20) and Funston came in 1oth (21:04.90). The rest of the top five consisted of Eliana Ginn (25th, 22:18.50), Jaimie Florent (54th, 23:50.30) and Emma Fish (61st, 24:04.30).

Dereck Cordova led the way for the North Kitsap boys with a 23rd place finish in 17:31.90. Alec Ibarra (17:41.80) and Luke Hensley (17:42) placed 32nd and 33rd respectively. Connor Stewart (36th, 17:50.50) and Dallas Ibarra (43rd, 18:03.60) also earned points for the Vikings.

Kingston’s Montana Thoroughman and Curtis Upton will also go through to state as individuals, as will Bremerton’s Enrique Brambila. Olympic’s top runners were Joshua Rehahn and Olivia McFall.

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