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Wolfpack bags wins on hilly home course

On paper, the meet looked like a surefire battle between some of the top runners on the peninsula.

But thanks to various illnesses and class requirements, the lineup card last Wednesday at Robin Hill Park looked a little light.

Sequim's boys swept Olympic and Port Townsend despite not having Adrian Clifford, one of their top runners, racing for the varsity team.

The Wolves didn't have much of a challenge anyway, with Port Townsend top runners Bereket Piatt (sick) and Habtamu Rubio (taking a driver's education class) not racing.

Alex Jenkins was second (17:11) while teammates Colby Robb, Drake Apablasa and Tyler Wilson-Walters finished 4-5-6. Olympic's Seth Bailey won the event in 16:57.

On the girls' side, Sequim picked up the first win of the season by earning a split, beating Port Townsend and falling to the Olympic Trojans.

The Wolves' girls did so without top runner Allison Cutting, who was sick at the beginning of the week and was held out by Sequim coach Harold Huff.

Teammate Taylor Roads won the event in 20:59 while Heather Murray was fifth (23:40).

Afterward, Huff simply shrugged, and shrugged off the meet.

"This was just a practice," Huff said. "That's the way I look at it (and) that's the way the other coaches look at it. But it's a solid effort."

Clifford, a freshman who has consistently finished first or second for the Wolves this season, was battling a sickness all week. Huff raced the rookie in the junior varsity race, asking him to take it easy. Clifford won by nearly two minutes. That would have placed him in a tie for eighth in the varsity competition.

"We'll get him up to speed later in the week," Huff said.

The Wolves have one more regular league meet, set for Oct. 14 at North Mason against the Port Angeles Roughriders and host Bulldogs.

Sequim hosts the Olympic League meet, set for Oct. 22 at The Cedars at Dungeness Golf Course. The Wolves then prepare for the West Central District meet in Tacoma on Halloween (Oct. 31). The top two teams and 10 individuals from districts advance to the state meet, held Nov. 7 in Pasco.

Reach Michael Dashiell at miked@sequimgazette.com.



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