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Wolves runners slog it out at Seaside
Sequim’s cross-country runners went toe to muddy toe with some of the top teams in Washington and Oregon at last weekend’s Seaside Three-Course Challenge in Seaside, Ore.
Adrian Clifford led the Wolves’ efforts by finishing the 5,000-meter moderate course in 19 minutes and 28 seconds, good for seventh in his division. Joel Christopher was the top boy racing on the hard course; his 21:48 mark was good for 36th. Freshman Mikey Cobb completed the easy course in 17:54, good for 59th in his division.
Junior Jasmine McMullin led the charge for Sequim’s girls, finishing 69th on the hard course (29:59). Siana Turner was Sequim’s top female finisher overall, racing to a 23:03 finish (68th) on the easy course. Natalie McMurray was 136th on the moderate course.
Sequim next hosts North Kitsap and Kingston today, Sept. 28, and is at Olympic on Oct. 5.
Sequim got two wins against familiar opponents in two contrasting matches.
Sequim needed five sets to knock off Olympic (29-27, 14-25, 25-20, 16-25, 16-14) on Sept. 20, then had a significantly easier time with Klahowya (25-21, 25-8, 25-17) on Sept. 22.
The Wolves (4-1) were scheduled to follow up their efforts at the Sept. 24 Mark Morris Tourney with a match at Bremerton on Sept. 27 — results were unavailable press time.
The Wolves host North Mason on Sept. 29 and Vashon on Sept. 30.
Facing bigger teams, Sequim’s girls swim crew dropped a pair of decisions to league foes last week.
Bremerton topped Sequim 114-56 as six different Knights won individual races. Julianne Miller was the lone Wolf with an individual win, taking victory in the 100 breaststroke.
Sequim also won the 200 free relay behind strong swims from Miller, Cassandra Calderon, Kendra Richardson and Kailee Price.
Two days later, the 23-member Kingston squad swamped Sequim’s 10-girl crew, 116-44. Katherine Anderson had two first-place swims for Kingston (200 IM, 100 breaststroke), as six different Bucs took individual top honors.
Danielle Barrow had Sequim’s lone individual victory, in the 50 free (30.01, just one second off a district meet qualifying time).
“We had some girls trying some new events,” Sequim coach Anita Benitez said.
The Wolves (0-3) host Port Townsend on Sept. 29.
One team had to come away with a mark against its perfect record.
The North Kitsap Vikings showed their depth in a 5-2 win against Sequim on Sept. 22, taking the top singles match and sweeping all four doubles match-ups to improve to 8-0.
Sequim (6-1) got wins in No. 2 singles from Waylon Lam (def. Tyler Swansboro 6-1, 6-2) and at No. 3 singles from Andrew Gunstone (def. Matt Moriarty 6-1, 6-3).
But that was it. North Kitsap, league runners-up, managed to edge the defending league champs by a single match.
Zach Fohn, the Vikings’ top singles player, handed Byron Boots his first loss of 2011 in a 6-1, 6-1 decision.
Steven Breitmeyer and Alex Olson topped Sequim’s Evan Hill and Donovan Lee in No. 1 doubles play, 6-1 and 6-1.
Earlier in the week, Sequim edged by Klahowya 4-3 on Sept. 19 and swept aside Olympic 7-0 on Sept. 21.
Boots, Lam and Hill each had singles victories during the week. Gunstone and Lee topped Klahowya’s Drew Fagan and Cory Stewart to clinch the match versus the upstart Eagles.
Sequim is at Kingston today, Sept. 28, and hosts Port Townsend/Chimacum on Sept. 30.
Sequim met up with a pair of tough league opponents last week. Olympic jumped out to a 1-0 lead and got three goals from three different players in a 4-0 win on Sept. 20.
Two days later, another Silverdale-based team — Klahowya — blanked the Wolves 6-0 on the turf at Silverdale Stadium.
Sequim (1-5) was slated to play at Bremerton on Sept. 27 — results of the game were unavailable at press time.
The Wolves host North Mason on Sept. 29.