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Clifford earns first state berth

by MICHAEL DASHIELL
Sequim Gazette

The third Clifford has arrived.

Like his older brothers before him — Anton (Class of 2005) and Alex (Class of 2009) — Sequim’s Adrian Clifford is making the long, cross-state trip to the state cross-country meet.

 

The Sequim junior will race with the best on his own.

 

Clifford was the lone Wolf to qualify for the state 2A finals after racing to a 16th place finish at the Westside Classic meet at American Lake Golf Course in Tacoma on Saturday.

 

Clifford traversed the 5,000-meter course in 17 minutes, 2.8 seconds, about a minute back of district champion Marcus Dickson of White River.

 

Teammate Mikey Cobb, a freshman, finished 56th overall with an 18:19.4 mark. He came away with the top time among the four freshmen competing at districts.

 

“Both the boys ran well,” Sequim coach Harold Huff said. “Adrian beat some guys that beat him at league.”

 

The Sequim coach said he was pleasantly surprised with how well Sequim’s boys squad developed this year, particularly with freshmen like Cobb and Peter Ohnstad.

 

“Those freshman boys were the total surprise of the year for me,” Huff said. “Their progress was incredible. They are going to be ... a force in a couple of years.”

 

Sequim’s girls, who managed to take the Olympic League’s fourth and final seed to districts, finished 12th out of 12 teams.

 

Sequim junior Jasmine McMullin missed a state berth by a dozen places after finishing 37th with a finishing time of 22:15.6. She placed 45th at districts in 2010.

 

Sequim senior Brittany Vereide finished 69th overall and freshman Siana Turner took 72nd.

 

“They (Sequim’s girls) raced to their absolute potential this year,” Huff said. “From start to finish, this was probably the most improved teams I’ve coached.”

 

Olympic League champ Marina Roberts of Port Townsend took the district title and helped the Buccaneers place second, just three points back of Interlake. Port Angeles’ girls were seventh.

 

On the boys’ side, Lindbergh saw its top runners finish 4-5-6 to win the district title, with Interlake second. Port Angeles’ boys took sixth, missing a team berth by one place.

 

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