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Cross country: Wolves sweep on hilly home course
Some runners win with proverbial nerves of steel — others with legs of the same metal.
Sequim's cross country squad used its hilly home course at Robin Hill Park to full advantage as they swept aside Olympic and Port Townsend in the second-to-last Olympic League dual meet on Oct. 3.
Adrian Clifford and Mikey Cobb led the boys to a 16-point win over Olympic's Trojans and 40-point win over Port Townsend, finishing the 2.95-mile course in 16:16 and 16:26, respectively.
"I enjoy it," Clifford said of the course that features a steep uphill in the park forest and a long, gradual hill in the meadow.
Clifford passed Trojan Craig Boekenoogen on that meadow hill in the first loop and never relinquished the lead.
"(Training here) makes you a lot more confident," Clifford said. "We got a lot of confidence from last week."
The week prior, Sequim edged league powerhouses Kingston and North Kitsap.
On Oct. 3, they simply dominated. Peter Ohnstad, C.J. Daniels and Dylan Chatters finished within four seconds of each other to sweep spots seven through nine, clinching the win and keeping Sequim's boys undefeated (6-0) in league meets.
"Our guys looked good coming up that last hill," Sequim coach Harold Huff said. "We had spring in our legs."
The Wolves should have plenty of confidence for a top finish heading into the final league meet, slated for today, Oct. 10, in Belfair against North Mason and Port Angeles.
Sequim's girls edged Port Townsend by a single point despite missing senior stalwart Jasmine McMullin, who's out with an injury. Freshman Emily Webb and senior Amelia Ohnstad led the charge, taking third and fourth place behind Port Townsend aces Brittany Grant and Peri Muellner.
But it was Sequim's depth — Siana Turner (sixth place), Emma Barrell (seventh), Sydney Hastings (eighth), Brianna Albright (10th) and Emma Eekhoff (11th) — that helped edge Port Townsend by a point.
"They're getting better every week," Huff said of Sequim's girls squad.
Sequim hosts the Olympic League meet at The Cedars at Dungeness golf course on Oct. 18.
Clifford says he likes his team's chances at taking the top spot.
"Our top five is really pushing up," he said.
The top four from the league meet advance to districts. The top five teams at the Oct. 27 district meet at American Lake Golf Course move on the the class 2A state meet in November.
Sequim hasn't advanced a team to state since 2008, when both boys' and girls' squads earned berths and the girls placed fourth overall.
Reach Michael Dashiell at firstname.lastname@example.org.