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Cross country preview: Wolves boys’ future is now
At the end of the 2012 cross country season, Sequim assistant Michael Cobb took a peek into the future.
Taking away the soon-to-be-graduating seniors in the race, Sequim jumped from second place — three points behind league champ Kingston — to first … by a wide margin. Try, 54 points.
Nine months later, the Wolves have all the pieces in place to fulfill Cobb’s math, or even better.
Sequim, ranked No. 10 in the first state 2A boys poll of the season, sees all but one of its top runners return, after senior Adrian Clifford graduated, and have added a pair of sophomores who already are competing for top-five varsity spots.
“I have to say we’re the odds-on to win the league,” Sequim head coach Harold Huff says.
Back are juniors Mikey Cobb and Peter Ohnstad, who placed eighth and 15th, respectively, in the league meet in 2012, placed in the top 25 at districts a week later and helped the Wolves place ninth at state.
Also back are standout freshmen-turned-sophomores C.J. Daniels, Jackson Oliver and Chris Jeffko, and senior leader Dylan Chatters.
The surprise of the early season, Sequim coaches say, are the two sophomore transfer additions of Brendon Despain and Christian Ash. Despain, from the Tri-Cities area, is challenging Mikey Cobb for Sequim’s lead spot while Ash is among the top seven runners on the squad.
“They just bumped us up another notch,” Huff says.
Perhaps sensing a special season, Sequim’s boys running crew logged significant distance over the summer. Huff says five teammates put in at least 500 total miles in the offseason.
“As a group, this is the best shape of any team I’ve had at the beginning of the season,” Huff says.
“The good news is, if someone has a time (drop-off) another can step up. And our JV guys are incredible.”
On the girls’ side, the Wolves rebuild around a slew of newcomers including strong freshmen Erin Vig, Elizabeth Rosales and Isabel Dalm, along with returning upperclassmen Siana and Devyn Turner.
“We’re possibly a notch better (than 2012),” Huff says of Sequim’s girls, but noted it will be tough to get past league perennial powerhouses like Kingston, North Kitsap and Port Angeles.
Key meets include the Sept. 21 Three-Course Challenge in Seaside, Ore., an Oct. 2 meet at Port Angeles and the Oct. 24 league meet, hosted by The Cedars at Dungeness golf course in Sequim.
Sophs shine at Capital
Sequim’s sophomores dominated their race at the Capital Invite. The only team with enough runners (five) to earn a team score, the top five of Sequim’s 12 sophs — led by Brendon Despain, with the best Sequim time for the day at 12:36 — each earned times under 14 minutes for the 2.33-mile course.
SHS juniors Mikey Cobb and Peter Ohnstad were fourth and fifth, respectively, in the junior race with finishes of 12:38 and 12:39.
August O’Shea was Sequim’s top freshman with a sixth place finish at 14:10.
Erin Vig was the top finisher out of Sequim’s 11 female entries, earning a 15th-place finish in the freshman race.
Reach Michael Dashiell at email@example.com.