One week after winning her first Olympic League crown, Sequim’s Riley Pyeatt is a district champion.
Pyeatt, a sophomore, topped the field at the Westside Classic, the West Central District 3’s cross country final, finishing the 5,000-meter course in 18 minutes, 38 seconds.
Her finish capped a meet that saw three Sequim girls and one boy earn state meet berths, though it came with a bit of heartache: the SHS girls missed a chance to qualify after placing sixth overall, just five points back of Steilacoom.
Pyeatt edged Washington sophomore MaryAlice Mitchell by eight seconds and third-place finisher Stephanie Martz of Lindbergh, a senior, by 22 seconds. Port Angeles, paced by fourth-place finisher Lauren Larson (last year’s district champ) and fifth-place finisher Kynzie DeLeon, took second place and advanced to state, just back of team champ White River.
Also advancing to state are Sequim junior Jessica German, who placed 28th overall in 22:21, and freshman Anastasia Updike, who was 30th in 22:37. Teammate Emily Silva, a senior, was 52nd with a 23:42 finish. Aidyn Shingleton was 59th (23:58) and Katelyn Glass was 113th (29:28).
On the boys’ side, Eli Gish earned a spot in the state 2A finals this weekend with a 34th place finish in 17:45 — a personal 5k best.
Junior teammate Kaleb Needoba was 50th, finishing in a personal best 18:21, while sophomore Koda Robinson was 72nd (18:48) and freshman Owen Randall was 84th (19:06).
The Wolves’ boys finished 13th as a team out of 16 qualifying squads. Steilacoom took the 2A boys title, with Port Angeles second and Lindbergh third.
In 2018, Pyeatt placed fourth at districts and 13th at the state meet.
Gish qualified for state as a freshman in 2017 but didn’t run as a sophomore.