Cross country: Klahowya tops Sequim, Bremerton in league meet

Though their school be relatively small, their running crews are mighty.

The 1A Klahowya Eagles flexed a bit of running muscle as they swept boys and girls races against teams from Sequim and the host Bremerton Knights last week.

Sequim sophomore Riley Pyeatt cruised to a win in the girls’ race — her second consecutive league meet medalist finish — with a time of 12:44 on the two-mile course at Bremerton’s N.A.D. Park.

Sequim’s Jessica German placed eighth in 15:09 while teammates Macy Cogburn, Emily Silva and Aidyn Shingleton took places 11-13, but Klahowya — backed by runner-up Alyssa Becker (13:19) — took eight of the top 10 places and won the meet with 20 points to Sequim’s 42.

Sequim’s Eli Gish placed fifth in 11:50 and teammates Kaleb Needoba (12:03, seventh place) and Koda Robinson (12:21, ninth) each placed in the top 10, but Klahowya was as even more dominant in the boys’ race, taking five of the top six spots to score 16 team points. Sequim was second with 44 points, and Bremerton a distant third (78).

In the boy’s junior varsity race, sophomore Zack Gulfer was Sequim’s top racer, finishing the two-mile course in 13:13 in ninth place.

Racing at Hole in the Wall

Pyeatt raced to a top-50 finish at the Nike Hole in the Wall Invitational multi-state mega meet on Oct. 12.

Pyeatt, German and Cogburn raced with 313 other varsity girls with averages under 22:30. Pyeatt raced to the finish in the 5,000-meter race in 18:53 — a personal best by more than half a minute and good for 45th overall.

German finished 305th in 23:11 and Cogburn was 311th (23:37); both also set personal best 5k times.

Silva races in the varsity (22:30-plus) race and finished in 22:59, 232nd out of 364 runners — a personal best by nearly a minute.

Gish was Sequim’s top boys finisher, clocking in at 18:14 to place 166th in the 433-athlete varsity (18-minute-plus) race. Needoba (18:34, a personal best) was 223rd and Robinson (18:48) was 257th. Charlie Logan, a sophomore, set a personal best with a 19:06 finish, good for 302nd. Fellow soph Theo McMurray set a personal best as well with a 19:37 finish, placing 362nd.

Looking ahead

Sequim gears up for the postseason with the Olympic League championship on Thursday, Oct. 24, at Port Townsend Golf Club.

Top teams and individuals advance to the West Central District meet, the Westside Classic, at Chambers Creek Properties Central Meadow in University Place on Saturday, Nov. 2.

At districts, the top five teams and 35 individuals in both boys and girls races advance to the state 2A meet, set for Nov. 9 in Pasco.

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