Sequim’s Riley Pyeatt races to a first place finish at the Olympic League championships on Oct. 21. Pyeatt won the district championship nine days later. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim’s Riley Pyeatt races to a first place finish at the Olympic League championships on Oct. 21. Pyeatt won the district championship nine days later. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Cross country: Pyeatt repeats as district champ

A trio of Wolves are headed to state after top-10 finishes at the West Central District meet on Oct. 30 at Chambers Creek Properties near Tacoma.

Sequim High senior Riley Pyeatt is a repeat district champ — defending a title she won as a sophomore, while last season’s district meet was canceled — completing the 5,000-meter course in 19 minutes, 6 seconds, more than a minute faster than runner-up Salix Wartes-Kahl of North Kitsap.

Teammate Kaitlin Bloomenrader will be joining Pyeatt at state after the sophomore raced to an eighth-place finish in 20:56.

Sequim’s girls came within just three points of qualifying as a team but wound up placing sixth overall, behind North Kitsap (48 team points), Steilacoom (85), White River (90), North Mason (157) and Washington (158).

Qualifying for his first state berth was SHS sophomore Colby Ellefson, who clocked in his 5k race in 16:52, good for seventh overall. He had the third-fastest time for an underclassman, behind Steilaccoom sophomore Caleb Wilcox’s 16:39 (fourth place).

Sequim’s boys placed 11th in a 2A race that saw Port Angeles cruise to a win with 53 team points — Kingston, with 111 points, was second — by placing four boys in the top 12.

Sequim’s Owen Randall was 52nd with a 19:02 finish, with teammates Mirek Skov, a junior, in 69th (19:32) and Connor Goff, a freshman, in 91st (a personal best 20:49).

In the girls’ race, Sequim senior Aidyn Shingleton just missed a state berth after placing 41st (the top 35 advance) in 23:27. Freshman Nikoline Updike was 64th (25:12) and junior Anastasia Updike was 68th (25:21).

Pyeatt was 13th at the state 2A final as a freshman in 2018 and sixth as a sophomore in 2019.

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