Cross country: Sequim girls place third at league meet

Led by Junior Kaitlin Bloomenrader and sophomore Liberty Mavy, Sequim’s girls aced to a third place finish at the third Olympic League meet Battle Point Park on Bainbridge Island on Sept. 28.

Bloomenrader finished the 5,000-meter course in 12:04 to place fourth while Mavy took 10th overall in 22:07. Sadie Mavy, a junior, was 33rd and freshman Ahrya Klinger was 35th.

Bainbridge, led by sophomore medalist Mairin O’Brien (20:10), took first with 36 team points. North Kitsap, led by runner-up Salix Wartes-Kahl, (20:22) was second with 72 points, followed by Sequim (92), Kingston (99), North Mason (124), Bremerton (126) and Olympic (170).

The boys’ varsity race was missing a number of top runners, including Sequim’s Colby Ellefson and Port Angeles Jack Gladfelter. Bremerton senior Enzo Alonso Fernandez raced to a league win in 16:59.

Sequim placed fifth as a team and was led by senior Owen Randall, who took sixth place overall on the 5,000-meter course in 17:51.9 — a personal 5k best by about 40 seconds.

Senior teammate Calem Klinger was 17th in 18:47, and SHS freshman Colin Feik set a personal 5k best with an 18:55 finish, good for 19th.

Kingston took the win in team points with 34, followed by Olympic (63), Bainbridge (81), Bremerton (98), Sequim (107), North Kitsap (127) and Port Angeles (172).

Connor Goff was third in the junior varsity race, helping Sequim’s JV boys crew place second behind Bainbridge.

Wolves compete at John Payne invite

Bloomenrader was the top individual finisher for the Wolves at the 26th John Payne / Curtis XC Invitational, held Oct. 1 at University Place.

Bloomenrader placed seventh on the 5k women’s varsity course in 21:18, out of 187 runners. She was about 1:12 behind medalist Payton Conover of Meadowdale, who edged out NK’s Wartes-Kahl by 0.02 of a second for the title. Bremerton’s Salleen Mattivi (20:52) was fourth.

Liberty Mavy was 24th in the same race, finishing in 22:14 — ninth-best in the race among underclassmen. Sadie Mavy was 94th.

Sequim’s boys placed 26th out of 40 teams in the junior varsity race, with Connor Goff racing to a 123rd place finish in 20:57. Aspen Goldner (28:38) was 108th in the girls’ JV race.

Coming up

Sequim competes at the fourth Olympic League meet of the season on Oct. 5 at North Mason High School in Belfair.

The Wolves compete at the Nike Hole-In-The-Wall meet Oct. 7-8 in Lakewood.

Sequim then caps the regular season with a home meet on Oct. 12 at the Voice of America Park. The Wolves then host the Olympic League championships, set for Thursday, Oct. 20, at The Cedars at Dungeness golf course.

Qualifying teams and individuals compete at the West Central District meet on Oct. 29 at University Place.