They may go their respective ways in the postseason, but Port Townsend and Sequim took on the look of rivals at the Wolves’ home cross country meet on Sept. 18.
Racing without sophomore star Riley Pyeatt, who would return to action days later (see below), Sequim’s girls got strong performances from its seven runners —five of them underclassmen — in edging out Port Townsend’s 1A Redhawks by a single point, 28-29 (low score wins).
Junior Jessica German and freshman Anastasia Updike raced the 3.1-mile course at Robin Hill County Park in 25:12 and 25:13, respectively, to place third and fourth behind Redhawk seniors Anika Avelino (22:35) and Rachel Matthes (23:53).
SHS freshman Macy Cogburn was sixth (25:53), while senior Emily Silva (eighth, 25:42) and sophomore Aidyn Shingleton (ninth, 28:01) rounded out the Wolves’ scorers.
On the boys’ side, another pair of Port Townsend seniors went 1-2, as Kincaid Gould edged out teammate Nathan Cantrell by 0.6 of a second for first place as the Redhawks (26 team points) topped Sequim (35) and Olympic (75).
Sequim junior Eli Gish placed third in 19:41, while SHS teammates Kaleb Needoba (20:17.5), Koda Robinson (20:17.8) and Jaxon Cogburn (20:44) captured places 5-7.
It was the first league meet for the three schools.
Pyeatt third at Salt Creek
Back from an illness that kept her out of Sequim’s league meet, Pyeatt — a state 2A meet qualifier in 2018 — raced to a third-place finish in the varsity race at the 42nd Salt Creek Invitational just west of Port Angeles on Sept. 21.
Pyeatt finished the 3-mile course in 18:16, behind Port Angeles’ Lauren Larson (17:31) and Klahowya’s Alyssa Becker (17:55).
Updike placed 34th overall out of 77 runners, with a finish of 21:31; Cogburn (22:14) was 41st.
Sequim’s girls placed eighth out of 10 teams. Klahowya (67 points) won the girls’ title, with Nathan Hale (87) second and Interlake (100) third.
On the boys’ side, Gish placed 42nd in 17:34 while Needoba (17:40) was 47th and Robinson (17:46) was 51st as Sequim took 10th place out of 12 teams. Interlake (36 points) won the boys’ title, followed by Shelton (98) and Klahowya (105).
Sequim runners host the second of their two Olympic League meets this season on Sept. 25, taking on league heavyweights Port Angeles and North Kitsap.
Last season, Port Angeles’ and North Kitsap’s girls went 1-2 in the league final while NK’s boys won league and PA’s boys were third.
Sequim travels to Belfair on Oct. 2 to take on Kingston and host North Mason, and compete at Bremerton on Oct. 9 against the Knights and Klahowya Eagles.