Cross country: SHS boys place third at Salt Creek

Led by junior Colby Ellefson, Sequim’s boys cross country squad raced to a third place finish at the annual Salt Creek Invitational on Sept. 17.

Ellefson, who placed fifth in the same vent last year, finished in 15:57 — a 36-second improvement in the event — about 40 seconds behind Port Angeles senior Jack Gladfelter and 23 seconds back of Kingston’s Lucas Lenz.

SHS senior Owen Randall was 12th out of the 72 varsity runners, finishing in 17:04. A trio of Wolves — freshman Colin Feik, sophomore James Mason and senior Calem Klinger — finished 28-30, helping Sequim tally 102 points, five better than rival Port Angeles.

Kingston placed first in the 11-team boys race, with Interlake in second.

On the girls’ side, junior Kaitlyn Bloomenrader placed fifth in 19:58 — a 30-second improvement on her 2021 Salt Creek time — as the Wolves placed fifth out of eight varsity girls teams.

SHS senior Anatasia Updike was 24th overall (22:36).

Nathan Hale, a 3A powerhouse, won the girls event with 38 team points, followed by Klahowya, North Kitsap and Interlake. Port Angeles, led by freshman Leia Larson (sixth place), did not field enough runners to earn a team score.

Wolves compete at first league meet

Bloomenrader placed third and sophomore Liberty Mavy was seventh at the season opening league meet/jamboree at Olympic High School on Sept. 14.

Bloomenrader finished the two-mile course in 13:19, about 40 seconds back of North Kitsap’s Salix Wartes-Kahl. Mavy finished in 14:26 while Updike was 12th (14:59) and SHS freshman Ahrya Klinger was 18th (16:18).

On the boys’ side, Ellefson paced Sequim with a third place finish in 10:21, behind PA’s Gladfelter (10:06) and Kingston’s Lenz (10:20). Mason took 20th overall in 12:12.

Coming up

Sequim runners vie for top spots at Olympic League meets on Sept. 21 in Bremerton and Sept. 28 at Bainbridge before the 26th John Payne / Curtis XC Invitational on Oct. 1.