Cross Country: SHS’s Pyeatt cruises to win in league meet at Lincoln Park

In her second Port Angeles-area race in less than a week, Sequim’s Riley Pyeatt found herself alone at the finish line.

The SHS senior raced to a 40-second victory at Port Angeles’ Lincoln Park on Sept. 22, dominating the 73-runner field featuring runners from five 2A Olympic League schools and 3A Bainbridge.

Pyeatt completed the 5,000-meter course in 18:31.86, about 6.5 seconds better than her previous prep 5k best set at the Westside Classic district meet in 2019.

Bolstered by sophomore teammate Kaitlyn Bloomenrader’s seventh place finish (21:30.58), the Wolves placed third in the seven team meet with 89 team points, behind a deep Bainbridge squad (38 team points) and North Kitsap (53). Host Port Angeles was sixth.

Wolves senior Aidyn Shingleton was 24th (23:57.08), followed by freshmen Nikoline Updike (36th, 25:08.37) and Mia Kirner (3th, 25:24.74).

On the boys’ side, SHS sophomore Colby Ellefson raced to a third place finish at Lincoln Park, finishing the 5,000 meters in 16:36.01. Port Angeles’ Jack Gladfelter was first (16:10,74), followed by Bainbridge’s Will Browning.

Ellefson’s time was a personal best and his first high school 5k time under 17 minutes.

With 41 team points, Port Angeles’ boys edged Bainbridge by a point for first place at the meet; Sequim placed sixth.

The Wolves’ Calem Klinger was 37th (19:56.64), followed by Mirek Skov (42nd, 20:27.44) and Connor Goff (46th, 21:31.43).

SMS boys edge PT for meet win

Sequim Middle School eighth-grader Colin Feik paced a strong boys steam to the narrowest of victories on Sept. 22, as the Timberwolves edged Port Townsend’s Blue Heron Middle School 33-34 at Port Angeles Lincoln Park.

Feik placed second overall — less than a second behind medalist Grady White of Blue Heron — with a mark of 9:32.76 over the mile-and-a-half course.

Teammates Owen Rabey (fifth, 9:59.30), Bjorn Henrikson (seventh, 10:35.91), Miles Noia (ninth, 11:05.25) and and Easton Sisemore (10th, 11:08.29) rounded out Sequim’s meet-winning squad.

Lukas Teague was Stevens’ (Port Angeles) top finisher, coming in third place.

In the girls’ race, Stevens cruised to an easy win with 24 team points, out-pacing Blue Heron (42) and Sequim (58). The Timberwolves’ top finisher was eighth-grader Kiley Winter, who clocked in at 10:46.83 over the 1.5-mile course. Sequim’s Ahrya Klinger placed ninth (12:34.52) while Bridget Pyeatt was 13th (12:58.14).

Coming up

The Wolves host their line home regular meet of the season at the Dungeness Recreation Area on Sept. 29.

Sequim is at Olympic on Oct. 6 and the Nike Hole-In-the-Wall invitational on Oct. 9 in Lakewood.

The Wolves are at Bainbridge on Oct. 13 for the final league meet before Sequim hosts the Olympic League final at The Cedars at Dungeness on Oct. 21.

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