The Kentwood boys and Beamer girls cross country teams both came home winners from the big 3 Course Challenge in Seaside, Oregon, last Saturday.
I admit I am not really familiar with the race. Kentwood coach Ken Paul gave this account:
“Athletes representing 105 schools competed against one another on three separate courses drawn by lottery the night prior. Each school has a designated number of runners compete separately on each of the three courses which vary in difficulty.
Since Kentwood began running in this race over the past four years their boys have garnered a second and third place finish in the large schools category which is usually comprised of about 25 team entrants. This year the Kentwood boys finally moved into the winner’s circle by capturing first place spearheaded by medal winning performances from Robin Cheema, Varrick Anderson, and Dasan Telford. Individual performances by Galen Kornowske, Jared McMeen, Kris Angus, and Eli McMeen also contributed to Kentwood’s victory.”
Cheema had the top individual finish for the team, coming in third on what was tabbed the “Moderate Course.” The Conquerors wound up with 181 points. Kentridge was second with 250.
Oak Harbor’s John Rodeheffer had the best area finish on the boys “Hard Course,” taking third and leading his team to a third-place performance as well.
The Beamer girls were the Division 1 winners with 274 points, 11 ahead of Sam Barlow (Gresham, Ore.). The team was comprised of Paige Hallstrom, Ashley Mason, Alyssa Odom, Angela Mendoza, Lily Do, Jessa Barth and Alyssa Mendoza.
Haley Suarez of Meadowdale took fourth in the girls “Hard Course” to lead area individuals.
One other cross country note — the big Sunfair Invitational in Yakima, originally scheduled for this Saturday, has been postponed until Oct. 6 due to poor air quality caused by the wildfires in Eastern Washington.