Cedarcrest’s cross country squad competed Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Bellevue Invite at Lake Sammamish State Park.
With rain falling for all six hours of the event, the grass turned to mud, puddles got big and feet got wet, and with hundreds of runners taking part, conditions got worse as the day got long.
At Bellevue, varsity runners are split into races depending their position on their squad. Each school’s number 7 and 8 runners race together, then the 5 and 6s, and so on.
Cedarcrest’s boys finished eighth as a team, the girls taking 12th. Both were the first 2A team, only beaten by larger schools.
Athletes of the meet were Gage Catherman, Josh Zimmerman and Maddy Buckmaster. All three had their best races of the season in spite of the weather.
Next weekend, Cedarcrest returns to the Sunfair Invite in Yakima, missed last year due to wildfires.