Cedarcrest runners send two to state podium to cap a chilly day of competition

  • Tuesday, November 7, 2017 4:09pm
  • Sports

Cedarcrest’s cross country teams, both boys and girls, traveled to state competition Nov. 4 at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco. It was a fun day, despite the temperatures.

“I can’t recollect a colder day for the state meet in my 24 years of coaching at Cedarcrest cross country,” recalled head coach Bruce McDowell. “The temperature stayed in the 30s for most of the day. I don’t think the weather changed the outcome of anything. It just made it a cold day for standing around for five hours.”

In the competition, Cedarcrest’s girls’ team finished seventh, overall. Elsie Dombek was the top finisher in ninth place, running 19:21. Also in the top five finishers for Cedarcrest, Alicia Krivanek took 35th, Kate Vergillo47th, Kelly Hall 67th and Mary Cate Babcock 72nd. Cecelia Kiesow placed 116th and Aryia Farnworth 127th. Katelyn Wells and Ginger Van Valkenburg were alternates.

McDowell offered this fun fact: “Freshman Aryia’s dad Sam ran at two state meets for Tolt High School…. She becomes the first Cedarcrest High School state meet competitor who is the child of a Tolt High School State meet competitor. We will do our best to make sure that she exceeds his total of two state meets.

By finishing in ninth, Dombeck made the top 16 and the podium. She is the 10th Cedarcrest girl to reach the state podium and the third to do it as a sophomore, following in the footsteps of Caitlin Ramirez and Cara Strodel.

The boys team finished in ninth, with Grant Van Valkenburg finishing 2nd place, running 15:26.

“There was a pack of boys through the first mile with Grant in the pack. At about 1.5 miles, the pack dwindles to less than half dozen and then at 1.75 miles, Grant throws in this surge on a slight downhill to lead a trio away from the others,” McDowell tells the story. “After two miles, it is down to two, Grant and Cade Brown from Bellingham. They battle back and forth all the way to the finish where Brown crosses in 15:26.0 and Grant crosses in 15:26.7.”

Also in the top five were Ben Benson, 27th, Emmett Klaiber 60th, Brady Shaw 98th and Bryce Hefner 116th. Ryan LaTurner placed 132nd and Brennan LeBlanc 144th. Justin Young and Patrick McCabe were alternates.

Van Valkenburg set a Cedarcrest record for the fastest time in a state meet and finished higher than any previous runner. He is the eighth Cedarcrest runner to make the podium, and he was on the podium last year, too, when he took fifth place in state.

He will be named to the All-State team an honor going to the top 40 competitors from the state meet regardless of classification.

This meet marks the official end of the Cedarcrest season, although some runners will compete Nov. 11 in the NXN Northwest Regional meetin in Boise Idaho. Van Valkenburg is also running, with Cedarcrest alumns, in the Nike BorderClash meet in Beaverton, OR Nov. 18, pitting the top Washington runners against the top Oregon runners.

More in Sports

Mount Si Wildcats freshman Lauren Glazier, right, and senior Abigail Triou, left, box out a Newport player during a matchup on senior night on Jan. 16 in Snoqualmie. Photo courtesy of Patrick Krohn/Patrick Krohn Photography
Knights defeat Wildcats in 4A KingCo matchup

Mount Si loses to Newport on senior night.

Mount Si sports some gritty wrestlers

Kaess, Marum and Marenco lead the way.

Wildcats rolling on the basketball court

Mount Si freshman Bennett O’Connor unleashes a shot during the Wildcats’ 56-44… Continue reading

Adrenaline-filled life of gymnastics

Mount Si’s Johnson and her team vault to success.

The Mount Si High School stadium field received a makeover this summer. New synthetic artificial turf was installed in mid-July. It was the first time the playing surface at Mount Si High School had been replaced since 2005. Shaun Scott, staff photo
2018: The year in sports for the Mount Si region

Athletic success is a staple of the Snoqualmie/North Bend community.

Millen signs on to play with University of Oregon

Mount Si star quarterback Cale Millen signed his letter of intent on… Continue reading

Mount Si Wildcats junior center Sela Heide, right, scored a team-high 15 points in a 4A KingCo contest against the Newport Knights on Dec. 14 in Factoria. Newport defeated Mount Si, 45-36. Photo courtesy of Patrick Krohn/Patrick Krohn Photography
Knights attain comeback victory against Wildcats

Mount Si girls basketball team loses close game against Newport.

Mount Si junior guard Jabe Mullins, left, surveys the court while being defended by Newport senior Thomas Kristen. Mount Si defeated Newport, 66-44, on Dec. 14 at Newport High School in Factoria. Mullins scored 18 points in the win. Photo courtesy of Patrick Krohn/Patrick Krohn Photography
Wildcats seal victory with second-half surge against Knights

Mount Si earns win on the road against Newport.

Mount Si Wildcats senior wrestler Spencer Marenco went 1-2 at the Mat Classic Class 4A state wrestling tournament during his junior season. Marenco said his goal this season is to win a state championship in his final year of high school wrestling. Shaun Scott, staff photo
Marenco is motivated to reach the mountaintop

Mount Si three-sport athlete wants to earn a state wrestling crown.

Seattle Seahawks legend Kam Chancellor, who played with the Seahawks from 2010-2017, will be making an appearance at the American Express Experience prior to the start of the Seattle Seahawks/Minnesota Vikings Monday Night football game. Chancellor will be interacting with fans signing autographs and posing for photos. All Seattle Seahawks Pro Shops in Seattle will offer a 20 percent discount on Tuesday, Dec. 11 for any American Express Card members using their Amex card for in-store purchases. Photo courtesy of the Seattle Seahawks
Catching up with Kam

Sportswriter Shaun Scott talks with Seahawks legend Kam Chancellor about his life away from football.

Heaps of height, team togetherness on the hardwood

Mount Si girls aim to reach league playoffs.