With their home turf underwater, the Cedarcrest High School cross country team had to change its plans Thursday, Oct. 19, for hosting the Cascade Conference Championships. Coaches Bruce McDowell and Dean Vergillo improvised a temporary 5K course at the nearby Tolt Middle School to host the meet.
In the girls race, McDowell said, “We knew that it was going to be a close battle with Kings but had a hope that our depth would help us in the end.”
It did, and the girls team won the title by 11 points. This was their 10th straight conference title, McDowell noted.
Six Cedarcrest girls placed in the top 14: Elsie Dombek, second; Kelly Hall, fourth; and Alicia Krivanek, seventh, were named to the All-Cascade Conference First Team. Kate Vergillo, eighth, Mary Cate Babcock, 11th, and Aryia Farnworth, 14th, were named to the All-Cascade Conference Second Team.
Cedarcrest’s boys team was the favorite going into the race, McDowell said, and they didn’t disappoint, claiming the win over Kings for their sixth conference title in the past eight years.
Seven Cedarcrest boys placed in the top 14: Grant Van Valkenburg, second; Ben Benson, third; and Emmett Klaiber, sixth, were named to the All-Cascade Conference First Team. Bryce Hefner, 10th, Ryan LaTurner, 12th, Justin Young, 13th, and Brady Shaw, 14th, were named to the All-Cascade Conference Second Team.
Athletes of the Meet were Bryce Hefner, Patrick McCabe, Trail Sammarco, Ethan Ellis, Kelly Hall, Aryia Farnworth and Ellie Hegewald.
Full meet results can be found at https://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/Results/Meet.aspx?Meet=132432#/394