Breaking down the state cross country meet

When: Saturday
Where: Sun Willows Golf Course, Pasco
Coaches poll: Here
Website: Here.
Past results: Here.
Schedule: B girls, 10 a.m.; 1A girls, 10:30 a.m.; 2A girls 11 a.m.; B boys 11:30 a.m.; 1A boys, noon; 3A girls, 12:30 p.m.; 4A girls, 1 p.m.; 2A boys, 1:30 p.m.; 3A boys, 2 p.m.; 4A boys, 2:30 p.m.
Class 4A
Local entrants: South Kitsap girls qualified as a team — Paxton DePoe, Kristina Ihlen, Breann Ewing, Eva Knowles, Brielle Smith, Emily Nass, Cassandra Hebert. Jacob Simon, SK boys.
Outlook: The SK girls take a team with four freshman, a sophomore and a junior to state. The Gig Harbor boys are two-time defending champs, but are ranked 10th in the coaches poll. The Camas girls are ranked No. 1 and looking for a third straight title.
Class 3A
Local entrants: Central Kitsap qualified both its boys (Cameron Carroll, Jason Gordon, Aidan Anderson, Christian Schwieterman, Luke Arnold, Bluke Trujillo, Caleb Giesbrecht) and girls (Molly Fischer, Mackenzie Claeys, Mya King, Sophia Kohler, Lucinda King, McKenzie Perkes, Julia Claeys) teams.
Outlook: The Central Kitsap boys are ranked fourth in state and they have a podium (top-four finish) in mind. They took fifth last year. Cougars think they can challenge for state title, but they’ll have to get past North Central of Spokane, which is going for its 10th straight state title. The CK girls are headed to state for the fifth straight year and are ranked sixth. Bainbridge qualified its boys team (Ryan Cox, Sebastian Belkin, Johan Griesser, Carlo Ruggerio, Benn Scott, Devon Reynolds, Cole Brundige).
Class 2A
Local entrants: Boys, Sequim (Jackson Oliver, Brendon Despain, Ash Francis, Wendall Lorenzen, Chris Jeffko, CJ Daniels, Christian Ash) and Kingston (Alexander Winn, Tor Sather, Andrew Simon, Alexander Robertson, Henry Larson, Gerrad Morgan, Aaron Rovik) qualified as teams. Bremerton’s Jacob Burton and North Mason’s Jeremiah Lambert made it as individuals. Girls, Sequim (Waverly Shreffler, Audrey Shingleton, Kiara Pierson, Elizabeth Rosales, Emily Webb, Noelle Bittner, Alexis Cromer) mad it as a team. Kingston’s Claire Larson, North Kitsap’s Anneli Seaberg, Olympic’s Ahnalee Smestad and Port Angeles’ Madelyn Dougherty and Lael Butler made it as individuals.
Outlook: The Sequim boys are ranked No. 2 in the state. That’s where they finished last year and return all but one runner. They’ll have to knock off No. 1 Sehome, who is going for its fourth straight title. The Sehome girls are also going for four in a row.
Class 1A
Local entrants: Boys, Port Townsend’s River Yearian and Jake Vande Griend and Klahowya’s Kyle Daykin made it as individuals. Girls, Klahowya (Holly Rouse, Madison Godsey, Cassandra Pastori, Savannah Smith, Breanna Wischhoefer, Noemi Ventura, Jeanette Murphy) qualified as a team. Port Townsend’s Ally Bradley made it as an individual.
Outlook: The Klahowya girls are at state as a team for the first time since 2006. Rouse and Pastori went last year as individuals. Lakeside, ranked No. 4 in the girls poll, are looking for their third straight tile as are the Medical Lake boys, who are ranked second.
Class B
Local entrants: Crosspoint (Tyler Hoyle, Seth Huschka, Henry Moore, Jonas Berney, Joshua Lee, Solomon Moore, Chris VanYe) qualified as a team.
Outlook: The Crosspoint boys are headed to state for the seventh consecutive year. Their highest finish during that run at state is ninth, which they did twice. The are ranked ninth in the state coaches poll. The Northwest Christian girls are ranked No. 2 and looking for its 10th straight title. Two schools named Northwest Christian are ranked 1-2 for the boys. No. 1 is the school in Lacey and No. 2 is the school in Colbert (north of Spokane).

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