Category Archives: Cross Country

SK AD Santos heading back to coaching ranks

The opening of a physical education position as well as the need for assistant coaches in both cross country and track and field prompted South Kitsap athletic director Ed Santos to resign from his administration position.

South Kitsap athletic director Ed Santos will return to coaching and teaching at the high school this fall. Santos will be a PE teacher and an assistant cross country coach.
South Kitsap athletic director Ed Santos will return to coaching and teaching at the high school this fall. Santos will be a PE teacher and an assistant cross country coach.

Santos also cited a change in his family’s situation, his youngest son is a recent South Kitsap graduate and will head to Whitworth University in Spokane in the fall to run cross country, also fueled his desire for a change.

It was something Santos had been considering for the last couple of years, citing the hectic schedule of an AD.

“No kids at home (now) with both in college and my wife is a teacher,” he said. “It’s a good time to spend with her.”

Santos is no stranger to coaching. Before spending 11 years as AD at South, he coached cross country at South for 18 years. He was inducted into the Washington State Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2007. Santos has been in the school district for 33 years and began teaching physical education at the elementary level, for 14 years, then high school for eight before becoming AD.

Santos doesn’t think too much has changed in teaching students to stay active.

“I don’t think it’s changed that much,” he said. “We still do a lot of the same things. I think relationships with kids is always my strong point. It will be a lot of fun, really looking forward to doing it.”

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).

Central Kitsap will try to defend district cross country title

The Central Kitsap boys cross country team is ranked fourth in the state in the coaches poll. The girls are ranked seventh.
For the boys, only Peninsula at No. 9 joins them in the rankings headed into the Westside Classic, the district cross country meets Saturday. The girls have no other teams in the rankings
The Classic, held annually at American Lake Golf Course in Lakewood, is the West Central District meet for Classes 4A down to 1A.
The CK boys won the won the Class 3A district title last year. The girls and boys won Narrows League 3A titles last week.
Here’s the schedule:
Class 1A girls, 10:30 a.m.; Class 2A girls, 11:05 a.m.; Class 1A boys, 11:40 a.m.; Class 2A boys 12:10 p.m.; Class 3A girls, 12:40 p.m.; Class 4A girls, 1:15 p.m.; Class 3A boys, 1:50 p.m.; Class 4A boys, 2:20 p.m.
Bainbridge will be at the Class 3A SeaKing District meet at Lower Woodland in Seattle. Crosspoint will be at the District 4 meet at Onalaska.

Reclassification cycle changing to four years instead of two

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s Representative Assembly passed nine amendments, including a significant change to the current two-year reclassification cycle.

The classification cycle amendment (Rule 4.1.0) is changing from every two years to every four years according to a press release from the WIAA on Friday. A school can appeal its classification after two years. A school can appeal due to significant decrease in enrollment, declining enrollment, an opening of a new school or unforeseen circumstances.

The current cycle is completing its first year this spring. The next reclassification cycle would be for the 2016-17 school year. That’s when the four-year cycle would begin.

The other three amendments that passed that deal strictly with high school sports were Rule 17.5.8D which now allows an athlete who is invited to participate in a national championship event the opportunity to be coached by their high school coach.

Rule 18.23.3 allows a high school student, who is not represented by a high school, to compete against a college team and maintain their amateur status. Rule 65.3.3 also gives 1B schools the choice for varsity volleyball matches to chose the number of games they play, best two-of-three, three-of-five and five-of five.

For a list of all amendments, you can click here. You can also find a podcast of the RA meeting here.


All-Olympic League cross country team

Coach of the year—Cheryl Gerardi, Port Angeles
All-league—Gracie Long, fr., Port Angeles; Waverly Shreffler, jr., Sequim; Annika Pederson, sr., Port Angeles; Willos Suess, jr., Port Angeles; Emily Webb, jr., Sequim; Cassandra Pastori, so., Klahowya; Hanna Trailer, sr., Port Townsend; Lael Butler, so., Port Angeles; Anneli Seaberg, fr., North Kitsap; Madelyn Doughterty, fr., Port Angeles.
Coach of the year—Harold Huff, Sequim
All-league—Ryan Clarke, sr., Port Townsend; Brendon Despain, jr., Sequim; Jackson Oliver, jr., Sequim; Mikey Cobb, sr., Sequim; CJ Daniels, jr., Sequim; Peter Ohnstad, sr., Sequim; Trent Mazelli, sr., Klahowya; Peter Butler, sr., Port Angeles; Logan Dean, jr., Olympic; Simon Shindler, sr., Port Angeles.