Sehome wins 2A girls' cross country state title; Bellingham second; Mount Baker fifth in 1A


The Sehome girls' cross country team successfully defending its Class 2A state title and won its seventh championship in eight years on Saturday, Nov. 9, at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco.

Two-time defending individual champion Emily Pittis was unseated by Burlington-Edison's RaynJoy Norton, but the Mariners still had all five scoring runners finish in the top 23 and all seven runners in the top 40, overall.

Pittis led the way with her second-place finish, while fresham Ellie Rowan-Arnett was third. Freshman Ruby Watson was sixth, while Jessa Clark was 16th and Aili Emory was 23rd.

Bellingham also had a strong showing, placing second to the Mariners for the second straight year. All five Bellingham scoring runners finished in the top 45, led by Leah Veldhuisen's 17th-place finish. Abby Walker was 24th, Maya Norton 28th, Madelin Prentiss 29th and Julia Latimer 44th.

Times were not posted.

Sehome scored 31 points, while Bellingham beat out Captial 88-99 for second.

The Mount Baker girls cross country team placed fifth at the Class 1A State Championships, thanks in part to a fifth-place finish by Kelsie Nern.

Chynna Phan was the second Mountaineer runner to cross the finish line in 25th place. Times were not yet posted for the 1A girls.

Meridian (seventh) and Lynden Christian (eight) also earned top-eight finishes at the state meet.

Squalicum's Chris Fredlund placed third in the 2A boys' race in 15 minutes, 41 seconds.

Meridian's Collin Magnusson finished sixth in the 1A boys' race in 16:23.2 to help the Trojans to a third-place finish behind Medical Lake and La Center. Davis Phillips was 13th for the Trojans.

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