The city school cross county meet on Wednesday, Sept. 26, ended with two Sehome wins at Lake Padden Park. Sehome, Bellingham and Squalicum all competed for top honors among city schools and even Lummi got to add some runners to the mix.
“It went well,” Squalicum coach Katrina Henry said in a phone interview. “It was a really good atmosphere with all the schools coming together. It was awesome that Lummi was able to come and promote their team and get opportunties to run.”
Sehome’s boys’ team dominated the top of the runners, snagging four of the top five spots and eight of the top 10.
Kirby Overman led the charge with a 13-minute, 19-second run over 2.6 miles. Bellingham’s Cade Brown snuck in at No. 2, only 10 seconds behind the Mariner runner.
It was Sam Gillman (13:29), Colton Johnsen (13:47), Ben Stalheim (13:59) and Alex Schneider (14:00) rounding out the top six and completing Sehome’s scoring runners.
Bellingham’s boys finished with 48 team points compared to Sehome’s 19. Aside from Brown, the Red Raiders got scoring runs from Nicholas Leishman (14:51), Andrew Twedt (14:55), Jackson Zerba (15:10) and Ty Veldhuisen (15:23).
“Both Bellingham and Sehome have had really strong programs over the years,” Henry said. “They consistently perform.”
Squalicum’s boys finished with 72 team points and were led by Chais Sugden’s 14:15. Scoring runners for the Storm also included Ian and Dylan Tomberlin, who both came in at 15:25, along with Ethan Behee (15:40) and Espen Stalder (16:32). Lummi’s Enrique Medina finish 11th individually.
Sehome wasn’t nearly as dominant in the girls but still finished with four of the top five individual runners. Bellingham took second with 34 points to Sehome’s 21 and Squalicum took the rear with 79 points.
Sehome’s Emily Pittis (15:39) and Abby Johnson (16:08) finished 1-2 for the Mariners, whose top five also included Maya Smith (16:13), Jessa Clark (16:29) and Aili Emory (16:50).
Leah Veldhuisen (16:12) led Bellingham with a third-place finish. She was followed by Quincy Gale (16:33), Julia Latimer (16:38), Madeline Prentiss (16:42) and Abby Walker (17:09).
Squalicum’s Grace Oswin (17:31) led the Storm and Sophia Regimbal (18:22), Sydney Arndorfer (19:20), Hailey Linville (19:37) and Jordan Sims (19:55) were all strong contributors.
“Chais and Grace did really well,” Henry said. “Everybody on the team so far has been really stepping up. We just have a lot of PRs and everyone seems to be having fun.”
At Lake Padden Park
At Lake Padden park