For the second consecutive year, Bellingham’s Cade Brown and Annika Reiss swept the individual boys and girls titles at the Class 2A Bi-District Cross Country Championships Saturday at South Whidbey High School.
Reiss’ winning time of 18 minutes, 23.3 seconds on the 5,000-meter course helped the Red Raiders claim the team title, beating out second-place Sehome 58-75. Both teams qualified for next week’s state championships in Pasco, as the bi-district sent the top four finishing teams and any other individual placers in the top 28.
The two squads flip-flopped on the boys side, with the Mariners claiming the team title by a 60-83 count. Brown had a winning time of 15:55.26.
Blaine’s Jamie Good earned the bi-district’s final individual qualifying spot for state on the girls side by placing 28th in 21:15.60, while Lynden’s Tate Hutchins (sixth, 16:51.06), Roscoe Perry (17:02.94) and Isaiah Ellis (16th, 17:13.86) earned individual invitations on the boys side.
Sehome had three runners place in the top 10 to claim the boys title, as Reed Smith was fourth (16:35.33), Lucas Cunningham was eighth (16:58.69) and Jacob Alexander was ninth (17:00.31). Ty Veldhuisen was Bellingham’s next finisher behind Brown in 11th (17:01.34).
Lynden ended up placing fifth, 29 points short of Cedarcrest in fourth place. Blaine finished 14th and was led by Liam Lyons in 72nd (19:21.13).
Grace Much (20:16.83) and Livi Lackland Henry (20:17.35) joined Reiss in the top 10 to help the Red Raiders to the bi-district title. Sehome, meanwhile, was led by Rosie Kirker in fourth (19:52.05) and Aspen Allsop in 11th (20:33.95).
Blaine finished 11th, while Lynden was 13th and was led by Maggie Mussard in 66th (24:51.82).
The Meridian boys placed four runners in the top 11 to win the 1A bi-district title, beating out Northwest 71-85. The Trojans were led by Kenny Barnes in third (16:50.03), Abbas Theophilus in fifth (17:00.39), Jaskaran Dhatt in seventh (17:10.41) and Nathan Schneider in 11th (17:39.57).
Lynden Christian also qualified for state as a team, finishing fourth thanks to three runners finishing in the top 12 – Eric Steiger in second (16:39.03), Brooks DeWaard in sixth (17:00.80) and John DenHartog in 12th (17:40.76).
Nooksack Valley placed seventh and had three runners qualify for state individually – Arlin Holder in 15th (17:48.56), Nate Snow in 17th (17:51.27) and Logan Clabaugh in 27th (18:08.28).
Mount Baker finished 10th and was led by Ian Green in 30th (18:19.85).
The Meridian girls also qualified as a team, finishing third. They were led by Kendyl Otter in 16h (21:06.97) and Ashlee VanDenTop in 19th (21:20.68).
Nooksack Valley missed qualifying as a team by just four points, placing fifth, but the Pioneers had three runners qualify individually – Alyce Harlan in fourth (19:12.32), Brooke DeBeeld in 11th (20:49.78) and Lily Snow in 18th (21:12.51).
Mount Baker had a pair of runners qualify individual with 24th- and 25th-place finishes by Juliette Haggith (21:39.74) and Kali Cook (21:46.69). Lynden Christian finished 12th as a team and was led by Isabella Almile in 44th (22:57.22).
Only one Whatcom County runner qualified for state in 3A, as Ferndale freshman Jaclyn Denham finished 12th in the girls race in 20:10.00.
She helped the Golden Eagles place 11th as a team, while Squalicum finished one spot ahead and was led by Grace Oswin in 32nd (21:02.60).
On the boys side, Squalicum finished 11th and Ferndale was 13th. The Storm’s top finisher was Joe Brodeur in 33rd (17:33.67), while Landon Sturdevant paced the Golden Eagles in 57th (18:26.01).
Whatcom County state qualifiers
Class 3A girls
Class 2A girls
Livi Lackland Henry*
Class 2A boys
Class 1A girls
Class 1A boys
*Qualified as a member of a team. Team rosters can be changed for state championships.