High School Sports

Sehome Mariners boys’ cross country preview

Coaches: Kevin Ryan & Nic Castona

Last year: Finished second at the Northwest Conference Championships. Placed third at the Class 2A District 1/2 meet. Won a Class 2A state title and had one runner place in the top 20.

Returning state participants: Kirby Overman (sr.); Riley Allsop (jr.); Colton Johnsen (jr.); Ben Stalheim (sr.); Zane Markosian (sr.)

Others to watch: Sam Gillman (jr.); Patrick Lisosky (sr.); Tyler Caseria (sr.): Bryce Johnson (so.); Logan Franey (so.); Matt Karcher (so.)

Outlook: Five of Sehome’s 2013 Class 2A State Championship runners return this fall, and Ryan admitted the Mariners are again a loaded group. “We are a really deep team this year,” Ryan said in a phone interview. “We’re just having a great work ethic, and it’s really helping with the workouts. It’s just a really deep crew.” Seniors Overman, Stalheim and Markosian are three of those state returners, and they’ll surely provide strong leadership. Juniors Johnsen and Allsop are also back from strong state meets. With so much talent, it seems nearly all top seven varsity spots will be up for grabs. New in the mix is junior Gillman and seniors Lisosky and Caseria. “I know it will be a bloodbath for the top-seven spots,” Ryan said. “Having the right attitude and work ethic is great, and everyone is pulling for each other.”