High School Sports

Sehome boys dominate 2A district race

Neither the mud nor the rest of the Class 2A District 1 Meet field could prevent the Sehome boys’ cross country team from running away with a championship Saturday, Nov. 1, at South Whidbey.

Forget relying on finishing as a top-four team to bring the whole squad to state, all seven Mariners runners would have qualified on individual merit.

Four Mariners finished inside the top 10, and all seven ran well enough to break the 20-runner automatic state-qualifying threshold, as Sehome handily won the meet with 38 points.

And Sehome did it with two of its top runners watching the action.

“We sat back, ran a very conservative race,” Mariners coach Kevin Ryan said in a phone interview. “The boys ran really well. ... Kirby (Overman) was third, and Ben Stalheim and Sam Gillman ran really well, too.”

Overman was Sehome’s top finisher, crossing the line in 16 minutes, 38.53 seconds. Gillman was fifth (16:57.72), Stalheim took seventh (17:02.81), Colton Johnsen placed ninth (17:10.78), Patrick Lisosky finished 13th (17:17.98), Tyler Caseria was 17th (17:32.40) and Matt Karcher was 18th (17:34.64).

Ryan chose to rest both Riley Allsop and Bryce Johnson, as they prepare for next week’s state race.

“That is the depth of our team,” Ryan said, when asked what placing seven runners within the top 18 speaks to. “They have all pushed each other all year. It doesn’t matter which seven run, as long as the team runs well.”

The Red Raiders also put together a strong race. Bellingham, which coach Bill McClement admitted is going through a rebuilding year, finished just six points away from claiming a team state berth.

Bellingham finished fifth overall with 130 points, barely trailing fourth-place Cedarcrest.

Nonetheless, to nearly reach state was a phenomenal feat, McClement said.

“I don’t think anybody in the league or district expected that we would end up six points away from qualifying for state,” said the Bellingham coach in a phone interview.

The Red Raiders will be represented at state, though. Freshman Cade Brown took eighth place, finishing the run in 17:07.35.

Both Squalicum’s Chais Sugden and Blaine’s Parker Morris also qualified. Sugden took 14th with a time of 17:22.22, and Morris’ 17:22.46 was good for 15th place.

CLASS 2A NORTHWEST DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIPS

5,000 meters

At South Whidbey

Team scores: 1. Sehome 38, 2. Lakewood 88, 3. Anacortes 103, 4. Cedarcrest 124, 5. Bellingham 130, 6. Shorecrest 139, 7. Burlington-Edison 140, 8. Squalicum 185, 9. Sedro-Woolley 278, 10. Archbishop Murphy 295, 11. Granite Falls 305, 12. Blaine 308, 13. Lynden 325.

Top finishers: 1. Douglas Davis (Lakewood) 16:23.48, 2. Dylan Holland 16:26.20, 3. Kirby Overman (Sehome) 16:38.53, 4. Wyatt Mullen (Burlington-Edison) 16:50.52, 5. Alex Cooper (Lakewood) 16:55.80.

Sehome: 3. Kirby Overman 16:38.53, 6. Sam Gillman 16:57.72, 7. Ben Stalheim 17:02.81, 9. Colton Johnsen 17:10.78; 13. Patrick Lisosky 17:17.98, 17. Tyler Caseria 17:32.40, 18. Matt Karcher 17:34.64.

Bellingham: 8. Cade Brown 17:07.35, 27. Andrew Twedt 18:03.72, 28. Ty Veldhuisen 18:04.21, 29. Nicholas Leishman 18:05.50, 38. Jackson Zerba 18:23.27, 73. Jonah Short-Miller 19:45.42, 76. Ming Yin 19:59.45.

Squalicum: 14. Chais Sugden 17:22.22, 30. Ian Tomberlin 18:09.06, 33. Dylan Tomberlin 18:12.16, 41. Malachi Arnold 18:27.98, 67. Ethan Behee 19:33.73, 68. Chuck Dvorachek 19:34.58, 77. Espen Stalder 20:03.29.

Blaine: 15. Parker Morris 17:22:46, 60. Greg Arps 19:06.41, 70. Charlie Baldwin 19:36.64, 80. Spenser Dodge 20:20.44, 83. Samuel Welch 20:31.51, 88. Alex Dodge 21:25.20, 89. Andrew Bullock 23:10.62.

Lynden: 40. Jacob Heeringa 18:23.94, 46. Roscoe Perry 18:37.31, 78. Ian Witecki 20:05.80, Josiah Diacogiannis 20:07.26, 82. Keaton Hanson 20:30.24, 84. Cole Crabtree 20:34.72, 87. Caleb Sterk 21:20.86.

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