High School Sports

Meridian boys take seventh at 1A state cross country meet

The Meridian boys’ cross country team placed seventh at the Class 1A State Championships on Saturday, Nov. 7, at Pasco.

The Trojans scored 204 points, to finish behind state champion Deer Park’s 62 and just four points shy of sixth-place Charles Wright.

“We were solid from top to bottom,” Trojans coach Mike Holz said in a phone interview. “I think we could have four points in a number of different places to match the girls (in sixth).”

Holz was quite pleased with the runs by Kenny Barnes, who placed 25th in 17 minutes, 9.8 seconds and Nathan Schneider, who finished 62nd in 17:52.6.

“I’ve got to hand it to those guys,” Holz said. “They had great days to be our top two. ... We’re a really young team, and we bring back our top six next year. It looks very promising in terms of the team with our youthfulness.”

Derek Holz was 76th (18:05.7), while McKay Ross was 79th (18:07.6).

Lynden Christian’s Eric Steiger was the top placing Whatcom County finisher in 14th with a time of 16:41.5.

“He was three seconds out of 10th and four seconds away from finishing 18th and not even making the podium,” Lyncs coach Darren Postma said in a phone interview. “He was in a battle. He was in the top 15 for most of the race. ... He’s just a sophomore, and he ran a really smart race. He was engaged and trying to run tactically.”

Teammates Josh Lingbloom (38th in 17:27.5) and Brooks DeWaard (65th in 17:55.7) also had good days running as individuals.

Nooksack Valley’s Conner Jones finished 29th in 17:19.3, while Mount Baker’s Zak Kelly took 60th in 17:52.4.

Class 1A boys results

Runner

School

Pl.

Time

Eric Steiger

Lynden Christian

14

16:41.5

Kenny Barnes

Meridian

25

17:09.8

Conner Jones

Nooksack Valley

29

17:19.3

Josh Lingbloom

Lynden Christian

38

17:27.5

Zak Kelly

Mount Baker

60

17:52.4

Nathan Schneider

Meridian

62

17:52.6

Brooks DeWaard

Lynden Christian

65

17:55.7

Derek Holz

Meridian

76

18:05.7

McKay Ross

Meridian

79

18:07.6

Bailey Hodge

Meridian

90

18:23.3

Zac Kinney

Meridian

104

18:39.3

Kent Zander

Meridian

140

19:43.1

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