MARYSVILLE — Several Olympic Peninsula cross-country athletes had strong showings in the prestigious Nike Hole in the Wall Cross-Country 5K Invitational held Saturday at Lakewood High School.
The Hole in the Wall features more than a thousand runners from all sizes of high schools from Washington and Oregon. Runners were separated into elite, gold, silver and various JV races.
The best showing was by East Jefferson’s Aliyah Yearian, who came in second place with a time of 19 minutes, 18.9 seconds in the women’s varsity silver race. Her teammate Camryn Hines came in eighth with a time of 19:54.5, and Sequim’s Kaitlyn Bloomenrader came in 18th (20:18.9).
The East Jefferson girls as a team finished seventh in the silver race with 271 points. Other East Jefferson finishers include Lia Poore, 79th (21:57.4), Tadu Dollarhide, 86th (22:02.4), Slvia Butterfield, 142nd (22:52.9), Fiona Fraser, 211th (24:06.3), Ava Vaughan-Mifsud, 226th (24:42.6). There were 252 runners in this race.
In the men’s varsity gold category, Port Angeles as a team finished third.
Jack Gladfelter had the top showing for the Roughriders, coming in fourth (16:58.5). The Riders’ Maxwell Baeder finished 20th (16:30.6), Joshua Gavin 42nd (16:59.0), Langdon Larson 63rd (17:09.3) and Naaman McGuffey 72nd (17:18.9).
Sequim’s Riley Pyeatt competed in the toughest “elite” category, going up against more than 100 of the best runners from 4A and 3A schools. (And 5A schools from Oregon). She was the only Olympic Peninsula athlete to compete at this difficult level.
Pyeatt finished 31st out of 138 runners with a time of 18:35.0. Her time would have won the women’s silver category and would have been good for fourth in the gold category.
The East Jefferson boys ran in the men’s varsity silver category, finishing 17th out of 44 teams. The Rivals placed two runners in the top 12.
Max Allworth-Miles led East Jefferson, coming in ninth with a time of 16:31.2. Teammate Sebastian Manza was right behind, coming in 12th with a time of 16:40.0. Glen Dawson was 68th (17:50.1) and Soare Johnston was 111th (18:11.5). Mark Anderson was 285th (20:44.5) and Indigo Gould was 287th (20:59.4).
Port Angeles’ Jason Gladfelter also ran in the silver race, finishing 96th with a time of 18:04.1.
In the JV races, Port Angeles’ Zakara Braun, running in the women’s JV silver category, finished ninth with a time of 22:22.0.
Sequim’s Calem Kilinger finished eighth (18:29.7) in the men’s JV silver race.
In the men’s JV bronze race, Port Angeles finished fifth as a team. Sean Lyman had the top time for the Riders, coming in 12th (20:07.1).
Other Port Angeles runners in this category included Hunter Statford, 28th (20:51.7); Zach Gavin, 61st (21:28.3); Blakley Nahory 73rd (21:38.5); Brock Tejada, 93rd (21:51.9); Caleb McLarty, 174th (22:59.0); Aiden Butterworth, 192nd (23:19.5); and Piers Davis, 247th (24:20.7).
East Jefferson had three runners in the men’s JV bronze race. Alexander Robison finished 261st (24:44.5); Tristan Herbig, 263rd (24:47.5) and Alex Lott, 350th (32:22.14).