By Pierre LaBossiere
Peninsula Daily News
SEQUIM — The Port Angeles girls got some crucial contributions from their younger runners and the Forks girls completely dominated as both squads won their respective league’s cross-country championships.
The Roughrider girls had five runners in the top 13 spots, including three sophomores and a freshmen, in the Olympic League Championships held Thursday at Cedars at Dungeness. Meanwhile, the Forks girls had all six of the top spots, including winner Enid Ensastegui, and 11 out of the top 18 at the Evergreen 1A League championship, held at Lake Sylvia outside of Montesano.
Forks’ Samuel Gomez also won the boys’ race, helping the Spartan boys finish second in league.
Port Angeles’ Gracie Long, winner of all but one race earlier this year was fighting illness and didn’t have her best race at Dungeness, finishing 13th, but the Roughriders’ deep squad was still able to pull out a team win. Freshman Lauren Larson finished second at 19 minutes, 47.64 seconds, beaten only by North Kitsap freshman phenom Madison Zosa, who won with a time of 19:18.64.
The Riders’ Madelyn Doughtery was fourth with a time of 20:32.04, while sophomore Ella Holland was sixth for Port Angeles at 20:57.24 and Kathryn Guttormsen, another freshman, was 10th at 21:43.50. In fact, the Roughriders had eight runners in the top 22 spots, including six freshmen and sophomores.
Among other local schools, Ally Bradley of Port Townsend was 14th with a time of 22:00.25 and Sequim’s Kaitlyn Viada was 24th at 22:52.14.
Port Angeles won with 35 team points, a fair margin above second-place Kingston’s 68. Port Townsend was sixth at 142 points and Sequim seventh at 191.
In the boys’ race, Sequimfinished second as a team with 62 team points as the Wolves placed four runners in the top 13. They were edged out for the league crown by Klahowya with 47 points. Port Townsend was fourth with 99 points and Port Angeles fifth with 115.
The best local time was turned in by Nathan Cantrell of Port Townsend, who finished second with a time of 16:50.86, just nine seconds behind winner Lucas Becker of Klahowya. Cantrell’s teammate Gabe Petrick finished fifth with a time of 17:20.00.
Sequim’s Murray Bingham led the Wolves, finishing sixth with a time of 17:22.60. His teammates Liam Byrne, Alec Shingleton and Jazen Bartee finished 11th, 12th and 13th.
Port Angeles’ best time was by Thomas Shaw at 17:53.67, good for 17th. His teammates Cameron Butler and Gabe Long were right alongside him, finishing 19th and 21st respectively.
Forks at Evergreen 1A
MONTESANO — Forks had a spectacular meet at the Evergreen 1A championships, with winners in both the boys and girls races and nine runners in the top 10 in the boys and girls races, respectively.
Enstastegui won the girls’ race, her seventh win of the year, in a time of 20:34. Marissa Bailey was second, Madelyn Archibald third, Karen Ensastegui fourth, Melisa Galindo fifth and Sylvia Torres sixth, all from Forks.
The Spartans had a perfect 15 points in the win, cruising past Hoquiam (60 points.)
For the boys, Forks’ Gomez won with a time of 17:53, a personal record. He fended off two Montesano runners who were right behind him to win. Luis Perez finished seventh and Hugo Sandoval eighth for the Spartans, while Matthew Larson was 12th.
Montesano, which had the second- through sixth-place runners, won with 20 team points to Forks’ 51. Elma was third with 76 points.
Olympic League Cross Country Championship
Thursday, Oct. 19
Cedars at Dungeness, Sequim
Port Angeles, Port Townsend, Sequim results
Team scores— Klahowya 47, Sequim 62, North Kitsap 69, Port Townsend 99, Port Angeles 115, Kingston 134, Olympic 169, Bremerton 230, North Mason 232.
Local individuals — Nathan Cantrell, PT, second, 16:50.86; Gabe Petrick, PT, fifth, 17:20.00; Murray Bingham, Sequim, sixth, 17:22.60 Sequim; Liam Byrne, Sequim, 11th, 17:40.59; Alec Shingleton. Sequim, 12th, 17:41.53; Jazen Bartee, Sequim, 13th, 17:44.55; Thomas Shaw, PA, 17th, 17:53.67; Cameron Butler, PA, 19th, 17:56.21; Eli Gish, Sequim, 20th, 17:56.80; Gabriel Long, PA, 21st, 17:57.40; Adam Borde, PA, 23rd, 18:00.80; Seamus Fraser, PT, 26th, 18:10.44; Kincaid Gould, PT, 27th, 18:12.45; Aj Fischer, PA, 36th, 18:51.22; Jesus Duran, PT, 42nd, 19:02.18; Logan Tyson, PA, 43rd, 19:02.37; Aron Trubow, PA, 44th, 19:04.27; Trillium DeWyse, PT, 53rd, 19:35.81; Jakob Pyeatt, Sequim, 55th, 19:43.87; Ian Linn-Glasgow, PT, 58th, 20:00.96.
Team scores— Port Angeles 35, Kingston 68, Klahowya 81, North Kitsap 97, North Mason 137, Port Townsend 142, Sequim 191, Olympic 197.
Local individuals — Lauren Larson, PA, second, 19:47.64; Madelyn Dougherty, fourth, PA, 20:32.04; Ella Holland, PA, sixth, 20:57.24; Kathryn Guttormsen, PA, 10th, 21:43.50; Gracie Long, PA, 13th, 21:57.36; Ally Bradley, PT, 14th, 22:00.25; Alisandra Baccus, PA, 16th, 22:07.90; Anika Avelino, PT, 18th, 22:20.21; Ellie Hiigel, PA, 19th, 22:23.56; Jada Cargo-Acosta, PA, 22nd, 22:42.68; Aliyah Parson, PT, 23rd, 22:44.00; Kaitlyn Viada, Sequim, 24th, 22:52.14; Jessica German, Sequim, 35th, 23:58.91; Rachel Matthes, PT, 36th, 23:59.35; Alyssa Benedict, PA, 37th, 24:06.92; Vita Olson, Sequim, 39th, 24:13.69; Katie Cobb, PA, 40th, 24:28.59; Maxine Waddell, PA, 41st, 24:28.85; Nathalie Arreguin, Sequim, 57th, 26:18.66; Emily Silva, Sequim, 58th, 26:45.52; Victoria Krause, PA, 64th, 27:53.06; Telicia Busby, Sequim, 67th, 28:05.26; Anna Daly, PA, 73rd, 28:47.29; Busby Maria, Sequim, 75th, 29:09.68; Lillian Hickey, PA, 77th, 29:41.79; Erin Fenton, PT, 79th, 30:09.35; Skylar Stekly, PT, 81st, 32:28.24.
Forks at Evergreen 1A Cross Country Championship
Thursday, Oct. 19
Lake Sylvia, Montesano
Team Scores — Montesano, first, 20; Forks, second, 51; Elma, third, 76; Hoquiam, fourth, 96; Tenino, fifth, 132.
Forks individuals — Samuel Gomez, first, 17:53; Luis Perez, seventh, 18:28; Hugo Sandoval, eighth, 18:44; Matthew Larson, 12th, 19:34; William Jeronimo, 26th, 21:52; Miguel Ramirez, 33rd, 22:27; Rueban Tejano, 35th, 23:07; Zach Johansen, 39th, 25:29.
Team Scores — Forks, first, 15; Hoquiam, second, 60; Montesano, third, 63.
Forks individuals — Enid Ensastegui, first, 20:34; Marissa Bailey, second, 21:22; Madelyn Archibald, third, 22:07; Karen Ensastegui, fourth, 22:57; Melisa Galindo, fifth, 23:13; Sylvia Torres, sixth, 24:02; Chelsea Biciunas, 11th, 24:27; Kayleen Bailey, 14th, 25:38; Macy Luong, 15th, 25:52; Savannah Meyer, 17th, 26:13; Sage Baar, 18th, 26:15; Brynn Peterson, 23rd, 26:51.