PASCO — A trio of North Olympic Peninsula runners placed in the top 10 in their respective races at the state cross-country meet and the Port Angeles girls for the second-straight year finished in the top 10 in the state as a team.
Port Angeles’ Lauren Larson finished fifth in the state with a time of 18 minutes, 41.2 seconds to go along with her fourth-place finish last year. She just edged out Sequim’s Riley Pyeatt, who finished sixth with a time of 18:46.1. Pyeatt is the Olympic League 2A and West Central District III 2A champion.
Port Townsend’s Nathan Cantrell finished seventh in the boys 1A race with a time of 16:20.7.
Larson shaved more than 20 seconds off her fourth-place time from 2018. Pyeatt finished 13th in 2018 and she cut nearly 50 seconds off her 2019 time. Cantrell, meanwhile, finished 19th at the 2018 meet and he shaved about 40 seconds off his time from last year.
Larson is a junior and Pyeatt a sophomore so they very well might be back at state next year. Two of the girls who finished ahead of them are seniors. Cantrell is a senior.
The Port Angeles girls had three girls in the top 90 runners. Kynzie DeLeon finished 21st with a time of 19:34.20 and Ella Holland was 86th with a time of 21:33.40. The Riders’ Kathryn Guttormsen was 106th with a time of 22:04.30 and Jenna McGoff was 118th with a time of 22:22.90.
That gave the Riders 236 team points, good for ninth. Port Angeles actually tied Anacortes in points, but was awarded ninth because the Anacortes runners had a better average time. In 2018, the girls finished eighth in the state.
The Port Angeles boys, mostly made up of freshmen and sophomores, finished 12th in the state as a team, improving on last year’s 16th-place finish. The Riders got two runners in the top 50 — Adam Borde, who finished 45th with a time of 16:47.0 and Jack Gladfelter, who was 49th with a time of 16:49.0.
Also picking up solid points for Port Angeles were the Riders’ lone senior Thomas Shaw, 84th (17:139) and Naaman McGuffey, 106th (17:26.5).
The best finishes from other schools were Port Townsend’s Anika Avelino, who finished 34th in the 1A girls race with a time of 20:13.3, Madelyn Archibald of Forks, who finished 50th in the same race (20:54.3) and Chimacum’s Rachel Matthes, 54th in the 1A girls race (21:02.2).
Among the boys, Forks’ Wesley Camacho finished 64th in the 1A boys’ race with a time of 17:27.7.
Complete state results:
Sehome, first, 89; Steilacoom, second, 105; Ellensburg, third, 114; Bellingham, fourth, 133; Sedro-Woolley, fifth, 170; Columbia River, sixth, 173; Cheney, seventh, 182; Tumwater, eighth, 237; Selah, ninth, 250; Ridgefield, 10th, 251; Pullman, 11th, 269; Port Angeles, 12th, 287; Renton, 13th, 289; Washougal, 14th, 320; North Kitsap, 15th, 327; Lindbergh, 16th, 330.
Adam Borde, Port Angeles, 45th, 16:47.0; Jack Gladfelter, PA, 49th, 16:49.0; Thomas Shaw, PA, 84th, 17:13.9; Naaman McGuffey, PA, 106th, 17:26.5; Max Baeder, PA, 145th, 18:03.5; Joshua Gavin, PA, 146th, 18:05.3; Langdon Larson, PA 156th, 18:28.1
Ellensburg, first, 83; Bellingham, second, 102; Sehome, third, 107; West Valley (Spokane), fourth, 107; Selah, fifth, 192; Pullman, sixth, 192; Liberty (Issaquah), seventh, 201; Anacortes, eighth, 236; Port Angeles, ninth, 236; Tumwater, 10th, 242; Hockinson, 11th, 244; White River, 12th, 276; Wahsougal, 13th, 288; Washington 14th, 333; North Kitsap, 15th, 359; Steilacoom, 16th, 437.
Lauren Larson, PA, fifth, 18:41.2; Riley Pyeatt, Sequim sixth, 18:46.1; Kynzie DeLeon, PA, 21st, 19:34.2; Ella Holland, PA, 86th, 21:33.4; Kathryn Guttormsen, PA, 106th, 22:04.3; Jenna McGoff, PA, 118th, 22:22.9; Anastasia Updike, Sequim, 119th, 22:23.2; Jessica German, Sequim, 136th, 23:03.4; Emma Weaver, PA, 142nd, 23:41.2; Gracie Townsend, PA, 145th, 23:54.6.
Nathan Cantrell, Port Townsend, seventh, 16:20.7; Wesley Camacho, Forks, 64th, 17:27.7; Kincaid Gould, PT, 77th, 17:35.0; Matthew Larson, Forks, 112th, 18:08.3; Colton Duncan, Forks, 150th, 19:33.1.
Anika Avelino, PT, 34th, 20:13.3; Madelyn Archibald, Forks, 50th, 20:54.3; Rachel Matthes, Chimacum, 54th, 21:02.7; Camryn Hines, PT, 100th, 21:56.5; Karen Ensastegui, Forks, 133rd, 23:13.7; Indigo Casad, PT, 145th, 25:15.1; Gina Brown, PT, 146th, 25:36.3.