PORT ANGELES — Port Angeles cross country runners rolled past North Mason and Olympic counterparts in a three-team Olympic League meet at Lincoln Park on Wednesday.
The Roughriders won the girls race with 18 points, well beyond the reach of the Bulldogs (48) and Trojans (76).
Port Angeles girls claimed six of the top seven finishes and the Riders had eight of the top-10 placers.
Junior Lauren Larson claimed her sixth race victory of the season in seven outings with a time of 18 minutes, 46.3 seconds.
Senior teammate Kynzie DeLeon set a personal record in the 5,000-meter (3.1-mile) race in 18:53.4. It was DeLeon’s third personal record of the fall — she broke her previous 2-mile best in the Eagle Jamboree and her 3-mile time at the Salt Creek Invitational in September.
Junior Kathyrn Guttormsen was fourth in 22:07.90 for the Riders and Ella Holland (22:34.92), Emma Weaver (22:34.92) and Jenna McGoff (22:35.2) placed fifth-through-seventh for Port Angeles.
Gracie Townsend rounded out the Riders’ top-10 runners with a time of 22:56.83.
In the boys race, Port Angeles posted seven top-1o finishes to total 20 points and best North Mason (42) and Olympic (78).
The Riders were led by junior Adam Borde’s second-place time of 16:52.67.
North Mason’s Noah Hasselblad won the meet handily in 16:08.45.
Riders’ freshman Jack Gladfelter was third (16:59.26), senior Thomas Shaw fourth in 17:11.47 and sophomores Naaman McGuffey (17:22.12) and Joshua Gavin (17:26.17) placed fifth and sixth, respectively.
Sophomore Lucas Gavin (18:15.5) and freshman Langdon Larson (18:15.71) were eighth and ninth to round out Port Angeles’ top-10 runners.
The Riders will compete in the 36th annual Nike Hole In The Wall Invitational at Lakewood on Saturday.
Avelino wins for PT
KINGSTON — Port Townsend senior Anika Avelino edged North Kitsap’s Madison Zosa by three seconds to claim the top individual finish in a three-team meet Wednesday at Heritage County Park in Kingston.
Avelino won the 3.1-mile race in 21:58, ahead of Zosa, the sixth-place finisher at the 2018 Class 2A state meet.
The Vikings won the team portion of the girls meet with 31 points, better than the Redhawks’ 44 and ahead of Kingston’s 53.
Rachel Matthes, a Chimacum athlete who competes for Port Townsend, was third in 22:19. Freshman Camryn Hines was seventh for the Redhawks (24:57).
Port Townsend senior Kincaid Gould was fifth (18:48.2) to lead the Redhawks in the boys race. North Kitsap’s Max Metters claimed the individual victory and the Vikings also won the team portion with 21 points, better than Kingston (53) and Port Townsend (57).
Junior Eli Lupton (19:21) and sophomore Max Allworth-Miles (19:29) rounded out the top 10 for the Redhawks.
Port Townsend will compete in the Hole in the Wall Invitational on Saturday at Lakewood.
Pyeatt first for Sequim
BREMERTON — Sequim sophomore Riley Pyeatt won a 2-mile race by 35 seconds over her closest competitor Wednesday at NAD Park.
Pyeatt finished the meet in 12:44 and the Wolves placed second as a team (42 points), behind Klahowya (20).
Sequim junior Jessica German was eighth in 15:09.
The Wolves finished second as a team in the boys race with 44 points, behind Klahowya’s 18 and ahead of Bremerton (78).
Junior Eli Gish’s fifth-place finish in 11:50 led the Wolves.
Junior Kaleb Needoba was seventh in 12:03 and sophomore Koda Robinson ended up ninth (12:21).
North Kitsap 5, Port Angeles 2
PORT ANGELES — Port Angeles hosted North Kitsap in a matchup of the top two boys tennis teams in the Olympic League and the Vikings won what coach Brian Gundersen described as a “hotly contested match.”
Gundersen added that the Roughriders had their opportunities, sending two matches to the third set, but came up just short.
“We’ve made a lot of progress and we were knocking on the door, but just couldn’t get over the top,” said Gundersen.
Winning for Port Angeles was the No. 3 doubles team of Damon Gundersen and Michael Soule, as well as No. 3 singles player Landon Seibel.
Port Angeles, now 9-2, wrapped a busy week with a match at Kingston late Thursday.
Sequim 6, Kingston 1
SEQUIM — The Wolves held serve in an Olympic League victory over the Buccaneers on Wednesday.
Sequim (5-4) visited Bremerton late Thursday and will be busy next week with matches scheduled each day Monday through Thursday.
Sequim 6, Kingston 1
No. 1: Nico Zingaro (S) def. Ryan Guedea (K) 6-0, 6-0.
No. 2: Elia Guedea (K) def. Ryan Tolberd (S) 1-6, 7-5, 10-8.
No. 3: Connor Bear (S) def. Garrett McDaniel (K) 6-4, 6-0.
No. 1: Dustin Koch/Henry Hughes (S) def. Joe Horner/Daniel Horner (K) 6-4, 6-4.
No. 2: Sam Frymyer/Brenton Barnes (S) def. Terefa Rutherford/Carson Nyman (K) 7-6 (7-2), 6-4.
No. 3: Dallin Despain/Jackson VanDeWege (S) def. Schuyler Berger/Marshall Fitzpatrick (K) 7-5, 6-4.
No. 4: Silas Thomas/Zach McCracken (S) def. Max Shane/Noah Walters (K) 6-2, 6-1.
Montesano 3, Forks 1
MONTESANO — The Spartans (2-1, 7-2) suffered their first Evergreen League defeat of the season, falling 25-22, 18-25, 25-13 and 25-20 to the Bulldogs.
Forks will host league-leading Elma (3-0, 7-2) for a Cancer Awareness game Tuesday.
Sports reporter/columnist Michael Carman can be contacted at 360-417-3525 or [email protected]