Wednesday, September 16, 2015
The answer to the question regarding Skyview has now been answered, as returning #1 runner Chanse Gilbert ran his first race since State XC last fall. He finished fourth in the double-dual meet against Union and Battle Ground to help his team win 22-39 over Union and 15-49 over Battle Ground.
In other 4A GSHL news, there has finally been a news story in regards to how the 4A District IV teams will qualify for state. You can read all the details here, but to summarize the Columbian story: XC and Track are combining with District III (sending to the regional meet the top 3 teams/15 individuals in XC, top 3 individuals in track) and just about every other sport is in some kind of special arrangement with the KingCo (District II) where the top team from KingCo qualifies automatically and the #2 and 3 teams from KingCo square off against the #2 and #1 teams from the GSHL for the other two spots to state. I don't remember seeing a situation where a District combines with different districts like this before, but it's better than nothing.
The Cheiftan (OR) Invitational XC results still aren't posted anywhere that I've seen, so I guess we won't get a good read on Crater (and therefore the Oregon 5A scene) until they show up at the Bob Firman Invite in Boise ID in a couple of weeks. That, by the way, is shaping up to be a GREAT meet once again: many of the top teams from Washington are travelling there this year, as well as Bozeman (Montana), Crater and Hermiston from Oregon, the best teams in Wyoming, the usual Idaho and Utah schools, plus two SoCal powerhouses in Great Oak and Redondo Union.
Sunday, September 13, 2015
North Central debuted an extended course at their Tracy Walters Invitational this weekend, and as usual their top athlete came away with the win as Justin Janke ran 15:51 to beat Jesuit’s Joshua Schumacher and Kamiakin’s Phillip Fishburn, who both crossed in 16:05. There was plenty of other great races in the PNW this weekend as Northwest Christian-Lacey’s Luke Schilter (11:28.4) and then Issaquah’s Kennan Schrag (11:27.0) took turns setting the course record at the Capital Invitational, and Sheldon’s Jackson Mestler (15:22.8) took down Camas WA’s Yacine Guermali (15:25.5) as both went under the previous course record at the Ash Creek Invitational.
Here are the top 25 ratings this weekend:
185.3 - Justin Janke - 12 - North Central - Tracy Walters WA #1
183.5 - Jackson Mestler - 12 - Sheldon - Ash Creek OR #1
183.1 - James Mwaura - 10 - Lincoln - Bellarmine WA #1
182.5 - Yacine Guermali - 11 - Camas - Ash Creek OR #2
182.0 - Nathan Beamer - 12 - Arlington - Sehome WA #1
182.0 - Kennan Schrag - 12 - Issaquah - Capital WA #1
181.3 - Luke Schilter - 11 - NW Christian-Lacey - Capital WA #2
180.6 - Joshua Schumacher - 10 - Jesuit - Tracy Walters WA #2
180.6 - Phillip Fishburn - 12 - Kamiakin - Tracy Walters WA #3
180.1 - Luis Torres - 12 - Aloha - Bellarmine WA #2
179.4 - Peter Hogan - 12 - Bishop Blanchet - Bellarmine WA #3
177.7 - Ahmed Muhumed - 11 - West Salem - Saxon OR #1
177.5 - Hayden Dressel - 11 - Mt Spokane - Highlander WA #1
176.2 - Cullen McEachern - 11 - Kamiak - Sehome WA #2
176.0 - Peter Allegre - 12 - North Thurston - Capital WA #3
175.6 - Fabian Cardenas - 12 - Umatilla - Ultimook OR #1
174.6 - Colton Johnsen - 12 - Sehome - Sehome WA #3
174.3 - Jacob Shelton - 12 - Sheldon - Ash Creek OR #3
174.2 - Ian McConnell - 12 - Issaquah - Capital WA #4
174.2 - Porter McMichael - 12 - Hanford - Ellensburg WA #1
174.1 - Angel Salazar - 12 - Century - Saxon OR #2
174.1 - Pieter Andrews - 12 - Arlington - Sehome WA #4
174.0 - Hunter Simpson - 12 - University - Tracy Walters WA #4
173.7 - Cameron Carroll - 12 - Central Kitsap - Bellarmine WA #4
173.3 - Alex Martin - 12 - Summit - Ash Creek OR #4
The expected showdown at Ash Creek nearly went as hoped, and as a result many of this weekend’s best performances on the girls side came from that meet. Oregon 3A standout Marissa Dobry (St. Mary’s) tested Olivia Brooks till the very end but the Summit junior came away with the win 17:59.3 – 18:01.5. The fastest effort, though, came from Kamiak freshman Taylor Roe as she ran away from the field at the Sehome Invitational, covering the 2 mile course in 11:19. Only one other runner has run the course faster than Roe did: Amy-Eloise Neale (Glacier Peak) ran 10:54.93 to win in the most competitive race in meet history back in 2012.
Here are the top 25 ratings this weekend:
139.5 - Taylor Roe - 9 - Kamiak - Sehome WA #1
129.8 - Olivia Brooks - 11 - Summit - Ash Creek OR #1
129.0 - Marissa Dobry - 12 - St Mary's - Ash Creek OR #2
124.1 - Erin Mullins - 11 - Cascade-Leavenworth - Ellensburg WA #1
122.7 - Elizabeth Rinck - 9 - Jesuit - Tracy Walters WA #1
120.9 - Emma Jenkins - 10 - Camas - Ash Creek OR #3
120.3 - Micaela Kostecka - 12 - Mt Spokane - Highlander WA #1
120.3 - Anna Chau - 9 - South Salem - Saxon OR #1
119.6 - Rachel Blair - 9 - Camas - Ash Creek OR #4
117.2 - Savanna Craig - 11 - Mountain View - Ash Creek OR #5
116.6 - Brooke Chuhlantseff - 12 - West Salem - Saxon OR #2
116.2 - Melissa Berry - 10 - Sheldon - Ash Creek OR #6
115.9 - Sophie Cantine - 11 - Lakeside (Seattle) - Bellarmine WA #1
115.5 - Sami Corman - 10 - Issaquah - Capital WA #1
115.4 - Makenna Schumacher - 9 - Jesuit - Tracy Walters WA #2
114.6 - Amy Jo Murphy - 12 - Nooksack Valley - Sehome WA #2
114.1 - Kenna Clawson - 10 - Issaquah - Capital WA #2
114.1 - Annika Reiss - 9 - Bellingham - Sehome WA #3
113.0 - Brittany Aquino - 12 - East Valley-Spokane - Highlander WA #2
112.5 - Heidi Smith - 11 - Glacier Peak - Sehome WA #4
111.5 - Hallie DeVore - 9 - Jesuit - Tracy Walters WA #3
110.2 - Ginger Murnieks - 9 - Sprague - Saxon OR #3
108.8 - Keely McCormick - 10 - Jesuit - Tracy Walters WA #4
108.7 - Ada Naranjo - 10 - A.C. Davis - Highlander WA #3
108.2 - Nicole Vijgen - 12 - Kamiak - Sehome WA #5
As the first busy weekend in Washington/Oregon comes to a close, here are some highlights of the weekend (and initial ratings for each race I looked at).
Ash Creek Festival OR: The elite meet showdown on the girls side in the region, Summit (OR) edged a shorthanded Camas (WA) 54-58 with Sheldon (OR) finishing a strong third with 95 points. The guys side saw the same order, as Summit handled Camas 33-75.
Tracy Walters WA: The elite meet showdown on the guys side in the region featured an extended course (5k rather than 3 miles this year). North Central won the race with 129 points (8 score, 10 displace at this meet) with Kamiakin second with 180. Also notable is the close race for third as Jesuit (OR) came away with 223 points versus Lewis & Clark (229) and Eisenhower (239). University was sixth with 300, though would have been much closer with traditional 5/7 scoring.
Meet Comparison Chart (time listed is the initial estimated 200.0 rating mark)
09:23.22* Bellarmine Invitational (Bellarmine Prep HS, Tacoma WA)
09:25.12 Sehome Invtational (Civic Stadium, Bellingham WA)
10:08.07 Capital Invite (Capital HS, Olympia WA)
11:04.76 Ellensburg Invitational (Irene Rhineheart Park, Ellensburg WA)
11:47.45 Highlander Invitational (Shadle Park HS, Spokane WA)
14:34.57 Ash Creek Festival (Western Oregon University, Monmouth OR)
14:51.68 Saxon Invitational (Bush Park, Salem OR)
15:06.51 Tracy Walters Invitational (Audubon Park, Spokane WA)
15:06.59 Hudson’s Bay Run-a-Ree (Hudson’s Bay HS, Vancouver WA)
15:30.66* Ultimook Invitational (The Hydrangea Ranch, Tillamook OR)
*rating estimate is very uncertain, only included here because it is a major meet
Note: I was waiting for the Cheiftain Invite results to get posted, but since there were supposed to be up about 4 hours ago I guess I’ll just update this post once they get published.
The top boys and girls ratings can be seen in the next few posts. Might also include a comparison of the top teams from this weekend as well.