Feature link on Peninsula’s McKenzi Bravo, Katie Lynch and Sarah Manning.
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
Best state hopeful: Considering Charles Wright Academy has the reigning 1A runner-up (David Goldstone) and third-place finisher (Ruben Riordan) – and finished a distant fourth as a team behind Lakeside of Nine Mile Falls was a disappointment. The Tarriers have more quality depth, especially with Travis Hensley now a legitimate top-five runner.
Best runner: Gig Harbor High’s Wolfgang Beck is smart and patient, and not the type of racer who will hammer the pace wire-to-wire. Top local finisher at last year’s 4A meet (fifth at 15:18.9).
Others to watch: Nehemiah Barrett, Sr., Franklin Pierce; Logan Carroll, Jr., Gig Harbor; Mason Fletcher, Sr., Puyallup; David Goldstone, Sr., Charles Wright Academy; Travis Hensley, Sr., Charles Wright Academy; Peter Kesting, So., Olympia; Stephen Nelson, Jr., Lakes; Michael Ottesen, Sr., Puyallup; Tristan Peloquin, So., Gig Harbor; Ruben Riordan, Sr., Charles Wright Academy; Dallas Snider, Sr., W.F. West; Cody Williamson, Jr., Shelton.
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
Best state hopeful: Tahoma returned the 4A title to the West Central District for the first time since 2007. And the Bears have a great chance of repeating with their fantastic trio of Abby Atchison, Elizabeth Oosterhout and Delaney Tiernan, who all finished in the top 25 at the state meet last season.
Best runner: What can you say about Mount Rainier’s Jordan McPhee? She won the 4A meet by more than 40 seconds over Union’s Alexis Fuller. A showdown with Camas’ sensation Alexa Efraimson likely looms.
Others to watch: Abby Atchison, So., Tahoma; McKenzi Bravo, Sr., Peninsula; Hannah Derby, Jr., Bellarmine Prep; Sofia Kane, Jr., Olympia; Elizabeth Oosterhout, Sr., Tahoma; Daryl Phill, Sr., Bellarmine Prep; Lauren Pierson, So., Capital; Brenna Peloquin, So., Gig Harbor; Yohana Solzano, Sr., Foster; Delaney Tiernan, So., Tahoma.