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M-P girls hit their stride, get state ride
LANGLEY After a fourth-place team finish at Lakewood High School the week before, the M-P girls knew they had to make some changes if they planned to meet their goal.
The week before, sophomore Kaylie Kimmell returned from nursing shin splints and appeared to be still recovering, finishing sixth for the team in 21:17.
But at districts at South Whidbey High School Oct. 27, the resting and training paid off.
It felt so good during the middle of the race, I had a burst of energy, she said.
The boost propelled Kimmell to a 20:24 race, good for third for the team and 25th overall. Junior Marissa Schafer and freshman Veronica Hall finished right behind her, and the improvement over last week lifted the Tomahawk girls to second place in district competition and helped them meet their goal a team appearance at the state cross country meet in Pasco Nov. 3. The honor went to the top three teams in 4A competition, along with individuals in the top 15 whose teams did not qualify.
After falling behind a pair of conference rivals at Lakewood, and just ahead of Wesco Souths Jackson, the girls knew who they were after.
We wanted to get Lake Stevens, Jackson and Monroe, Kimmell said, adding of their coachs advice, He told us to go for the black and purple (uniforms).
Catching the black and purple teams was more than just Kimmells goal. Senior Haley Nemra finished the race in third place, defeating Monroe standout Lyndy Davis, who had beaten her at the conference championships the week before.
Nemra ran the 5k in 18:44, just four seconds behind winner Ellie Bonner of Snohomish and freshman Lacey Wagner of Lake Stevens.
The team effort by the M-P girls gave them an 11-point edge over Lake Stevens, the team that will join M-P and first-place Snohomish in Pasco.
Junior Lauren Ainsworth was the teams second runner and took 17th place overall in 19:51.
The Tomahawk boys finished squarely in the middle of the pack finishing seventh place out of 13 teams. Junior Ryan Lanphere was the first Tomahawk boy across the finish line, but his 28th-place finish in 16:54 put him out of contention for an individual berth to state.
Sophomores John Crenshaw and Stevie Utt went 2-3 for the team in 17:16 and 17:36, followed by junior Kevin Mangat in 17:45, sophomores Josh Rasmussen and Josh Laquian in 17:49 and 17:50 and senior Brandon Nobach in 18:45.