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Dunn, Lakewood boys qualify for state
LANGLEY The Lakewood boys are ranked third in the statewide cross country coaches poll, and the coaches must know what theyre talking about.
The Cougars placed third at districts behind teams from Sehome and Burlington-Edison, the two teams ahead of them in the 2A rankings. Sehome, B-E, Lakewood and 10th-ranked Bellingham all qualified for team appearances in the state cross country meet at Pascos Sun Willows Golf Course Nov. 3.
Lead Lakewood runner Nick Devier ran a steady pace, staying among the front 10 runners in his race. Around the first mile, there were four to five Burlington-Edison runners ahead of him, but by the finish line, all but one of them had fallen behind Devier and sophomore teammate Taylor Guske. The Cougars finished seventh and ninth, respectively.
Four Sehome runners had stepped up to pass Devier and their final scoring runner finished eighth, between the Cougars 16:29 and 16:44 races.
Lakewood senior Terrence Ordonez matched his personal record with a 17:10 race to finish in 22nd place overall. Senior Trevor Walker trailed Ordonez by eight seconds, and sophomore Chad Skiles was the teams fifth runner in 17:33.
Though the team met their goal of a state appearance, coach Jeff Sowards said the boys werent resting on their laurels.
I think they werent satisfield, and I think thats a good thing, he said. Theyre not done yet.
Joining the boys in Pasco will be senior Sarah Dunn, the lone Cougar girl to qualify for state. Dunn saw about 25 seconds drop from her time in the Cascade Conference championships the week before, breaking 20 minutes.
While several of the girls had breakthrough individual races at South Whidbey Oct. 27, the girls finished seventh in the team standings, three places and 36 points out of a team state berth.
Though the girls season had its ups and downs, Dunn passed a personal milestone, breaking Corrine Gogerts year-old school record in the 5k by about 30 seconds, according to Sowards.
He added that the girls had plenty to be proud of this season.
The girls ran a very solid race today, Sowards said after the meet. I know it hurts. They had a goal and they didnt quite accomplish it. But the reward is in the struggle to get there.