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M-P makes final adjustments

Senior Colin Kreiger, left, and Ryan Lanphere exchange a look at the starting line. John Crenshaw, second from left, and Brandon Nobach, right, join them at the start of the varsity race. -
Senior Colin Kreiger, left, and Ryan Lanphere exchange a look at the starting line. John Crenshaw, second from left, and Brandon Nobach, right, join them at the start of the varsity race.
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LAKEWOOD The M-P girls cross country team would like to make their third consecutive appearance in the state meet at Pasco this November.
But to do it, they have some hurdles to overcome. If the divisional meet at Lakewood High School is any indication, their goal is within reach. When the Tomahawks race at South Whidbey Oct. 27, theyll need to pull off a top-three finish among Wesco teams to make a team appearance. On Oct. 20, they were fourth just five points behind a Monroe team.
An improvement of one place per runner at Lakewood, it was a margin less than 10 seconds would have put M-P in third place.
Whats ailing them is, well, ailments. Sophomore Kaylie Kimmell, who sat out recent races with shin splints, ran her first race since the Nike Pre-Nationals Sept. 29.
League wasnt bad in terms of just getting her out to race, but she was down a little bit time-wise, said M-P coach Randy Edens. I think the longer we can keep this going, the better shes going to get. Hopefully we can get her back into the 20-minute range and have our freshmen continue to run well.
Edens was referring to freshmen Veronica Hall and Kiley Thomason, who finished third and fourth for the team in 20:48 and 20:49 respectively.
The meet at Lakewood solidified M-Ps district competition delegation. Seniors Haley Nemra and Robin Mueller, juniors Lauren Ainsworth and Marissa Schafer will join Hall, Thomason and Kimmell to make up the girls squad, with junior Tyler Wigington as alternate.
While the Tomahawk boys are less likely to qualify for state as a team, Edens said hes happy with the improvement theyre showing.
I know the guys were excited about where they finished, Edens said. And so thats a good sign, especially since its a pretty young group with two juniors up front and four sophomores. Its a good step for them to bounce back and get the guys side to where they were (in past years).
Junior Ryan Lanphere ran his best time this month, 16:46, to finish 10th in Wesco North competition. The next four Tomahawk runners finished within 15 seconds of each other to place fourth as a team. Junior Kevin Mangat and sophomore John Crenshaw were 28th and 29th overall in 17:40 and 17:41. Not far behind, sophomores Stevie Utt and Josh Rasmussen finished in 17:50 and 17:54.
I think on the guys side, the goal is to finish in the top half, which would be a good step in terms of their progress and growth. Anything more than that is gravy, Edens said.
In addition to the top five boys, sophomore Josh Laquian and senior Brandon Nobach will represent the Tomahawks in district competition at South Whidbey. Senior Colin Kreiger will attend as an alternate.

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