The weather was chilly but the wind had died down as 72 girls representing the best 1B/2B distance runners in the state toed the line for the start of the Cross Country State Championships on the 3.1-mile course.
Sierra Speiker of Oroville won the race easily with a 41-second lead finishing in 18:20. Northwest Christian took team honors for the eighth year in a row with a score of 45 points. Ocosta was second.
Hoffman placed 33rd, Cook was 34th and Kudasik placed 35th.
“Three girls to state and three girls in the top half, that was a great race for them,” Willapa Harbor Tri-District Head Cross Country Coach Brad Donovan told the Herald. “The three of them train together and enjoy each other’s company but they compete. After it was all over, they may have been elated, disappointed, hurting, crying or feeling sick, but the three opted to ride home in the team van together rather than split up and go home individually. Sport is a funny thing. A kid endures torturous workouts and works unbelievably hard all season for one moment. And when it is done, the end of the season feels all too sudden.”
The Boys 1B/2B race was won by Asotin’s Chandler Teigen in 15:52.9, followed by Luke Shilter of Northwest Christian in 16:18. Team Honors for the boys went to Northwest Christian-Colbert with 68 points. Asotin was second with 101 points.