The Chewelah cross-country teams wrapped up their 2011 regular season with a dual meet against Freeman last Tuesday at Chewelah Golf and Country Club. Both races were close, but in the team scoring, Freeman edged the Cougars in both the boys and girls races.
In the boy's race, Freeman won 22 to 33. FHS runners also placed first, second and third, with Austin Fish running a 17:56 to finish over two-minutes ahead of second place Max Axtell at 20:14.
Chewelah’s fastest time was turned in by Caleb Montgomery, who finished in fourth place with a time of 20:41. Walker Mudgett finished close behind at 20:54.
On the girl's side, Freeman also won, edging Chewelah, 26 to 31 edge.
For Chewleah, the Hall sisters finished first and second in the individual race. Christina Hall finished first, running a 21:18 in the 5000 meter race, while sister Carrisa finished less than a minute later (22:15). Elizabeth Kosanke was the first Freeman girl to cross the finish line with a time of 22:21. Her teammate, Chey Bruano, finished fourth (22:21)
The Cougars are looking forward to the district meet at Plantes Ferry Park (Spokane Valley), where senior Christina Hall looks to advance to the state championships in Pasco.
“I really think we’ll see a great effort from Christina,” said head coach Pat Kostecka. “Last year, she ran her best race at regionals and I think she really wants to prove she belongs in the state meet this year.”
Christina’s sister, Carrisa, should be an interesting runner to watch in this race. Her times have steadily dropped this season.
“I’m really interested to see how Carrisa does,” her coach said. “She may need to cut another 30 seconds off her time to qualify for state, but you never know.”
Caleb Montgomery looks to be the front-runner on the boys side, but coach Kostecka is hoping the boys can just post some competitive times.
“I hope to see two or three under 20 (minutes),” Kostecka said. “That would be a huge accomplishment and a nice step toward next year.”
The District 7 championship, pitting the Northeast A League against the Caribou-Trail League, is this Saturday at Plantes Ferry Park in Spokane Valley with the races beginning at 11 a.m. the 1A boys run at about 1 p.m. and girls at about 1:40 p.m.
The top four girls teams and the top four boys teams, along with top individuals, will qualify for the State (all divisions) cross country championships at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco on Nov. 5.
Caleb Montgomery 20:41
Walker Mudgett 20:54
Ridge Robison 21:47
James Gilreath 21:51
Shawn Verzone 21:54
Anthony Champion 22:11
Ben Eminger 22:35
Kale Koler 24:32
Noah Richmond 25:24
James Verzone 31:18
Bobby Walser 34:45
Cameron Campbell 39:12
Christina Hall 21:18
Carrisa Hall 22:15
Jazmyn Elliot 24:53
Mariah Hudson 26:45
Mallorie Powell 26:51
Abby Stenbeck 34:26
Abby Cook 34:55