Back to Plantes Ferry Park and GNL District
Colville High will compete in the District 7 2A Great Northern League District cross-country meet on Friday at Plantes Ferry Park in Spokane Valley.
The mostly rebuilding CHS boys (2-4 in GNL match-ups), and the girls (0-6), will get going at noon on the flat Plantes Ferry course.
For the GNL girls, the top two teams and top 10 individuals will advance to the State 2A meet at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco on Nov. 3.
That’s not a misprint. Allocations to State are based on numbers of schools participating. There are fewer Class 2A girl’s cross-country teams, so the GNL girls get an advantage over the boys—no long bus trip to Yakima and back on Oct. 27.
For the GNL boys, the road is much more difficult. The top two teams and top 10 finishers at the district race on Friday will qualify for a regional race against the Central Washington Athletic Conference on Saturday, Oct. 27 at AppleRidge cross-country complex near Yakima.
The regional at AppleRidge will involve the entire CWAC league, plus the GNL qualifiers. The top four teams and 20 individuals will advance to Pasco and State on Nov. 3.
CHS head coach Dean Fischer said that he expects his boys and girl’s teams to put in a good showing at Plantes Ferry. While the Indians can’t compete this season with the depth and talent of the Deer Park and Cheney boys and girls teams, the Indians could pull some surprises on Friday.
Carpenter should get through to regional
“At our meet last Tuesday at Dominion Meadows, our girls all established new person course best times,” Fischer said. “I am pretty confident that our girls will have a good showing at District, if they show up prepared to run.
“As for the guys, I predict they will do better at District than in league. But it depends on which line-up we run out of the starting line.”
Junior Kevin Carpenter is one of the top runners in the GNL and should be among the front-runners on Friday afternoon in Spokane.
For the second straight week, CHS cross-country stepped out onto the scenic Dominion Meadows Golf Course. The Indians hosted GNL rivals Pullman and Deer Park in the finale of the regular season last Tuesday.
Coming into the race, Deer Park’s men, indisputably one of the top squads in the State 2A rank’s, had already put ribbon and bow on their second GNL regular season title in succession.
The race would showcase three of the top individuals in Deer Park’s Daniel Amann and Nolan Woodward, and Colville’s Carpenter.
For the CHS girls, it was another chance to improve on both their individual and team times. For the first time this fall, CHS ran its “A team.”
Similar to the men’s race, it was Deer Park’s girls who would dominate both Colville and Pullman.
“Deer Park has had great women’s teams for years,” Fischer said of the Stags’ tradition of running excellence. “They always seem to be at or near the top in the league and at State year after year. Now, they have built a tremendous men’s program. They are a formidable opponent on both sides.”
Colville’s men, trying to establish some momentum heading to Plantes’ Ferry, once again ran short-handed. Both the Indians’ No. 3 and No. 4, Dylan Schanz and Jay Shoemaker, were conspicuously absent at the starting line. Schanz was out of state on a college recruitment trip, while Shoemaker was AWOL, according to his coaches.
As expected, from the gun it was Carpenter, Amann and Woodard running out front. The trio exchanged the lead over the first two miles on the rolling DM terrain. At just over two miles, Amann made a move, and without hesitation, Woodard followed. Both Stags quickly drew distance between themselves and Carpenter. The move left Carpenter (17:10) to run alone, sandwiched between Amann, Woodard and the next five Deer Park runners.
Running a course personal best for CHS was Emmett Morehouse (17:58). Morehouse broke the 18-minute mark for the first time at DM. He finished ninth against Deer Park and second against Pullman.
Noah Baum and Joe Weir once again battled it out and pushed each other to the finish. It likely was their respective finishes that allowed the Colville boys to run past Pullman, 26-31. Both runners established course personal bests.
Stepping up and filling the five hole for CHS was Hunter Clift, who has been running well the past three weeks and seems poised for a breakout. While he didn’t finish with a breakout run, Clift finished strong (19:47) and also established a course best time.
For the girls, it was one of the few times that the entire CHS varsity has been able to run together. But Deer Park’s team speed overwhelmed the field.
“The girls all had very good races,” Fischer said. “Nyshel Pease continues to show consistent improvement along with Ashlee Beers.”
Each of Colville’s girls established personal best times.
Senior Jill Fenno led Colville with a 10th place finish (22:52).
RESULTS FROM DM
1st, Daniel Amann, DP, 16:35. 2nd, Nolan Woodard, DP, 16:50. 3rd, Kevin Carpenter, CHS, 17:10. 4th, Kody Turner, DP, 17:25. 5th, Sam Davis, DP, 17:46; 7th, Colton Boswell, DP, 17:52; 8th, Kevin Shepherd, DP, 17:57; 9th, Emmett Morehouse, CHS, 17:58; 10th, Ben Clark, PHS, 18:14.
Other CHS finishes: 12th, Noah Baum, 18:39; 13th, Joe Wier, 18:44; 19th, Hunter Clift, 19:47; 20th, Reese Johnson, 20:11; 21st, David Lariviere, 20:56.
1st, Makenna Adams, DP, 21:47; 2nd, Cassidy Krahn, DP, 22:06; 3rd, Karri Gallant, DP, 22:07; 4th, Haley Varnum, PHS, 22:10; 5th, Miranda Hyatt, PHS, 22:23; 6th, Anna Cartee, DP, 22:40; 7th, Sarah Boardman, DP, 22:41; 8th, Rebekah Hall, DP, 22:44; 9th, Lousia Reilly, PHS, 22:49. 10th, Jill Fenno, CHS, 22:52.
Other CHS finishes: 11th, Nyshel Pease, 23:19; 14th, Emma Schanz, 23:46; 18th, Ashlee Beers, 25:07; 20th, Hannah Johnson, 25:33; 27th, Haley Jensen, 26:57.