Klahowya defends its boys and girls West Central championships as Alyssa Becker wins the 1A race; Central Kitsap girls earn 3A team title
The Klahowya boys and girls cross country teams repeated as West Central District 1A champions on Saturday.
The Eagles put a combined nine runners into the boys and girls top 10. The girls finished with 24 points to beat out Port Townsend, 52, and Charles Wright Academy, 57.
Junior Alyssa Becker won the girls individual title with a time of 19 minutes, 31.30 seconds. Teammate Rachel Newhard finished right behind in 19:47.30 while Hannah Meehan placed seventh (21:49.70), Hannah Nelson ninth (22:04.70) and Alexa Watson 10th (22:06.20). Olivia Wildes finished 14th (22:16.60) and Taylor Hahn was 15th (22:25.60).
Klahowya’s Kelton Gagnon was the top finisher as the sophomore finished third in 16:49.40. Klahowya’s Jaeden Ellis finished fourth (16:53.70), Wyatt Vertefeuille was fifth (16:56.70) and Alex Oathout sixth (17:12.30). Evan Hagle finished in 11th place (17:44.20), Justin Becker was 20th (18:29.60) and Mason Haws was 28th (18:46.10)
Klahowya is poised to go for a three-peat next season as the majority of its runners are juniors and underclassmen.
Maya Nichols of Central Kitsap finished second overall in girls 3A in 19:19.80 to help the Cougars win the district team title with 72 points. Capital was second with 129 points. Rissa Eilmes of CK was ninth 9n 20:01.80.
In 3A boys, Central Kitsap placed sixth in the team standings with 205 points while the Cougars top runner Kal-El Drummond finished 28th in 17:06.60.
In 2A boys, Noah Hasselblad of North Mason finished second overall in a time of 16:11.30. North Kitsap’s boys finished fifth overall as its top runner, Dereck Cordova, placed 23rd overall in 17:31.90. North Mason’s Kezlie Thygesen, a freshman, was the top local runner in the 2A girls. Thygesen finished seventh overall in 20:46.20. North Kitsap’s girls placed fourth in the team standings while NM was seventh.
Evelyn Collins-Winn was the top finisher for South Kitsap as the junior crossed the line in 19:35.10. The Wolves finished fourth in the team standings with 178 points. For the Wolves’ boys team, Jacob Laws finished 26th in 16:35.00.