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Cross Country: South Kitsap's Peterson, Wheeler qualify for state championships

Her goal entering the season simply was to advance to state.

At this point, those expectations for South Kitsap sophomore Jessica Peterson seem too modest.

Peterson had little difficulty achieving a state-qualifying time at Saturday’s Westside Cross Country Classic at Lakewood’s American Lake Veterans Golf Course. The top 40 placers in the boys and girls Class 4A meet advance to the state championships Saturday at Pasco’s Sun Willows Golf Course.

She easily made that cut by finishing sixth in 18 minutes, 55.4 seconds. Skyview’s Priscilla Timmons won the race in 18:24.5. Peterson improved on her time at the Oct. 20 Narrows League Championships, where she placed third in 19:23.52. Peterson said the cooler, rainy weather at Westside better suited her.

“For me heat isn’t as good,” she said. “I feel I can breathe better when it’s a little crisper.”

Peterson said that helped her maintain stamina through the 5-kilometer race.

“I held seventh most of the time and I didn’t think I was going to get her,” said Peterson, referring to Tahoma’s Julianna Mock, who finished seventh in 19:00.3. “But she finally slowed down and I had just enough to get in front of her.”

In preparation for her first state meet, Peterson planned to taper the rest of the week after a regular workout Monday.

“You don’t want to be too tired,” she said.

For the first time in at least four years, the Wolves’ girls team had two runners qualify for state. In addition to Peterson, junior Molly Wheeler placed 33rd (19:48.1).

“It thought we might have four individuals go,” South coach Paul Zimmer said. “But team-wise, I thought they ran amazing.”

Junior Amanda Wilson finished 56th (20:27.5), while sophomore Keegan Tasker was 69th (20:50.3). Wilson narrowly missed state in 2008 when she finished 33rd (19:59.1) — only the top 30 placers qualified that year — but did not participate in cross country last season because of knee problems. Tasker finished 57th (20:56.6) last year.

“I think that will sit pretty fresh for them for a long time,” Zimmer said. “They all love to race.”

None of South’s boys qualified for the state meet. Junior Daniel Schulte, who finished 67th (17:10.4), was the highest placer.

Results

Girls

Team results: 1, Bellarmine Prep 84; 2, Skyview 101; 3, Tahoma 114; 4, Thomas Jefferson 135; 5, Gig Harbor 169; 6, Stadium 193; 7, Puyallup 219; 8, South Kitsap 223; 9, Kentwood 241; 10, Auburn Riverside 265; 11, Kent Meridian 276; 12, Kentridge 279; 13, Battle Ground 280; 14, Emerald Ridge 294; 15, Curtis 301; 16, Kentlake 365.

Individuals (top 40 to state): 1, Priscilla Timmons (SKVW) 18:24.5; 2, Rachel Atwood (AURI) 18:34.1; 3, Carly Wilczynski (EMRD) 18:35.1; 4, Jasmine Johnson (FDWY) 18:39.3; 5, Daryl Phill (BLMN) 18:49.7; 6, Jessica Peterson (SKIT) 18:55.4; 7, Julianna Mock (TAHO) 19:00.3; 8, Alexia Martin (KMER) 19:02.5; 9, Izze Arens (BLMN) 19:06.0; 10, Leah Kiyohara (TJEF) 19:11.9; 11, Maureen Tremblay (GHAR) 19:12.3; 12, Katherine Hendricks (SKVW) 19:12.8; 13, Sara Mussa (TBEA) 19:13.3; 14, Elizabeth Oosterhout (TAHO) 19:13.6; 15, Nicole Tester (BGRD) 19:14.5; 16, Lauren Clawson (TAHO) 19:18.8; 17, Kailey Ulland (KWOD) 19:21.5; 18, Sara Taferre (SKVW) 19:29.4; 19, Ruby Virk (KMER) 19:29.8; 20, Julie Yoshioka (SKVW) 19:30.2; 21, Brianna Calveri (TJEF) 19:30.7; 22, Carey Lyons (STAD) 19:31.0; 23, Anna deCarteret 19:31.4; 24, Sarah Robbins (KLAK) 19:35.1; 25, Jordan Thurston (BLMN) 19:35.6; 26, Emily Coic (STAD) 19:36.4; 27, Danielle Rowe (BLMN) 19:39.2; 28, Sofia Kane (OLYM) 19:44.0; 29, Ellie Lewis (CURT) 19:45.4; 30, Alyssa Zuehlsdorff (BLMN) 19:47.0; 31, Molly Shiroishi (KRID) 19:47.4; 32, Lyndee Dawson (PUYL) 19:47.8; 33, Molly Wheeler (SKIT) 19:48.1; 34, Kaitlyn McKinney (UNON) 19:48.5; 35, Tessa Carlin (KWOD) 19:48.9; 36, Amanda Ditzhazy (TJEF) 19:52.3; 37, Abby Knight (HERI) 19:53.0; 38, Lindsey Jackson (TJEF) 19:53.5; 39, Emily Tacke (PUYL) 19:53.8; 40, Avery Unterreiner (GHAR) 20:05.2; 56, Amanda Wilson (SKIT) 20:27.5; 69, Keegan Tasker (SKIT) 20:50.3; 98, Justine Morris (SKIT) 21.57.2; 109, Claire Polley (SKIT) 22:25.3; 120, Tana Rill (SKIT) 23:38.5.

Boys

Team results: 1, Auburn Riverside 50; 2, Gig Harbor 96; 3, Bellarmine Prep 97; 4, Kentwood 158; 5, Puyallup 176; 6, Kentridge 180; 7, Tahoma 202; 8, Federal Way 218; 9, Union 232; 10, Olympia 285; 11, Thomas Jefferson 301; 12, Battle Ground 305; 13, Todd Beamer 309; 14, South Kitsap 332; 15, Curtis 340; 16, Kent Meridian 345.

Individuals (top 40 to state): 1, Korey Krotzer (AURI) 15:27.8; 2, Nate Brennand (OLYM) 15:28.4; 3, Meron Simon (FDWY) 15:42.4; 4, Chase Braxmeyer (TJEF) 15:51.3; 5, Keefe Hanson (AURI) 15:52.5; 6, Michael Thorsen (CKIT) 15:56.5; 7, Roman Kirov (UNON) 16:03.6; 8, Jeff Miles (AURI) 16:04.0; 9, Preston Bahr (HERI) 16:04.0; 10, Derrick Daigre (KMER) 16:08.7; 11, Nic Lawrence (AURI) 16:09.1; 12, Alex Horton (KRID) 16:10.3; 13, Thomas Grant (BLMN) 16:13.7; 14, Matt Baer (BLMN) 16:14.1; 15, Brett Bertrand (PUYL) 16:14.8; 16, Zackery Weber (CKIT) 16:15.2; 17, Casey Peloquin (GHAR) 16:15.6; 18, Nathan McLaughlin (PUYL) 16:17.1; 19, Will Drinkwater (GHAR) 16:17.7; 20, James Dagley (TAHO) 16:19.2; 21, Luke Hoffman (GHAR) 16:26.1; 22, Brendan Franz (BLMN) 16:27.8; 23, Will Ferguson (CURT) 16:28.4; 24, Danny Lunder (KWOD) 16:29.0; 25, Joseph Gagliano (GHAR) 16:29.2; 26, Wes Jones (MTAH) 16:31.2; 27, Mason Fletcher (PUYL) 16:33.1; 28, Casey Kendall (BLMN) 16:35.3; 29, Les Jones (MTAH) 16:36.0; 30, Will Richmond (KWOD) 16:36.8; 31, Zach Parker (GHAR) 16:39.4; 32, Colby Gilbert (SKVW) 16:42.0; 33, David Richardson (TAHO) 16:42.5; 34, Sam Bailey (AURI) 16:43.1; 35, Haftom Tafere (TBEA) 16:45.2; 36, Tanner Sork (UNON) 16:45.6; 37, Ian Staeheli (BLMN) 16:45.9; 38, Will Johnston (KWOD) 16:46.5; 39, Mark Tedder (BGRD) 16:47.3; 40, Grant Wilson (KRID) 16:50.2; 67, Daniel Schulte (SKIT) 17:10.4; 73, Nick Sleigh (SKIT) 17:14.6; 76, Austin Fritz (SKIT) 17:17.5; 87, Cody Pace (SKIT) 17:30.1; 88, Kyle Norris (SKIT) 17:30.5; 102, LaForrest Church (SKIT) 17:44.8; 108, Greg Lane (SKIT) 17:57.3.

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