Peterson earns Narrows League crown

All season long the Bellarmine Prep High School girls cross country team has been the No.1 ranked team in the state.

The fact they are a great team is not refuted, but SK coach Ed Santos said a huge feature Thursday in the Tacoma News Tribune on Bellarmine and No. 1 runner Sarah Lorch lit a fire under SK senior Kayle Peterson.

Four hours after reading the story, a fired-up Peterson out-sprinted Lorch in the final 400 meters to capture the Narrows League championship at Fort Steilacoom’s 3.1 mile course in a personal best 18 minutes, 55 seconds.

“Kayle was fired up,” Santos said. “After reading the story in my office she said ‘I guess I’m just going to have to win this thing’.”

Win she did, but Bellarmine’s depth proved too much as a team, earning the team title with 27 points.

Danielle Friend finished sixth (19:33) Eileen Morley was 11th (19:55), Katie Rosapepe 17th (20:35), and Breanna Mercer was 26th (21:08).

On the boys side, SK fell just 13 points behind champion Olympic and three points behind second-place Port Angeles.

Just like the girls team, the goal of the boys team was to win the league title, Santos said.

“They ran very well,” Santos said. “Every kid (set a personal record). Four guys broke seventeen (minutes). I can’t fault them. that ran a great race and it still wasn’t enough.”

The all-junior team was led by C.J. Godfrey, who finished eighth in a time of 16:11.

Josh Cobb was 16th (16:37), Drew Polley finished 25th (16:47), Steven Millard was 26th (16:48) and Justin Culver was 34th (17:07).

Both teams are in preparation for the West Central District Meet at the Spanaway Lake Golf Course Nov. 1.

The top seven teams and the top 35 individuals advance to the state meet at Pasco.

Santos said the girls should be on their way to another state appearance, and he said his boys team could make their first state appearance since 1998.

Besides Olympia and Port Angeles, other teams SK will compete with are Kent-Meridian and Auburn-Riverside of the South Puget Sound League, and Battle Ground of the Greater St. Helens League.

SK has competed against all three of those favored teams at various invitationals and finished right behind them.

“We’ll get right back at this week and see what we can do at districts,” Santos said. “We’re going to keep coming after Bellarmine (on the girls side).

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