Wolves place second, third to lead Kitsap

The South Kitsap Wolves weren’t at the head of the pack at Saturday’s West Central District cross-country championships in Spanaway. But they were close enough to raise whoops when their place was announced.

The Wolves finished second among boys’ teams and third among girls — the best finish among Kitsap County teams.

By placing among the top seven in combined team scores , both teams will be headed to the state championship in Pasco next weekend.

That’s where they hope to strike, said Kayle Peterson, whose third-place finish among the girls helped to anchor South Kitsap’s effort.

“We did pretty well, but we were hoping for second,” Peterson said. “Thomas Jefferson beat us.”

She added, “We’ll get them at state.”

Peterson said the flat, 3.1-mile course looping around Lake Spanaway Golf Course and Country Club wasn’t her kind of course; instead she prefers a more hilly routine, like the kind found in Kitsap.

But the flat, green course didn’t hurt the Wolves too badly, she admitted.

“Everyone PRd (set a personal record),” she said, “so that’s good.”

The Wolves’ girls were aided by Eileen Morley, who finished 15th overall, and Danielle Friend, who finished 21st.

The boys were led by C.J. Godfrey, who finished ninth overall. Josh Cobb and Drew Polley finished back-to-back in 17th and 18th place, good enough to help the Wolves to a second-place finish behind Kent-Meridian.

Among Kitsap runners, the top boys’ finisher was Jim Robson of North Kitsap, who finished in fourth place.

Robson is another runner used to hills, said North Kitsap’s head coach.

“This isn’t his ideal course,” Smith said. “But he had a good race and did what he needed to do.”

Robson helped the Viking boys to a 14th-place team finish. By finishing in the top 35 individuals, he will make a repeat trip at the state meet in Pasco. And he won’t be the only Viking.

Robyn Embrey finished 34th, ensuring a run in the state championship for herself.

“I really wanted to go to state,” said Embrey. “It’s something I’ve never done before.”

As a team, the North Kitsap girls finished 11th, helped by strong finishes by Embrey and Greta Stickney, who clocked in at 41st overall.

A strong effort on the girls’ side was also made by the Central Kitsap Cougars. Junior Kim Reiland finished 4th, only three seconds behind South Kitsap’s Peterson, and the Cougars Jannel Emery finished 33rd overall, so the pair will be going to state.

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