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Wolves take bite out of Oly, Knights

Despite fatigue from a weekend race in California, the South Kitsap boys’ and girls’ cross-country teams swept three of their league opponents — Bremerton, Olympic and North Kitsap — en route to victory in an all-Kitsap battle Wednesday in Port Gamble.

South’s Justin Schenck won the boys race with a time of16 minutes, 26 seconds and Oly’s Katie Porter surpassed Samantha Godfrey — whom Godfrey had beaten the previous week — to win the girls’ side with a 19:04 time.

South cruised against its three opponents, with North Kitsap coming closest to the Wolves by a 19-36 score on the boys’ side and a 26-31 score on the girls’ side versus the Vikings.

South only had five runners, but they each placed in the top seven in the meet.

Wolves coach Ed Santos was pleased with his team’s effort, particularly

because South Kitsap had traveled to Los Angeles over the weekend for a

tough race.

“We were definitely a little tired,” he said. “It was just a blue-collar,

do-your-job kind of meet.”

The teams battled rain, mud and slippery conditions on an approximately three-mile course near old-town Port Gamble in North Kitsap. That gave an

advantage to runners with smaller kick in their strides — and may have even been a key in determining the outcome of first place in the girls’ race.

Oly’s Porter edged Godfrey 19:04 to 19:21 — a considerable margin of victory, yet Godfrey had won under different conditions, said Trojans’ coach Greg Chapman.

“(Porter) felt the course suited her better,” Chapman said. “The last course they ran on was flat. This one had hills, and you had to watch and be fluent in your stride.”

Olympic might have also had a better chance on the boys side but was without its top runner in Kirk Aldridge, out of action due to a skateboarding accident.

South’s boys are hoping to contend for the Narrows championship against two other teams — Port Angeles and Olympia. North and Olympic look to be in the middle of a crowded Narrows’ pack, but one that will become more defined as more races are completed.

South Kitsap also is in the race for a top three finish on the girls’ side,

competing against Gig Harbor — who they lost to the previous week — and

Bellarmine. Though Bellarmine will be tough to catch, as the Lions were

recently ranked eighth in the entire United States by dyestat.com’s The

Harrier rankings.

Team scores:

Boys — Olympic 20, Bremerton 36. South Kitsap 15, Olympic 40.

North Kitsap 21, Olympic 35. South Kitsap 19, North Kitsap 36. North Kitsap 21, Bremerton 37. South Kitsap 19, Bremerton 36.

Girls — South Kitsap 15, Bremerton 40. North Kitsap 18, Bremerton 41. South Kitsap 22, Olympic 39. South Kitsap 15, Bremerton 50. North Kitsap 22, Olympic 36. Olympic 23, Bremerton 32.

Individual times

Boys — Schenck (SK) 16:26. Power (NK) 16:30. Brown (Brem) 16:36. Daniels-Hall (SK) 16:40. Jones (SK) 16:47. Coleman (SK) 16:50. Bartlett (SK) 16:54. Bradwell (NK) 17:11. Cameron (NK) 17:11. Duane (Oly)

17:54.

Girls — Porter (Oly) 19:04. Godfrey (SK) 19:21. Waldron (SK) 19:38.

Cates (NK) 19:53. Stickney (NK) 20:07. Gregg (NK) 20:34. Coleman (SK) 20:40. Seaburg (NK) 20:47. Yeik (Oly) 21.01. Russ (SK) 21.05.

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