October 5th, 2008 12:30 AM
Gig Harbor swept the boys and girls team titles at the 35th Annual Sunfair Invititational, claiming both cross country championships in the final flights.
The top-ranked Tides girls team edged Sehome, 20-25, while Gig Harbor’s boys, ranked No. 3 in Class 4A, nipped Tahoma, 36-39, at Franklin Park in Yakima on Saturday. Sunfair is widely considered to be the most competitive invitational in the state.

Gig Harbor led Sehome by one point heading into the final race. Senior Alyssa Andrews clinched the championship for Gig Harbor by finishing second with a time of 19 minutes, 11.5 seconds and Sehome’s Annie Moore took seventh.

The first-place finish follows back-to-back second-place finishes at Sunfair for the Tides girls, who have claimed the last two 4A state titles.

In the boys race, the Tides and Tahoma were tied heading into the last flight. Gig Harbor’s Conner Peloquin placed third and the Bears’ Kelton Sears was sixth, giving the Tides the title.

Teams earned points based on their runners’ finish in seven flights.

Eastern Washington cross country runners claimed the individual titles. Southridge senior Andrew Gonzales won the varsity boys No. 1 race, completing the 3-mile course in 15 minutes, 23.9 seconds.

Mead’s Baylee Mires cruised in the varsity girls No. 1 race, winning with a time of 17 minutes, 59.5 seconds.

Auburn Riverside’s Julian Blake-Cowan was second in the No. 1 boys race. Olympia’s Annie Dear was third in 18:25.0 in the girls No. 1 race.