Washington State Boys’ Meet Story
The top runners in the guys’ 3A race ran the way most fans dream a State championship race should be run The leaders ‘hammered from the start’ was way one veteran coach reviewed the event. There was a wealth of individual talent in just that race and the top aspirants went out intent to make sure, if they did not succeed, their rivals were going to work hard the entire way. The early going saw John Dressel of Mt. Spokane, a 2012 Foot Locker finalist, as part of a pack that included Taylor Kai Wilmot of North Central, Andrew Foerder of Nathan Hale & Nicholas Hauger of Shadle Park all a part of the action but Tanner Anderson of NC challenged defending champion Joe Hardy relatively early.
Tanner’s move resulted in a two-man race, which over time seemed like it might turn into a runaway for Anderson but Hardy slowly reeled his rival in and thereby whittled away at his nearly thirty meter lead. With knowing but a moderate downhill left after the three mile mark, it appeared that Hardy had timed his move perfectly, yet Anderson would only yield so much space. The final yards saw Anderson hold his ground and he finished with Hardy just off his shoulder. The final time for the champion was a state record 14:44, which at first did not seem possible yet it was. Hardy, who is considered one of the top runners in the nation had to settle for second in 14:45, which easily would have secured a victory in any other year. Left in their wake in a distant third was John Dressel, whose 15:05 was also a stellar mark.
There was a fair gap before Taylor Wilmot followed in fourth in 15:17 and Andrew Foerder took fifth in 15:21. Nicholas Hauger was only a second behind in sixth, while Sam Leach of Nathan Hale took 7th in 15:33. Garrett Krall, Andrew Snyder & Cameron Glade of Kamiakin annexed 8th, 9th & 10th respectively with marks of 15:36, 15:38 & 15:40. Last week Kamiakin gave North Central a scare and only lost in the Regional by two point by North Central runners Oliver Reed & Justin Janke stepped it up, especially in respect to their Kamiakin counterparts and easily claimed their eighth straight title with room to spare 41 to 70.
It took longer for things to heat up in the 4A race, which produced an individual; upset when Logan Carroll of Gig Harbor claimed victory in 15:06. Is team mate Wolfgang Beck had to settle for second once again – this time in 15:09. Their regular running mate Tristan Peloquin added a third for Gig in 15:14 before Michael Williams of Richland became the first non-Harbor runner to enter the chute with his time of 15:17. Drew Schreiber of Eisenhower garnered sixth in15:22 and Cameron Stanish of Garfield came home in 15:23. Olympia’s Peter Kesting, who won the Westside Classic last weekend took seventh in 15:26 & Riley Campbell of Tahoma was 8th in 15:28. Mahmoud Moussa, who transferred from powerhouse Arcadia in California chipped in with a ninth place effort of 15:29 and Miler Haller of Edmonds-Woodway finished tenth in 15:30. Peter Helman of Joel Ferris was 11th with 15:37 & Dylan Hayes of Garfield ran 15:37. Aaron Rowe of Henry Jackson finished up his fine prep career as a harrier in 13th place with 15:42 and can include it with his 17th, 6th & 13th places finished from freshman year. Gig Harbor easily defended its team title with Michael Hammer completing their scoring with a 29th place time of 15:59.
Devon Grove of Lake Washington ran 15:29 to earn a nine second verdict over Chad Stevens of East Valley Spokane in the 2A Division. Chris Fredlund of Squalicum placed third just a second later & Scott Kopczynski of EV was fourth in15:46. Fifth went to Logan Orndorf of Cedarcrest with 15:49, while Endalkachew Abebaw of Lindbergh took sixth with15:55. Sehome claimed its second straight boys’ title with Kirby Overman leading the way with his seventh place mark of15:57.