Cedarcrest Cross-Country Teams Each Win Cascade Conference Championship!
The Girls win the title for the 10th consecutive year, the Boys for the sixth time in eight years.
With weather taking a turn, and rain and flood waters making their home course unavailable, Cedarcrest Cross-Country assistant coach Dean Vergillo, along with head coach Bruce McDowell, moved quickly and crafted a new 5K course with minimal time to spare. Ultimately, the 2017 Cascade Conference Championship meet, scheduled for the Blue Heron Golf Course in Carnation, moved to Tolt Middle School, and the races were able to move forward as scheduled.
Though the venue was new, the results were not. At the conclusion of the meet, Cedarcrest were holding up trophies and #1 signs, as they retained their titles and became Cascade Conference Champions for 2017.
For the Red Wolves Girls Cross-Country squad, this victory represents their tenth consecutive Cascade Conference title, a level of success unparalleled among other Cedarcrest sports. The Red Wolves Boys also built on a streak of their own. Their victory yesterday earned them their sixth Cascade Conference Championship in the last eight years.
“The girls ran first and we knew it would be a close battle, but our hope was that depth would help us in the end,” said Coach McDowell. “The girls ran super and it had been a goal for the girls to win the title since the start of the season. This is a great achievement for them, but also for all the girls that have been a part of the nine previous squads.”
The boys, thought by some to be a clear favorite going into the race, placed seven runners in the Top 14, and put significant distance between them and the second place King’s Knights. The girls placed six runners in the Top 14 of their race.
“We have reached the point in the season when most of our athletes are running their best races of the season,” McDowell shared.
On the girls’ side, Elsie Dombek, Kelly Hall, and Alicia Krivanek were named to the All-Cascade Conference First Team, with Kate Vergillo, Mary Cate Babcock, and Aryia Farnworth earning Second Team recognition. For the boys, Grant Van Valkenburg, Ben Benson, and Emmett Klaiber earned First Team honors, with Bryce Hefner, Ryan LaTurner, Justin Young, and Brady Shaw being named Second Team All-Conference.
Up next, nine runners from each squad will advance to the District meet at South Whidbey High School in Langley, WA, on October 28, 2017. Red Wolves runners competing there will be hoping to punch their ticket for the State meet on November 4, 2017, at the Sun Willow Golf Course in Pasco, WA.
Our Riverview community congratulates this continued and unprecedented run of success for our Cedarcrest Cross-Country teams. We will be cheering you on in the upcoming District and State meets!