Liberty Patriots cross country team punches ticket to Pasco

October 30, 2012

By John Leggett

After claiming the KingCo 3A and the Sea-King District cross country meets in the past two weeks, the Liberty High School girls cross country team has punched its ticket to the state tournament next weekend in Pasco for an unprecedented third year in a row.

Participating in the tough Sea-King District tournament on the 3.1-mile Lower Woodland Park course in Seattle on Oct. 25, the Patriots ended up on top of the heap with 65 points.

The admirable effort was spearheaded by a tandem of Liberty seniors in Megan Chucka, who crossed the finish line a mere 15 seconds off the pace to take second, with a time of 18 minutes, 45 seconds, and fellow upperclassman Allie Wood, who snapped the twine in seventh place with a time of 19:26.

Other contributors to the stellar performance were sophomore Sarah Bliesner and junior Megan Larson who wound up as the 12th and 22nd finishers overall with times of 19:33 and 20:01, respectively.

The last time that counted toward the golden 65 score was recorded by senior Rachel Shaw, who leaned forward at the end of the trail to register a time of 20:13. While the senior finished 26th overall, freshman Carlyn Schmidgall bounded across the stripe 17 seconds later to wind up sixth among the Liberty ladies. She and Shaw finished nearly neck-and-neck as the 26th and 28th runners overall. Joining the girls group as an alternate will be junior runner Jordan Raymond.

Also going to the state meet from Liberty are a couple of boys. The top 25 boys’ times qualified. Hiron Redman, a Patriot senior, will cap his high school career making another state appearance after he finished the qualifying race with a time of 16:25.

Redman completed the course only a few strides ahead of Patriot junior Aaron Bowe (16:26) who will make his maiden voyage to state. The twosome crossed the finish line 14th and 15th among the male contenders.

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