Skyline trio leads the way to cross country victory

October 1, 2013

By Neil Pierson

Alex Daugherty has put her talent on display as a basketball and track and field athlete, but she hadn’t run a cross-country race until early September.

The Skyline High School senior is showing she has the stamina for the sport, winning the individual girls title at Klahanie Park in 18:56.

She had plenty of help as Skyline easily defeated Ballard (19-41) and Eastlake (15-50). Sophomore Maizy Brewer was just 2 seconds back in second place, and fellow senior Samantha Krahling took third in 19:04.

By Neil Pierson Samantha Krahling, Alex Daugherty and Maizy Brewer (from left), Skyline High School cross country teammates, pace the girls’ field during the Sept. 25 meet against Eastlake and Ballard.

By Neil Pierson
Samantha Krahling, Alex Daugherty and Maizy Brewer (from left), Skyline High School cross country teammates, pace the girls’ field during the Sept. 25 meet against Eastlake and Ballard.

The three Spartans broke in front of the pack immediately and gradually widened their lead over the course of the race. Ballard’s Jamie Smith finished fourth, 38 seconds behind Krahling.

It was an encouraging performance from Daughterty, who said she set a conservative pace for the first two miles. She isn’t far from reaching a preseason goal.

“This is my first cross-country season, so my goal my coaches set with me is to be sub-18:30,” she said. “It completely depends on the course. I mean, you’re racing the course more than your time in a lot of these situations.”

Skyline coach Brendan Hyland said the girls are in decent shape to be one of 16 teams at the season-ending state meet.

“As long as we stay healthy, that’s always a concern in girls cross country,” Hyland said. “If we can stay healthy, I think they have a real good shot to get to state. And that’ll be fun, because we haven’t gone to state for a few years with the ladies.”

 

Boys win two

The Skyline boys team took a pair of dual-meet wins against Eastlake (28-31) and Ballard (23-34) at the 3-mile Klahanie Park course.

Joey Nakao, a senior, came in second with a time of 16 minutes, 13 seconds.

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