Skyline girls place eighth in state cross country
November 12, 2013
By Neil Pierson
The Skyline High School girls cross country team capped its 2013 season with a 10th-place finish Nov. 9 at the Class 4A state championships.
Skyline’s girls were making their first state appearance in eight seasons. They scored 245 to place 10th out of 16 teams in attendance. Bellarmine Prep was the 4A girls champion, followed by Camas, Tahoma and Central Valley.
Skyline sophomore Maizy Brewer paced her team with a medal-winning time of 18 minutes, 27.9 seconds, good for 11th place among individuals. Senior teammate Alex Daugherty, who hadn’t competed in cross country prior to the season, finished 27th in 19:03.71.
Skyline’s other scorers were junior McKenzie Deutsch (94th, 20:04.45), senior Samantha Krahling (100th, 20:10.61) and senior Caitlin McIlwain (113th, 20:28.39).
Issaquah High School junior Ellie Clawson, making her third consecutive trip to state, finished 22nd in 18:55.25.
The only local boy to run in the 4A championships was Issaquah sophomore Kennan Schrag, who came in 58th (16:20.26).
Skyline reached Pasco on the strength of a third-place performance at the district 1/2 championships, held Nov. 4 at Lake Sammamish State Park.
Skyline finished neck-and-neck with rival Eastlake in the girls race, with the Wolves scoring 130 points to edge the Spartans (135) for second place.
The Spartans got a pair of top-10 efforts at the bi-district race. Brewer was fourth in 18:31.4 and Daugherty took sixth in 18:39.3.
Depth, however, was important, and the Spartans got key points from Deutsch (39th, 19:51.3), Krahling (41st, 19:53.5) and McIlwain (48th, 20:02.2).
Krahling, running with a stress fracture in her left foot, said the girls have bonded over the past year.
“We’ve just kind of been working on team mentality so we don’t run individually, we run more as a team,” she said. “Because cross country is a team sport, and if you kind of fall off a couple people, then you’re not going to make it as a team.”
Brewer said the mud and 90-degree turns at Lake Sammamish made for difficult conditions, but she felt good about her own performance.
“I just tried to stick with the front pack and do what I’m used to doing,” she said. “I run uncomfortable, and that’s what gets me where I need to go. I never feel comfortable or nice when I’m racing.”
Brewer said the Spartans had been striving for a state berth after finishing sixth at the bi-district meet last year — one spot short of their goal. They adjusted well after the event was delayed 48 hours and were able to get their minds right.
With a few seniors graduating, Krahling expects Brewer to be one of the team leaders in 2014.
“She’s pretty crazy. She pushes it really hard,” Krahling said. “She pushes it like no one else when she leads the team.”
Skyline’s boys team finished 10th at the bi-district event, and wasn’t able to qualify an individual for the state meet. Senior Joey Nakao was the Spartans’ top finisher, placing 37th in 16:32.1.