Hawks sports preview: Cross country teams already looking to strong postseason finish

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MTHS logo 2This is another in a series of articles previewing MTHS fall sports teams.

Hopes are running high this fall for the Mountlake Terrace High School cross country teams, as a number of Hawks will be looking to make the 2013 season — and postseason — a memorable one.

Both the boys and girls cross country teams should produce strong results and state meet contenders, said MTHS coach Todd Weber. “My guess is we could send both teams to state if the timing is right and we stay healthy,” Weber said. “If the teams don’t make it, I could see the potential for two to three individuals making it for both teams.”

The Terrace boys squad has plenty of experience with five top seniors: Jack Pearce (a state meet qualifier in 2012), Peter Kidane, Nathan Sparks, Chris Baumgartner and Wyatt Allemann. “These boys are shooting for a state berth, and all of them have a shot at making it individually,” Weber said.

On the girls side it’s the underclassmen that Weber sees as state meet contenders. Sophomore Ella Schroth qualified for state last year and is looking to repeat this season. Other top Hawks include sophomore Katherine Walter, freshman Sophia Nelson and freshman Katherine Gustafson; “All ran the mile in under 5:28 last spring and are capable of making it individually,” Weber noted.

Wesco Conference rival Glacier Peak won the girls cross country state title in 2012, but Weber is ready to challenge the Grizzlies with Schroth, Walter, Nelson and Gustafson. “That’s a solid front four capable of competing against any team in our league, including Glacier Peak,” he said. Weber also pointed to junior Maddie Dellinger as a vital part of the Hawk lineup. “She is the leader of this team and a workhorse.”

While Weber wants the cross country teams to have fun this season, he also has specific goals laid out for the squads: “To sweep the Edmonds District Championships, boys, girls, JV, and finish in the top three for Wesco and districts,” he said.

The Terrace cross country teams begin their quest for championships with a four-way league meet that includes Edmonds-Woodway, Meadowdale and Snohomish on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 3:45 p.m. at Lynndale Park, 18927-72nd Ave. W. in Lynnwood. The teams are scheduled to compete in six regular-season meets this year, capped by the Edmonds District Meet on Oct. 17 back at Lyndale Park.

The WIAA state cross country meet is set for Nov. 3 in Pasco.

— By Doug Petrowski

 

 

           

 

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