Prep cross country: Four Hawks qualify for state championships

MTHSHawks logoThe cross country teams of Mountlake Terrace High School found out Saturday just how tough postseason competition is the 2A classification as neither the boys nor the girls squads qualified as a team to the WIAA state championships next month.

The Hawks girls team as a whole will miss out on competing at the state meet for the first time in four years after finishing sixth in the Northwest Districts 1/2 Championship Meet held at South Whidbey High School. The Terrace boys also missed out on a team berth to the state meet due to their fifth place finish at districts on Saturday.

Just the top three scoring teams from Districts 1/2 punched their ticket to the 2016 WIAA State Cross Country meet to be held on Saturday, Nov. 5.

Not all was lost for Hawk runners as four qualified for the state meet because of their individual finishes on the 5,000 meter course at South Whidbey High School. Nick Leidig placed 12th in the 2A boys race and earned a spot at the state meet; Katherine Gustafson, Jessica Ong and Sophia Nelson finished 13th, 18th and 21st respectively in the 2A girls race to grab qualifying spots for state.

For the complete results of the 2016 Northwest Districts 1/2 Cross Country Championships, click

The 2016 WIAA State Cross Country Championships are set to take place on Nov. 5 at the Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco. The 2A girls race is scheduled for 11 a.m.; the 2A boys race is slated for 1:30 p.m.

Prep Cross Country: Mountlake Terrace at Northwest Districts 1/2 Championships, Oct. 29 (at South Whidbey HIgh School, 5,000 meters)

Boys team scores

  1. Sehome  59 (qualified for the state meet)
  2. Cedarcrest  79 (qualified for the state meet)
  3. Liberty (Issaquah)  93 (qualified for the state meet)
  4. Bellingham 107
  5. Mountlake Terrace 138
  6. Burlington-Edison 190
  7. Lakewood 199
  8. Anacortes 218
  9. Lynden 249
  10. Granite Falls 253
  11. Sammamish 265
  12. Archbishop Murphy 273
  13. Sedro-Woolley 320

Mountlake Terrace state qualifier (boys)

  1. Nick Leidig 17:02.06

Girls team scores

  1. Liberty (Issaquah)  55 (qualified for the state meet)
  2. Sehome  59 (qualified for the state meet)
  3. Bellingham  78 (qualified for the state meet)
  4. Cedarcrest  84
  5. Anacortes 108
  6. Mountlake Terrace 130
  7. Archbishop Murphy 186
  8. Sedro-Woolley 220
  9. Lakewood 243
  10. Burlington-Edison 284
  11. Lynden 351
  12. Sammamish 374

Mountlake Terrace state qualifiers (girls)

13. Katherine Gustafson 20:28.17
18. Jessica Ong 20:43.26
21. Sophia Nelson 20:46.97

–By Doug Petrowski

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