Through the mist and the fog, one thing was clear: Sequim’s boys cross country squad was primed to dominate the league meet.
The only question was, by how much?
The Wolves put their seven runners in the top 18 places for a team score of 43, easily outdistancing themselves from runners-up Kingston and third Port Angeles (84 points each) on their home league course at The Cedars at Dungeness on Oct. 24.
Combined with Sequim’s girls’ fifth-place finish — fourth among 2A schools — both squads earned berths at the district meet next weekend near Tacoma.
Despite two of Sequim’s top three runners finishing farther back in the pack than expected, Wolves coach Harold Huff said he was pleased by the Sequim boys’ performance.
“The next four guys picked it up again today,” Huff said.
Peter Ohnstad led Sequim with a third place finish overall.
“It’s a good course for me,” Ohnstad said. “I was cold … but by the second mile I felt pretty good.”
Mikey Cobb, Sequim’s top runner for much of the season, placed ninth.
“It was the cold that roughed me up,” he said. “At the start of the second lap, I stumbled a bit down the hill.”
Chris Jeffko edged teammate Brendon Despain at the finish for 10th place, followed closely by Jackson Oliver (14th), C.J. Daniels (15th) and Christian Ash (18th).
(Sequim’s junior varsity boys dominated their race at the league meet as well, with Dylan Chatters taking the title, Oscar Herrera in second and August O’Shea in third.)
“For us to get to the next level, Mikey and Brendon have to pick it up and be more consistent,” Huff said.
Freshmen once again led Sequim’s girls effort, with Erin Vig taking 16th and Elizabeth Rosales in 20th.
Vig said she was running with a sinus infection but still bested her personal record by about a minute at 21:37.78.
“I thought I was going to do a lot worse because I was sick,” she said.
“She ran a courageous race,” Huff said.
Siana Turner finished 35th and Alexis Cromer 36th, with Isabel Dalm 42, Emily Webb in 43rd and Sydney Hastings in 48th place.
“They put it together,” Huff said of Sequim’s girls.
Port Angeles won the girls’ meet (38 points), edging No. 7-ranked North Kitsap (43 points).
Vig said the difference between running the event in middle school and high school was quite different. Her plan is to recover and get some rest before districts on Saturday, Nov. 2, in Tacoma, to vie for the state meet the following Saturday in Pasco.
The district meet, called the Westside Classic, brings top 2A teams from across the region to American Lake Golf Course. Last year’s 2A boys race saw Sumner edge Lindbergh by six points for the team title, with White River third and Sequim in fourth.
North Kitsap won last year’s district 2A girls meet, with Sequim’s girls placing ninth.
Huff said he likes his Sequim’s boys’ chances, with Lindbergh being the top competitor.
While some teams may be more rested and looking to peak at district, Huff said he plans to train his runners through districts with an eye on peaking at the state meet, set for Nov. 9 in Pasco.
“I’m sure we’ll go to state,” Ohnstad said. “A top-five finish would be sweet.”
Cobb said he’s hopeful for a top-four finish at districts, a finish that might help him forget about a disappointing league race.
“I only have to feel bad for a week,” Cobb said.