Willy best in the west at state cross country
June 11, 2008 · Updated 3:05 PM
"The previous week, Cathleen Willy came close to winning the West Central District.Last Saturday at Pasco, the Central Kitsap High School junior was the best prep cross country runner from the entire western half of the state.Willy finished third overall in the state Class 4A championship meet at Sun Willows Golf Course, leading the Cougars to the 10th-place team finish.In the district tournament, Willy finished second, beating everyone except Enumclaw's Alison Tubbs. At state, though, her time of 19 minutes, 25 seconds made her the top runner from west of the mountains, as Tubbs faded to 14th place at 19:53.Only Brandi McCoy of Richland (19:07) and Meredith Crane of Yakima's Davis (19:12) finished ahead of her.Willy won the 3.1-mile Olympic League championship race in 19:08, then posted a fleet 18:56 on the flat district course at Tumwater Valley Golf Club to prep for her state-meet performance.Olympic's Megan Walker-Richards, like Willy a junior, ran to 20th place, finishing in 20:04 in her second state appearance.CK freshman Kim Reiland took 37th place at 20:24. Another freshman, Crystal Lundahl, was 84th, with Katie Trent (121st), Christina Willy (124th), Jannel Emery (142nd) and Erin Jensen (143rd) rounding out the Cougars' top-10 finish. Of that group, Trent, Christina Willy and Jensen are the only seniors.Eisenhower won the team title with 83 points, led by senior Angela Talarico's 12th-place individual finish. South Kitsap was ninth at 209, with Central Kitsap at 253.The Cougar girls were fourth as a team at the West Central-Southwest District meet, and took fourth again among teams from those districts at state. Bellarmine was fifth and Gig Harbor seventh ahead of the Wolves and Cougs.Spokane teams dominated the boys 4A meet, with Mead (95 points) first, University (107) second and Mt. Spokane (113) third. Port Angeles, which dominated the Olympic League, was 13th on the boys ladder with 296 points.Joe Miller of Bremerton was the top local finisher among the 4A boys, taking 60th place in 17:19. Olympic's Dan Frederick was 69th, running in 17:22. The top Port Angeles runner, Austin Blackburn, was 44th.Klahowya's Chris Swanson, the first runner ever to represent the Eagles in a state meet, finished 50th in the Class 2A race, clocking in at 17:53. East Valley of Yakima edged South Whidbey for the 2A team title, paced by the 1-3 individual finishes of Matt Owens (16:25) and Brett Murphy (16:40).Junior Lindsey Redfern ran to a 35th-place finish in the girls A-B competition, posting a 23:04 time. The Warriors' Emil Rogstad finished 102nd among the A-B boys. "