CK, KSS emerge in XC battle

Everybody got a little something to be happy about Wednesday, when the cross country squads from Klahowya, Central Kitsap and Olympic converged at the Fairgrounds.

Central Kitsap edged Olympic for the boys title and Klahowya set the pace on the girls side at the Central Kitsap School District Championships.

CK took the boys crown thanks to a team score of 35, edging Oly’s 3 and topping Klahowya’s 48.

The Eagles’ ladies stepped it up however, scoring 30 to beat CK (40 and the Trojans (52).

The Eagles also took both individual titles, thanks to Anthony Orkiolla’s time of 14 minutes, 48 seconds. That just edged Cougars Cascade Herriott, who finished in 14:49 in the tightest race of the meet. Fellow CK runner Tyler McFarland and Eagle Noah Caffrey tied for third, with each finishing just 2 seconds behind Orkiolla at 14:50.

Olympic’s Brenden Schruhl led all Trojan boys with a time of 15:07, good for fifth overall.

To no surprise, Sierra Cook continued her dominance, winning the girls race for Klahowya in 16:46. That set the pace, as runner-up and fellow Eagle Emily Cox finished in 17:21. They were the only girls runners to finish the course in under 18 minutes.

Central Kitsap’s Nikki Crone took third, running the course in 18:01 while Trojan Camie Yeik took fourth at 18:07.

Trojan teammate Annika Turner rounded out the top five with a time of 18:23.

Bremerton also raced in the event but their times and scores did not factor into the race results amongst CK, Oly and KSS.

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