Cook claims WCD 2A girls crown

STEILACOOM — For the first time since 2002, both the Klahowya boys and girls cross country teams will be participating in the state race this weekend.

The Eagles finished third for the boys and second for the girls at the 2A West Central District 3 race, held at American Lake Golf Course in Steilacoom.

Sierra Cook was the talk of the 2A meet, winning her first district title in a time of 19:18, which Klahowya coach Marty Krafcik said was slower than she wanted to finish.

“I think she was (happy) but I think she thought she’d be a little faster,” Krafcik said. “But any time you win, the time is secondary. That was pretty stellar.”

With the victory under her belt, Cook will be a legitimate contender for the 2A state crown.

“We were pretty excited about it, that’s for sure,” Krafick said of Cook’s win. “She had a plan in mind and she stuck with it. She had beat Hannah (Granger of Port Townsend) before, but never in a big race.”

In previous seasons, the boys would have missed as only the top two teams were allocated to state. This season, that was changed to the top three.

“It’s great to get both teams to state. It’s not easy to do,” Krafcik said. “It’s always hard to get both teams to state. And that made the difference for the guys because otherwise, they wouldn’t have made it.”

That saved the day for Noah Caffrey, the No. 2 runner on the boys team this season. Caffrey was on a strong pace when he was hit with abdominal cramps that forced him to stop for a short period, walk for a period, and gradually work his way back into a run.

“It was kind of strange because he just came to a dead stop,” Krafcik said. “But he struggled through it and helped us. It was pretty inspirational to watch him go through that.”

Klahowya’s Anthony Orkiolla had a great day, taking fourth in the boys race in 17:31. Ben Masters was ninth with a time of 17:59. Lucille Hosford helped round out the girls side with a sixth-place effort of 20:31, and Emily Cox was seventh at 20:38.

The state meet is this weekend at Sun Willow Golf Course in Pasco.

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