Enumclaw cross country crews sweep in course debut

The Enumclaw High boys and girls cross country teams inaugurated their new course at the Pete’s Pool/Expo Center Sept. 15 with a win on both sides.

The Enumclaw girls defeated Decatur 15-48 and the boys won 21-39.

Coach Tod Witzel reported Aleea Gwerder won the meet with a time of 20 minutes, 49 seconds. The girls took the top five spots.

For the boys Kaden Lusink of Decatur set the pace with a time of 17:41. Enumclaw took second through fifth to secure the team win. The top finisher for the EHS boys was Josh Sanders, second in 17:52.

Witzel said by email the meet was “a fantastic inaugural event.”

• Saturday, the Enumclaw High teams headed to Oregon to run the Nike Pre Nationals at Portland Meadows.

Witzel said, “This year runners did a fantastic job battling heavy rain, wind and extremely variable conditions after an early morning departure (6 a.m.) and a long drive.”

The girls team finished 11th among 318 teams and the boys were 20th with a score of 456.

Witzel said Samantha Engebretsen finished as the No. 1 runner for the girls with a time of 21:31.04, good for 30th place overall. Tyler Bogh was the top runner for the boys in     18:17.17, in 65th place.

“Competitors gained valuable experience facing adversity and did well against opponents from a wide range of schools we do not see in the course of normal league match ups,” Witzel said.

Enumclaw was slated to compete today, Wednesday, against Bonney Lake at the Donald Eismann Elementary course and will compete in the seventh annual Twilight Cross Country Invitational at Cedarcrest Golf Course in Marysville.