Prep runners from throughout the area will converge upon American Lake Golf Course Saturday for the Westside Classic, the district cross country meet that determines who will advance to the state championships.
From Saturday’s meet, in Class 3A, the top six teams and top 30 individuals – both boys and girls – will advance. In 2A girls competition, it’s the top five teams and 25 individuals; among 2A boys, it’s six teams and 30 individuals.
The state meet is planned for Nov. 7 at the traditional site, Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco.
Qualifiers for the Westside Classic were determined Oct. 24 during subdistrict competition at Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood.
Local highlights from district competition include a championship effort by the Enumclaw High girls. Also in Class 3A girls competition, the Sumner squad placed fourth and Bonney Lake came in eighth. On the 3A boys side, Bonney Lake was second, Enumclaw fourth and Sumner seventh.
In the Class 2A races, the White River girls were fourth and the White River boys were a notch behind in fifth.
Top 10 finishes were turned in by the following:
3A girls: Emma Sjolund, Sumner, first place, 18:47.4; Hunter Storm, Enumclaw, fourth, 19:20.5; LaRee Graham, Bonney Lake, eighth, 19:56.7; Samantha Engebretsen, Enumclaw, ninth, 20:04.3.
3A boys: Brock Frame, Bonney Lake, second place, 16:09.8; William Glick, Bonney Lake, third, 16:26.4; Eric Hamel, Enumclaw, fourth; 16:28.10; Teagan Eldridge, Enumclaw seventh, 16:35.3; Joel Mott, Sumner, eighth, 16:40; Bennett Hillier, Bonney Lake, ninth, 16:43.10.
2A girls (White River): Camryn Berryhill, eighth, 20:32.5; Courtney Gelmini, ninth, 20:32.7.
The top finisher for the White River boys was Konnor Sokalski, who placed 16th with a time of 17:29.2.