All Hornets cross country teams heading to West Central District championships

EHS girls placed first in the South Puget Sound League 2A championships

All four cross country programs from the Plateau – that’s boys’ and girls’ teams from both Enumclaw and White River high schools – have advanced to the coming West Central District championships.

The district meet is set for this Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Chambers Creek site in University Place. From there, select runners will qualify for the Class 2A state meet, set for Nov. 5 at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco.

The local runners earned a WCD berth during the Oct. 22 South Puget Sound League 2A championships, contested at Fort Steilacoom Park.

Here’s a look at how the Plateau athletes fared at the SPSL 2A meet.


The Hornet girls won the nine-team league meet, totaling 60 points to outdistance second-place Steilacoom.

The EHS girls’ squad consisted of: Ava Sawyer, fourth place with a time of 21:10; Lillian Haas, eighth, 21:52.0; Jasmine Dumontet, ninth, 21:52.; Lindsay Essex, 11th, 22:16; Anali Johnson, 28th, 24:00; Brynne Stafford, 30th, 24:19; and Ahna Lemeshko, 36th, 25:00.


McCoy Brooks ran the Fort Steilacoom Park course in 16:06, leading the EHS boys to a second-place finish in the league field.

Other team members were Evan Cheney, fourth place, 16:59; Henry Tripp, sixth, 17:29; Liam Lenard, 15th, 18:10; Kane Thorson, 28th, 18:54; Jeremy Dumler, 32nd, 18:59; and Michael Poleski, 37th, 19:13.


The White River squad was paced by Michael Marlow’s time of 17:08, which landed him fifth in the league field.

Others competing for White River, which placed fourth in the team standings, were: Christian Chaussee, ninth, 17:46; Drew Sprouse, 21st, 18:28; Josiah Dehnert, 25th, 18:43; Porter Simmons, 30th, 18:55; Cannon Ross, 31st, 18:58; and Wesley Williams, 34th, 19:08.


Emma Tomlinson was the No. 2 finisher with a time of 20:26, leading the Hornet girls’ team to a third-place finish.

Teammates included Evelyn Holmes, 15th, 22:39; Soleil Bianchi, 16th, 22:40; Paityn Kaydus, 17th, 22:43; Lily Rodarte, 27th, 23:57; Nativity Leddy, 31st, 24:22; and Taylor Simon, 33rd, 24:32.