MONTESANO — The rain held off long enough for East County runners to shine in the Evergreen 1A League cross country meet.
Montesano’s Gabrielle Rudolph and Tyson Lovell swept the individual titles while Monte’s boys and Elma’s girls took team honors Thursday at Lake Sylvia State Park.
Meet organizers caught a break in yesterday’s weather pattern. Rain fell lightly during the junior high girls race, but didn’t return in earnest until minutes after the concluding boys varsity run was completed.
Composed exclusively of freshmen and sophomores, Elma’s girls tallied 26 points to finish 18 ahead of runner-up Rainier. Eagle coach Dave Beeler said it was his team’s first girls league title in nearly a decade.
“That’s a big thing for us, being so young,” Beeler said. “We worked hard this week, so they weren’t totally fresh. Hopefully, we’ll be fresh for district.”
Fielding a complete team may have been Elma’s biggest challenge. The Eagles had only five girls on hand and Mikayla Beeler, the daughter of the coach, had to run despite a lingering calf injury to meet the minimum team requirements.
Rudolph, meanwhile, made things looks easy at the head of the pack.
Running effortlessly, the Montesano junior took command early and finished more than a minute ahead of runner-up Kenna Fosnacht of Rochester with a time of 19:45.61 for 5,000 meters.
Elma’s Daphne Peek, Montesano’s Andrea Ostwald and Hoquiam’s Alaina Butler rounded out the top five.
Montesano’s boys displayed both first-place punch and depth.
Five runners were bunched together at about the 1 1/2-mile mark, but Monte’s Lovell and Christian Hamblin separated themselves from the pack by the time they emerged from the Chapin Collins Memorial Forest.
Lovell then drew away to win in 17:05.88, more than eight seconds ahead of his teammate. Elma freshmen Wesley Allen and Dylan Bennett placed third and fourth, respectively.
Two other Bulldogs, Brandon Lovell and Gabe Spearin, placed in the top 10, although Spearin took a tumble at the 2-mile mark and had to rally to finish 10th.
Although Montesano coach James Edwards initially speculated that his squad might fall victim to Elma’s or Rochester’s greater balance, the Bulldogs took team honors with surprising ease. With 38 points, the Dogs the beat runner-up Eagles by 19.
“The guys seem to be getting stronger,” Edwards offered. “We’re shooting for state and hope we can get there.”
Beeler noted personal bests from Bennett and Kyle Smith.
Butler and Luke Creviston drew praise from Hoquiam coach Jennifer Pace.
Led by individual champion Kyle Hurd, Miller of Aberdeen completed an unbeaten boys season by taking the junior high team title. Montesano’s Baylee Roble took the girls title, with the Bullpups taking the team crown.
Next up for the high schools is the District IV Class 1A meet Oct. 27 at The Evergreen State College in Olympia.
Montesano 38, Elma 57, Rochester 74, Forks 98, Rainier 98, Hoquiam 129, Tenino 177.
1. Tyson Lovell (Monte) 17:05.88. 2. Christian Hamblin (Monte) 17:14.20. 3. Wesley Allen (E) 17:28.06. 4. Dylan Bennett (E) 17:38.86. 5. Ben Hansen (Rain) 17:39.82. 6. Seth Carns (Three Rivers) 17:41.41. 7. Angel Vasquez (Roch) 18:22.06. 8. Hugo Lucas (Forks) 18:31.94. 9. Brandon Lovell (Monte) 18:41.27. 10. Gabe Spearin (Monte) 18:50.18.
Other Harborites in top 40:
13. Austin Montoure (Hoq) 18:52.09. 15. Toby Shriver (E) 19:06.62. 17. Lukas Starks (E) 19:13.89. 20. Dakota Jefferson (Monte) 19:16.32. 22. Austin Drake (Hoq) 19:20.77. 24. Kyle Smith (E) 19:27.36. 27. Austin Vinson (Monte) 19:51.43. 28. Mario Joya (Hoq) 19:51.69. 33. Luke Creviston (Hoq) 20:16.74.
Elma 26, Rainier 44, Hoquiam 51
1. Gabrielle Rudolph (Monte) 19:45.61. 2. Kenna Fosnacht (Roch) 20:49.75. 3. Daphne Peek (E) 20:53.54. 4. Andrea Ostwald (Monte) 21:03.28. 5. Alaina Butler (Hoq) 21:23.16. 6. Kari Larson (Forks) 21:43.23, 7. Guadalupe Vasquez (Roch) 21:56.97. 8. Luna Zang (E) 22:42.88. 9. Bailey Fisher (Ten) 22:56.43. 10. Sam Haley (Rain) 22:56.43.
Other Harborites in top 20:
11. Brianna Lusby (E) 23:12.45. 12. Tahni McGaughy (E) 23:16.20. 13. Reyna Sanchez (Hoq) 23:19.50. 14. Linnea Nixon (Monte) 24:08.14. 19. Mikayla Beeler (E) 25:25.72. 20. Alexis Franklin (Hoq) 25:47.91.
JUNIOR HIGH BOYS
Miller 25, Montesano 40, Tenino 59
1. Kyle Hurd (Mil) 8:53.53. 2. Kaden Vanderwerf (Three Rivers) 9:48.95. 3. Gordon Shaw (Mil) 10:01.31. 4. Joseph Shriver (E) 10:17.01. 5. Isaac Horton (E) 10:19.44.
JUNIOR HIGH GIRLS
Montesano 25, Tenino 34
1. Baylee Roble (Monte) 10:45.39. 2. Cheyanne Jines (E) 11:13.14. 3. Hannah Hartley (E) 11:20.77. 4. Ryan Wachter-Strange (Ten) 11:34.33. 5. Mckenna Miller (Monte) 11:53.35.