At the West Central District Championships last Saturday, the Pirates boys and girls cross country teams competed against seven other teams and succeeded in placing junior Ella Yarkin as a State qualifier in 13th over the “long” 5k course in a time of 23:13. Yarkin will travel to Pasco this weekend to compete against all other 1A schools in the state, her second trip to State as a Pirate — she ran 22:27 there as a freshman in 2017.
The races, at Chambers Bay in University Place, took place under cloudy and then rainy conditions, making for slippery footing on the muddy grass course. Following Yarkin at Districts were senior Lucy Boyle in 22:30, senior Simone Newcomb in 26:16, and junior foreign exchange student Bea Quarta in 27:00. Final results for the Pirate boys were junior Cole Hartness in 18:58, sophomore Ursa Medeiros in 19:48, senior Garrett Mueller in 20:14, junior Simon Clark in 20:38, junior Sean Robertson in 20:48, junior Jake Harrah in 21:01, and sophomore Alec Macomber in 22:12.
The McMurray Mustang cross country teams were readied for their League Championships in their sixth race of the season last Tuesday, Oct. 23, as they had another successful meet at Jefferson Park in Tacoma under windy and cold conditions. The Mustang boys continued their winning streak, beating eight other schools while placing three runners in the top 10 over the 1.5-mile course. Scoring were Ben Larson in first in 8:54, Gabe Zapf in second in 8:59, supported by Davis Rice in 9:15, Christian Kincade in 9:59, Oli Nielsen in 10:20, Dylan Fick in 10:41.7 and Kean Timblin in 11:02.
The Pirate girls team took third out of eight teams, with Madeline Yarkin in 10:08, Alexandra Waterworth in 11:11, Amelia Medeiros in 11:16, and Taylor Huffman in 11:57. The Mustang sixth graders had another opportunity to race, their first time on the Jefferson Park course, with Xan London-Chambers taking first for the boys in 9:47, Nathan Ulrich in 11:00, Alvin Burgess in 14:14, and Forest Macnab in 14:34. Racing for the Mustang girls were Elouise Lawrence in 12:19, Ava Webb in 12:46, India Elliott in 12:58 and Neve DeVoght in 13:16. The Mustang’s final meet of the season was their League Championships at Titlow Park in Tacoma on Oct. 30 past publication deadline; results are on the Mustang web page on Athletic.net.
— By Bruce Cyra, McMurray cross country coach.