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Lakewood cross county hosts meet


September 27, 2017 | View PDF

Andrew Hines

Lakewood's Spencer Solvberg comes down the hill on the final stretch of the race at Lakewood High School on Sept. 20.

The Lakewood Cougars cross country team welcomed the Sehome Mariners, Lynden Lions and Lynden Christian Lyncs on Sept. 20.

On the men's side the Cougars had a few standouts who placed in the top 15, but couldn't manage to score enough points as they placed fourth with a score of 89. Lynden Christian and Lynden tied for second place as they each scored 59 points. Sehome came away with the victory as they scored 42.

On the women's side Lakewood performed incredibly as they had a score of 42, which placed them second, only behind Sehome who scored 20. Lynden Christian and Lynden came in third and fourth, respectively, with scores of 69 and 120.

"On both teams we have work to do in order to get better at our craft, but I am pleased with their energy and team-first mindset they have bought into everything we do here, especially things outside of the running portion, better than any group we've had here," said Lakewood Head Coach Jeff Sowards.

Andrew Hines

photo BY Andrew Hines From left, Holly Riley leads the pack of Cougar runners, followed by Jessika Smith, Palina Buchanan and Kallie Yargus at Lakewood High School on Sept. 20.

Adam Cross, Alex Jensen and Spencer Solvberg were the top three finishers for the Lakewood men's team. Cross finished 11th overall with a time of 17:35.8, with Jensen coming in right behind him in 12th place and a time of 17:42.6. Solvberg came in a few spots later as he finished in 15th place with a time of 17:55.3.

Lakewood's top two women's runners came in the sophomore duo of Callie Buchanan and Madison Howe. Buchanan finished fourth overall with a time of 21:37.9 and had Howe came in right behind her in fifth place with a time of 21:38.5.

"We've been very fortunate to have more than 80 kids come out of our program and then go on to run in college. But those that embrace the idea of training patiently and knowing that their best races are after high school will have a lot of success. They have to let their bodies develop as they become better runners," said Coach Sowards.

If you want to check out the next, and last, home meet of the season the Lakewood Cougars will be hosting the Nike Hole in the Wall XC Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 7, at 11 a.m.


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