The Marysville-Pilchuck cross country team hosted the Arlington Eagles, Glacier Peak Grizzlies and the Shorewood Thunderbirds on Sept. 12.

The Tomahawks only had two girls compete in the varsity race, so they were unable to put up a score for the team. However, Marysville-Pilchuck’s boys team ended with a score of 88 which put them in last out of the four teams.

Arlington competed hard from the top of their roster to the bottom as they secured a second-place finish for the girls with a score of 54, compared to Glacier Peak’s score of 16. On the boys side, Arlington had a tough battle as they ended with 55 points, third place, right behind Shorewood who scored 52.

“This is the biggest team that we’ve had over the last few years so it’s exciting to have more athletes come out and compete. We have a young team so we’re trying to train them in a wide range of activities and make sure that we keep them healthy,” said Marysville-Pilchuck Head Coach Cali Burnett.

Marysville-Pilchuck’s two girl runners were junior Alexia Sandoval and sophomore Elizabeth Turral. Sandoval narrowly missed the top 20 as she finished 21st, out of 65 athletes, with a time of 22:51. Turral finished in front of 15 other runners with a 50th place finish and a time of 26:40.

The Tomahawk boys were led by three seniors, Trever Stone, Tanner Lauzon and Jeffery Richner. Stone had an impressive performance as he finished in fifth, 16:48, out of 35 runners and missed the fourth-place spot by one second. Lauzon placed 15th with a time of 17:33 and Richner finished just outside the top 20 at 21st, 18:02.

“The biggest strength of our team is our ability to have a tight pack of guys and girls near the front at all times. Having that amount of depth and consistency is how we’re going to be able to compete in a lot of the meets this year,” said Arlington Head Coach Mike Shierk.

Arlington had a lot of athletes at the top as they had eight girls finish in the top 20. Their trio of juniors led the team, which included Tailer Cochran, Paige Nelson and Jensyn Smith. Cochran crossed the line in fifth place with a time of 20:26. Nelson and Smith came in close together with an 11th place, 21:35, and 13th place finish, 21:42, respectively.

The Eagles boys team also grouped up near the top as they had seven athletes finish in the top 20. They were led by junior Chance Pearston, sophomore Quincy Fankhauser and senior Favian Villanueva. All three of them finished alongside each other with a ninth, 10th and 11th place finish. Pearston led them with a time of 17:27 while Fankhauser and Villanueva finished one second behind at 17:28.

If you want to cheer on the Tomahawks or the Eagles, their next local meet will be the Nike 11th Annual Twilight Invitational hosted by Marysville Getchell on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 2:30 p.m.

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