Kamiakin High School Distance Runners: My Site News: 2013 Bob Firman, Walla Walla MCC, and Nike Pre-Nationals Summary and Look Ahead to Sunfair (Click here for more)

Monday, September 30
2013 Bob Firman, Walla Walla MCC, and Nike Pre-Nationals Summary and Look Ahead to Sunfair (Click here for more)

The past eight days have seen the Braves compete in a pair of high-powered invitational meets, as well as their first Mid-Columbia Conference league meet of the 2013 racing season.  The results have been impressive.

On Saturday 9/21, the men competed in the Bob Firman Invitational in Boise, Idaho.  This 5km course is the one that hosts the regional qualifying meet for the Nike Cross Country National Championship race later in the year, and is not known as a fast course.  Against a field featuring some of the top teams in the West, the junior varsity men won their race.  Led by a second place finish by Jonathan Lafferty (17:21.04), the Braves placed all five of their scoring runners in the top 15 in this race, scoring an impressive 32 points in a field of over 250 runners – less than half the points of their nearest competitor (Davis from Utah, finishing second with 72 points).

 The varsity men were led to 5th place in the Elite race by Garret Kraal, who finished 26th in a time of 16:13.98.  Despite a pile-up on the course which resulted in a few slips, trips and falls for Kamiakin, the Braves were able to place six runners in the top 80 of a field of over 170 runners.  Their 5th place finish was only 7 points behind 4th place Ogden (Utah 3A State Champions).  The top three teams were Gig Harbor (Washington 4A #3 in 2012, currently ranked #2 in the Nation), North Central (Washington 3A State Champions), and Bingham (Utah 5A #4 in 2012).

Notable performances: Trevor Beswick (17:47.04, PR for 5km, 1st time under 18 for 5km); Ben Brooks (16:50.62, PR for 5km by almost a minute! 1st time under 17 for 5km); and Travis Crumpler (18:10, a 5km PR by nearly two minutes!).  Great work, guys!

Thursday 9/26 saw the Braves rack up an impressive set of wins in their MCC league meet.  The JV men dominated their race, placing nine runners in the top 10, led by a first place finish by Brent Christianson (17:05.8).  The JV women were also impressive, placing nine runners in the top 15 in their race, behind a 2nd place finish from Katie Fitzgerald, in a time of 21:56.3 over the 5km course.  The Varsity men, led by a first place finish by Garrett Kraal (15:47.2) placed all seven runners in the top 11 in their race, easily beating all other teams in the double-dual scoring format.  A great start towards a League Championship for the Braves.   The Varsity women were led by a second place finish by Megan Beauchene (19:10.4), beating all teams except Richland in the double-dual format.  The loss to Richland was by a single point, with the girls running minus one of their usual top 5 scoring runners.  Next time, ladies!

The Walla Walla course was changed from last year, to a 5km versus 3 miles.  There were several notable performances on this revised course.  For the men, these included Traven Bills (18:22.9, 5km PR), Kilian Cartmel (19:33.9, 5km PR by almost a minute!), Brent Christianson (17:05.8, 5km PR), Philip Fishburn (16:36.4, 5km PR by over 1:45!), Cameron Glade (16:10.8, 5km PR), Garrett Kraal (5km PR), Daniel Sanchez (16:29.5, 5km PR), Ismael Torrelli (19:06.7, 5km PR by over 1:45!), and Brian Walker (19:02.9, 5km PR).  For the ladies, our “notables” included Lindsey Barr (21:57.3, PR by over 2 minutes for 5km!), Katie Fitzgerald (21:56.3, 5km PR), Kayla Madsen (23:53.7, 5km PR), Miquette Orren (22:10.3, 5km PR),  Kirsten Paulson (26:28.7, 5km PR), Jori Perrins (20:49.3, 5km PR), and Kaylee Sanchez (19:17.6, 5km PR by more than 2:30!).

Saturday 9/28 saw the ladies in Portland for the Nike Pre-National meet.  This meet is run on the same course as the Nike Team Nationals in December; the December race is notorious for its horrible conditions (mud, mud, and more mud!).  The course is typically much drier for the September Pre-National race – but not this year.  A record-setting storm (the remnants of a Pacific Typhoon) dumped inches of rain on the course Friday night, leaving a muddy mess for the race on Saturday.  Needless to say, 5km times were not quick for this meet (no PRs for anyone),  but the ladies were able to secure 8th place finishes against some of the top teams in the West in both the Junior Varsity Championship and Jim Danner (Varsity) Championship races.  Brooke Moon and Kayla Madsen secured Top 50 finishes (out of a field of over 200) in the Freshman/Sophomore race.  Lindsey Barr led the Lady Braves in the JV Championship race with a 22nd place finish.  Katie Fitzgerald (24th), Miquette Orren (43rd), and Cortni Bisson (47th) were also Top 50 finishers in the JV race.  Kaylee Sanchez (16th) place led the Braves in the Varsity race, with Megan Beauchene also finishing in the lead portion of the pack (26th place).

Looking ahead … both the men and women are back together again this coming Saturday for the Sunfair Invitational at Lincoln Park in Yakima, Washington.  Sunfair has a variety of races (mostly segregated by school class) for the junior varsity runners, and a unique “flights” approach for the Varsity races.  For these races, each team runs its 7th position runners together in one race, then their 6th position runners, and so on, until all seven varsity runners have competed.  The team score is the sum of the places for each of the seven runners in their respective races.  For all but the last flight (the #1 runners), the men and women run together in the same race (but are scored separately).  If this sounds confusing, its simpler to see in action than it is to explain.

This meet is another one that typically draws top teams from Washington, Idaho, and Oregon.  At press time, the teams scheduled to appear include Couer d’Alene (women’s team is defending Idaho 5A Champions, and ranked #2 in the Northwest; men were #3 in Idaho 5A in 2012), Boise (women were #3 in Idaho 5A in 2012), Hermiston (men were #3 in Oregon 5A in 2012), Liberty-Issaquah (women are 5th in Coaches Poll for Washington 3A), Central Valley (men are defending Washington 4A champions and ranked 3rd in the latest Coaches Poll; women are ranked #5), Eisenhower (men ranked #2 for 4A in Washington Coaches Poll; women are ranked #4), Central Catholic (Men are ranked #3 in Northwest), Camas (women are ranked #1 in 4A Coaches Poll), Tahoma (women are ranked #2 in 4A Coaches Poll, men 5th), and North Central (men are ranked #2 in Northwest).  Should be a good meet – see you there!