CROSS COUNTRY: Beamer girls qualify for first-ever state meet, Tafere finishes 13th

For the first time in the history of Todd Beamer High School, the Titan girls' cross country team will run at the state meet.

Beamer finished up in eighth place at the massive Westside Classic District Cross Country Meet Saturday at American Lake Golf Course in Lakewood. The top-eight teams qualified for the 16-team Class 4A State Girls Cross Country Meet, which will take place Saturday at the Sun Willows Golf Course in the Tri-Cities.

The Titans were led again by sophomore Ashley Mason, who finished in 24th-place overall over the 5,000-meter course at the district championships in a time of 19:37.7.

Mason was followed by teammates Angela Mendoza (24th place, 20:44.1), Lily Do (61st, 21:11.0), Alyssa Donawa (70th, 21:23.2), Paige Hallstrom (87th, 21:51.6), Alyssa Odom (89th, 21:52.4) and Jessa Barth (91st, 21:53.7).

Things should only get better for the Titans in year's to come. All seven of Beamer's runners are underclassmen and only one of them is even a junior, the rest are freshmen and sophomores.

But the girls' team won't be the only representatives from Beamer running in the Tri-Cities this weekend. Junior Haftom Tafere and sophomore Austin Jex both qualified individually for the state meet.

Tafere had the best individual finish of any Federal Way school district runner Saturday when he ended up in 13th overall in a time of 16:13.3. Jex was right behind in 18th place in a time of 16:21.7.

The Beamer boys finished in 10th place as a team. Tahoma won the boys team title and Camas ran away with the girls championship.

Jefferson will be represented by a pair of runners at state. Senior Yohan Gebrehiwet finished in 33rd place in a time of 16:43.2 in the boys' race and junior Kelin Doner was 30th on the girls' side in a time of 19:53.8.

Federal Way's Tremaine Rambo will be the lone Eagle in the Tri-Cities after he finished in 38th place at the district meet in a time of 16:48.1.

Decatur had a pair of athletes competing in the 3A portion of the Westside Classic District Meet. Junior Kaden Lusink finished in 30th place overall in a time of 17:35.9 on the boys' side and sophomore Emma Dalin was 40th in the girls' race in 21:53.0. The top-25 individual finishers qualified for the Class 3A State Meet.

Westside Classic Results:

Class 4A Girls

Team Scores: Camas 29, Tahoma 71, Bellarmine Prep 83, Central Kitsap 159, Union 165, Olympia 214, Auburn Riverside 224, Beamer 245, Puyallup 263, South Kitsap 263, Kentridge 292, Emerald Ridge 292, Thomas Jefferson 298, Kentwood 304, Heritage 312, Kent Meridian 387.

Top Individuals: Alexa Efraimson (C ) 17:52.0; Jordan McPhee (MR) 18:25.0; Alissa Pudlitzke (C ) 18:36.9; Alexis Fuller (U) 18:40.9; Elizabeth Oosterhout (T) 18:42.6; Daryl Phill (BP) 18:46.7; Maddie Woodson (C )18:48.1; Delaney Tiernan (T) 18:51.8; Cassie McKinney (U) 18:54.6; Megan Napier (C ) 19:00.1; Sofia Kane (O) 19:06.3; Camille Parsons (C ) 19:13.9; Rose Christen (CK) 19:14.2; Sara Taferre (S) 19:18.2; Madison Colley (ER) 19:18.7; Darby Womack (SK) 19:22.7; Hannah Derby (BP) 19:24.8; Abby Atchison (T) 19:27.8; Amanda Kiefer (T) 19:28.3; Jessica Peterson (SK) 19:30.9; Laura Staeheli (BP) 19:33.0; Sophie Carroll (CK) 19:33.2; Jordan Thurston (BP) 19:34.1; Ashley Mason (TB) 19:37.7.

Class 4A Boys

Team scores: Tahoma 93, Gig Harbor 96, Camas 128, Olympia 145, Kentwood 192, Puyallup 204, Curtis 219, Bellarmine Prep 220, Skyview 228, Todd Beamer 228, Kentridge 262, South Kitsap 266, Battle Ground 268, Auburn Riverside 305, Kentlake 307, Thomas Jefferson 314.

Top individuals: Wolfgang Beck (GH) 15:33.2, Mark Tedder (BG) 15:41.2, Logan Carroll (GH) 15:44.0, Colby Gilbert (Sky) 15:45.8, Peter Kesting (O) 15:49.1, Riley Campbell (Tah) 15:58.1, Nate Van Haitsma (O) 16:01.1, James Dagley (Tah) 16:02.5, Tristan Peloquin (GH) 16:05.6, Alexander Martinez (KL) 16:07.7, Andrew Duffy (C) 16:10.4, Michael Ottesen (P) 16:13.0, Haftom Tafere (TB) 16:13.3, Wyatt Halverson (O) 16:16.5, Mason Fletcher (P) 16:18.2, Tucker Boyd (Cam) 16:19.6, Trevor Love (AR) 16:20.2, Austin Jex (TB) 16:21.7, Robin Cheema (KW) 16:22.9, Andrew Kaler (Cam) 16:25.3, Michael Hammer GH) 16:28.9, Tyler Flannery (Aub) 16:30.2, Jonathan Jackson (GK) 16:30.5, Sterling Bath (KR) 16:31.5, Endalkachew Abebaw (KR) 16:31.8.

Class 3A Boys

Team scores: Columbia River 58, Enumclaw 92, Lakes 124, North Thurston 127, Shelton 130, Bonney Lake 139, Kelso 146, Highline 164, Peninsula 171, Mountain View 232, Timberline 277, Wilson 337.

Top individuals: Cody Williamson (She) 16:16.3, Austin Blankenship (Col. River) 16:27.2, Daniel Karpman (Haz) 16:38.4, Christian Rotter (AM) 16:39.3, Nicholas McMillan (CR) 16:45.8, Samuel Gustafsson (H) 16:47.7, Stephen Nelson (Lake) 16:48.7, Nick Dorsett (KC) 16:52.1, Alec Rhome (E) 16:55.1, Zach Taylor (Shel) 16:57.6, James Jasperson (NT) 17:06.9, Greg Edgecomb (L) 17:07.7, Tyler Reece (NT) 17:09.3, Nick Mounier (Kelso) 17:09.7, Ian Rose (CR) 17:10.4, Eddie Campos (HB) 17:13.3, Jarek Rasmussen (L) 17:13.7, Miles Park (CR) 17:14.6, Ron Leaf (Kelso) 17:15.7, Ryan McGraw (BL) 17:18.8, Nicholas Hurst (MV) 17:22.2, Eric Hamel (E) 17:23.1, Josh Nord (H) 17:24.1, Dylan Hamel (E) 17:25.0, Eric Voellger (BL) 17:25.5.

Class 3A Girls

Team Scores: Prairie 42, Peninsula, Enumclaw 67, Bonney Lake 118, Columbia River 134, North Thurston 196, Kelso 197, Lakes 217, Kennedy Catholic 248, Timberline 257, Woodrow Wilson 273, Shelton 299.

Top Individuals: Nicole Goecke (Pra) 18:46.4; Lindsay Tompkins (Pra) 19:22.9; McKenzi Bravo (Pen) 19:35.8; Sarah Manning (Pen) 19:41.1; Jamie Ferris (Pra) 19:46.2; Hannah Calvert (E) 19:58.2; Katie Lynch (Pen) 20:10.7; Aleea Gwerder (E) 20:15.7; Emma Jones (Pen) 20:16.2; Samantha Engebretsen (E) 20:17.9; Hallie Whitley (NT) 20:27.5; Marie Wilson (BL) 20:30.3; Thais Pedro (Highline) 20:31.8; Kenna Valentich (T) 20:33.1; Sierra Espinal (BL) 20:36.9; Allison Hammer (AM) 20:39.2; Lindsay Asplund (Pra) 20:40.8; Jessica Bork (K) 20:41.4; Mekenzie Voellger (BL) 20:49.1; Shelby Alongi (WW) 20:49.6; Nicole Tompkins (Pra) 20:49.9; Kara Krebs (MV) 20:52.8; Abby Callison (E) 20:54.4; Grayson Burke (CR) 21:00.0; Caitlyn Goodwin (NT) 21:08.1

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