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Cross country runners look to challenge SPSL
By COLE COSGROVE
Area cross country teams started interscholastic competition this week with a preseason meet last Wednesday, but the real racing starts with this Wednesdays meets.
Bright spots in the upcoming season include the defending league champion Jefferson girls cross country team, which returns six out of the seven runners who competed at last seasons state meet.
Leading the Raiders are junior Tera Brockman and sophomores Jessica Schroeder, Erin Schroeder, Amy Miller, Alyson Hunt and Chelsea Dier. Junior Kellie Stoffel and senior Hilary Dyer will also contribute to the team.
They worked hard over the summer as a team, Jefferson coach Paul Ruston said.
Brockman and Jessica Schroeder were first team, All-SPSL selections last season
Also returning from the first-team, All-SPSL is Federal Way senior Jessica Hafen, who is looking to continue where she left off last season.
While it might not help them run any faster, Hafen and the Eagles are the defending state academic champions. The team had a 3.88 grade point average last year.
The Decatur girls team is led by seniors Bethany Cree and Kristine Migita, with top newcomers in senior Angela Floyd and ninth-graders Kim Barney and Becky Williams.
Leading the way for the Decatur boys this season is senior Chris Williams. Williams is the only returning boys runner in Federal Way with state experience.
Joining Williams is senior Dave Larpenteur, who played tennis last year, and junior Shaun Helm, who was on the all-SPSL second team last year.
I look forward to guiding these talented athletes toward their true potential, said Decatur coach Heather Kreier.
Looking to make it to the state meet this year is Federal Way senior Aaron Lee, who beat Williams in last seasons all-city meet. Lee was also named to the first team, All-SPSL last year.
The Jefferson boys team, which saw an increase in numbers this season, is led by seniors Sam Wambugu, Taylor Landrud and James Roach.