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Raiders run away with all-city title

By COLE COSGROVE

Associate editor

Jefferson cross country coach Paul Ruston can sleep a little easier tonight.

Ruston was worried about preparing the slide show for the end-of-the-season pep assembly.

He had plenty of material about the girls team — defending SPSL champions, back-to-back 8-0 seasons — but he wasn’t quite sure what he could say about the boys.

“For the guys, I was going to say something like, ‘They work really hard. They gave a good effort,’ ” Ruston said. “It’s nice to be able to say both teams are 8-0.”

Thanks to wins at Wednesday’s all-city meet, both the boys and the girls finished the regular season without a loss.

Jessica and Erin Schroeder, sophomore twin sisters, finished first and second to lead the Jefferson girls.

“It feels really good,” said Jessica Schroeder, who finished with a time of 19:51. “I haven’t been doing my best this season. This course was nice because I like hills. I’m good at pushing up the hills and striding down them.”

“It was one of my best races,” Erin Schroeder said. “I hadn’t been that close to (Jessica) this season. She pushed me most of the way.”

It’s the first time the sisters have finished first and second in a high school race.

Federal Way senior Jessica Hafen finished third.

“Those two TJ girls are super-fast,” Hafen said. “I just tried to stay with them. I’m super-competitive so I hate getting third, but I know I ran my best.”

Decatur senior Chris Williams won the boys race in 16:13.

“It feels great,” Williams said. “My first couple races this season, (Decatur teammate) Shaun (Helm) beat up on me. I felt strong today.”

Jefferson junior Kyle Anderson was three seconds back in 16:19, followed by Helm in third place in 16:35.

Anderson was fourth for most of the race, then on the last hill he passed everyone to momentarily take the lead.

“Then he (Williams) passed me on the backstretch,” Anderson said.

It’s the first undefeated season for the Jefferson boys team.

“Kyle Anderson surprised me a lot,” Williams said. “Now I know they’re the real deal.”

“It’s awesome,” Anderson said. “We’re so excited, words can’t explain it. We worked so hard all season.”

For the girls, the victory extends the Raiders’ winning streak to 16 races.

“It’s like no other feeling,” Jessica Schroeder said. “Personal accomplishment is great, but it’s nice to share the feeling with everyone on your team.”

Notes

• Jefferson junior Tera Brockman, Jefferson’s No. 1 runner this season, was sidelined with a hip injury prior to the all-city race. She is expected to compete in next Wednesday’s district meet.

“Now I’m really excited for next week,” Brockman said. “I can’t wait to run.”

• Decatur’s Chris Williams won the boys race, his sister Becky, a ninth-grader, finished fifth in the girls race and his brother Keith, a junior, finished fourth in the boys JV race.

“I would have liked to have all three Williams win all three of the races,” Chris said. “It’s been a lot of fun running together this season.”

• Jefferson’s Kyle Anderson, who finished second in the boys race, played on the golf team last season before his girlfriend, Amy Miller (who finished sixth) told him to join the cross country team.

“I wanted to hang out with her and stuff so she told me I had to come out,” Anderson said. “I’m glad I did.”

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