Jefferson retains SPSL cross country title


Associate editor

After winning a second-consecutive South Puget Sound League team title Wednesday, the Jefferson girls cross country team is still hungry.

While the team won the convincing 52 points to second-place Auburn’s 133 points, the Raiders didn’t have an individual win the race.

Kentridge’s Sarah Benson won the girls race in 19:34. Jessica Schroeder, the first Raider across the line, finished third.

“The girls ran well. It would have been nice to win the team championship and have an individual winner,” Jefferson coach Paul Ruston said, noting that Alyson Hunt led the race for about two miles. “Hopefully that means they’ll be more motivated, like they feel they still have things to prove, because we still have big meets coming up.”

The West Central District meet is next Saturday at Spanaway Lake Golf Course. The girls start at 1 p.m. and the boys run at 2:30 p.m.

Carl Moe of Auburn Riverside won the boys’ race Wednesday in 15:16.4. Decatur junior Shaun Helm was the fastest local runner, finishing in sixth place. His teammate, Chris Williams, was eighth, and Jefferson junior Kyle Anderson was ninth.

The Jefferson boys’ team finished third overall. The Decatur boys also advanced to districts by placing sixth.

The Federal Way girls’ team, led by Jessica Hafen’s fifth-place finish, took fifth in the team competition to qualify for districts.

Ninth-grader Becky Williams, who runs for Decatur, placed sixth.

Other girls runners who qualified for district competition include Jefferson’s Alyson Hunt, Erin Schroeder, Tera Brockman, Chelsea Dier and Laila Staerk. Federal Way’s Ashley Verkler qualified by placing 18th.

Boys who qualified include Jefferson’s Sam Wambugu, Bryce Gravel and Chris Bunting. Federal Way’s Aaron Lee and Decatur’s Dave Larpenteur also qualified for districts.

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