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Jefferson retains SPSL cross country title
By COLE COSGROVE
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 Auburns 133 points, the Raiders didnt have an individual win the race.
Kentridges 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 theyll 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 Hafens 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 Jeffersons Alyson Hunt, Erin Schroeder, Tera Brockman, Chelsea Dier and Laila Staerk. Federal Ways Ashley Verkler qualified by placing 18th.
Boys who qualified include Jeffersons Sam Wambugu, Bryce Gravel and Chris Bunting. Federal Ways Aaron Lee and Decaturs Dave Larpenteur also qualified for districts.