TJ girls finish behind Tahoma at SPSL meet


Sports editor

It was supposed to be a dual between Tahoma and Jefferson girls. But the dual never materialized at the South Puget Sound League Cross Country Championships Wednesday at Lake Spanaway Park.

Tahoma, the regular season champions from the SPSL North, won the title with 42 points, easily outdistancing second-place TJ, who finished with 67 points. The entire Jefferson team does advance to Wednesday’s West Central District Meet at the Lake Spanaway Golf Course.

Individually, Jessica Schroeder finished up in third place in a time of 19:45 over the 3.1-mile course. Tahoma freshman Samantha Hollinger won the race in 19:30, just ahead of Kentridge’s Sarah Benson. Jefferson sophomore Hilorie Hildebrandt was fourth in 19:54.

But Jefferson’s next placer was Nicole Jarvey in 15th place. Tahoma had five runners in the top-14. Chelsea Dier was 20th in 20:35, Amy Miller was 25th in 20:51, Tera Brockman was 28th in 21:07 and Alyson Hunt was 36th in 21:25 for the Raiders.

Decatur’s six-girl team failed to qualify for the district run, but Becky Williams (eighth place in 20:07), Kim Barney (22nd in 20:39) and Brittany Fanning (23rd in 20:40) all finished in the top-40 individually. All three will run at districts.

Beamer’s McKinley Williams and Michelle Reilly both qualified for districts. Williams finished in 27th in a time of 21:04 and Reilly ended 34th in 21:21. Federal Way’s Carmen Acuna was 32nd in 21:18.


The Jefferson boys finished in third place Wednesday at Bthe South Puget Sound League Cross Country Meet behind Auburn Riverside and Tahoma. The top-eight teams advance to Wednesday’s district meet at Lake Spanaway Golf Course.

Individually, Raider senior Kyle Anderson finished up in fourth place in a time of 16:04. Sumner’s Kenny Mathews won the race in a time of 15:49. Jefferson sophomore Bryce Gravel finished 23rd in 17:12 and Erik Church was 36th in 17:27.

Decatur, who finished 11th as a team, qualified senior Shaun Helm (eighth place in 16:37). Beamer will be taking Stephen Graddon (31st in 17:22) and Federal Way’s Eli Harry qualified by finishing 34th in 17:25.

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