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FWay Track Club rolling to national X-country meet
By CASEY OLSON
The Federal Way Track Club had another strong performance at the Junior Olympic National Cross Country Regional Championships held last month in Spokane.
The meet featured the top cross country runners from 9 to 18 years old from Washington, Idaho and Oregon. The top-20 finishers in each race qualified for the National Cross Country Championship Meet, which will be held Saturday in Providence, RI.
The Federal Way Track Club had three individual regional age-group winners, as well as three regional championship teams.
It was a great performance by the kids, head coach Darryl Genest said. Im very proud of them.
The FWTC 15-16 boys team had five of the top-seven finishers in Spokane, led by individual winner Blake Cowan of Puyallup. Justin Englund (Decatur High School) finished second, Colby Peters (Rogers) was fourth, Justin Helm (Decatur) finished 10th and Tyler DAmato (Kentlake) ended up 12th in the 5-kilometer race. The Federal Way Track Club also won the 9-10 year old boys and girls team titles. Both races were 3000 meters.
In the 9-10 boys division, Federal Ways David Goldstone (Spring Valley Montessori) qualified for his third cross country national championship appearance with a first-place finish.
Goldstone attends Spring Valley Montessori School in Federal Way. Other team scorers included Simon Barbe (fourth), Joseph Gabriel (13th), Harrison Devine (16th) and 6-year-old Jesse Goldstone (19th).
The other individual regional champion was Sumners Ashlee Sincraugh in the 13-14 girls race.
In the 9-10 girls, FWTC got a second-place finish from Amy-Eloise Neale, a third from Eliza Rice, fifth from Lily Englebrekt and a ninth from Federal Ways Christine Carr.
Other Federal Way Track Club qualifiers for the National Cross Country Championship Meet were Chad Meis (third place, 17-18 boys), Jacob Jones (sixth, 17-18 boys), Annie Laweryson (second, 15-16 girls), Justine Ross (seventh, 15-16 girls), Eric Walsh (18th, 13-14 boys), Erin Chinchar (ninth, 13-14 girls) and Federal Ways Jordan Coffee (20th, 11-12 girls).