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PREP SPORTS WRAP: Federal Way's Mitch Stewart leads the way at state cross country meet
The cross country season came to an end Saturday at the state cross country championships in the Tri-Cities. Eight Federal Way school district runners made the journey across the mountains to compete at the Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco.
On the boys' side, Federal Way senior Mitch Stewart led the way for the district with a 42nd-place performance Saturday. Stewart, who won the last two individual tennis championships, finished the 5,000-meter course in 16:12.64.
Stewart, who is headed to the University of Washington in the fall to play tennis, chose to run cross country this year instead of defending his 4A singles title.
Beamer junior Austin Jex ended up in 50th place Saturday in 16:18.32 and teammate Blake Hansen followed in 74th in 16:30.44. Federal Way senior Mussie Simon finished in 79th in 16:35.99.
The Gig Harbor boys dominated the 4A team competition at the Sun Willows Golf Course. The Tides occupied the first three places in the race with Logan Carroll winning in a time of 15:06.37. Redmond finished second and Central Valley was third.
In the 3A boys' race, Decatur senior Kaden Lusink finished in 90th place in a time of 17:14.01.
On the girls' side, Beamer junior Ashley Mason led the way for the Federal Way school district with a 62nd-place finish. Mason completed the 5,000-meter course at Sun Willows Golf Course in 19:38.69.
The district's other qualifier, Jefferson senior Kelin Doner ended up 104th in a time of 20:18.43.
In the 3A race, Decatur junior Emma Dalin was 103rd in a time of 21:12.03.
The Federal Way Eagles fell short of the Class 4A state tournament with a 1-0 loss to Union Saturday at Art Crate Stadium at the West Central/Southwest Bi-District Tournament.
Union, the second-place team from the Greater St. Helen's League, got an early goal by Naomi McDonald and held the powerful Federal Way offense scoreless.
McDonald scored in the 10th minute on a pass from Delany Lindhal and Mo Speith made four saves in goal for the Titans.
The Eagles (12-4-2) finished second in the South Puget Sound League South Division, qualified for the winner-to-state game with a victory over South Kitsap Thursday in the opening round of the district tournament. Federal Way got both of their goals from Gabriela Pelogi, who finished with 25 on the season.
Union will take on Moses Lake in the opening round of the 4A State Girls Soccer Tournament on Wednesday.
The Decatur girls swimming and diving team will be well-represented at the Class 3A state meet, which will be held Friday and Saturday at the King County Aquatic Center.
Leading the list will be Lanie Vuong. The senior won the 100-yard butterfly Saturday at the Class 3A West Central District Championships at Lindbergh High School.
Vuong out-touched Kennedy Catholic's Hannah Baillie in the final heat by just .07 of second. Vuong swam a 1:03.23 to Baillie's 1:03.30.
Vuong will also be a part of the Gators' 200 freestyle relay team, which finished in second place at the district meet. The top-four placers in each event automatically qualified for the state championships.
The relay team of Vuong, Val McNolty, Catherine Sobus and Ciera Neely finished behind North Thursday Saturday at districts. Decatur finished in a time of 1:47.33, compared to North Thurston's 1:46.27.
Along with swimming in the relay at state, Sobus also will represent Decatur in the 1-meter diving competition. Sobus ended up in third place at the district meet with a total of 320.70 points.
The freshman will be joined by teammate Anna Paradee on the diving board. Paradee finished up in second place in diving at districts behind Auburn Mountainview's Hanna Houck. Paradee totaled 323.15 points and Houck won with 333.20.
The Gators finished sixth in the team standings with 111 points. Kennedy won the West Central District championship with 211 points.
West Central District 3 3A Championships
At Lindbergh H.S.
Team scores — Kennedy Catholic 211, Peninsula 194, North Thurston 193, Hazen 132, Wilson 112, Decatur 111, Foss 105, Auburn Mountainview 85, Shelton 63, Lakes 59, Timberline 48, Enumclaw 39, Bonney Lake 22, Highline 13.
200 medley relay — 1, Kennedy Catholic (Vanessa Moffatt, Angela Gagliardo, Hannah Baillie, Natalie Mutter), 1:54.91; 2, Peninsula (Madison Ryan, Whitney Mundle, Haley Williams, Gabrielle Witlse), 1:56.18; 3, Hazen (Talisa Wibmer, Kourtney Brunings, Clarissa Mitchell, Kristen LeBar), 1:57.74.
200 free — 1, Vanessa Moffatt, Kennedy Catholic, 1:58.46; 2, Sarah Sachs, Foss, 1:59.79; 3, Madeline Dodge, Wilson, 2:01.21.
200 IM — 1, Angela Gagliardo, Kennedy Catholic, 2:12.60; 2, Kourtney Brunings, Hazen, 2:17.35; 3, Maya Lawson-Rivera, North Thurston, 2:17.49.
50 free — 1, Arielle Howell, North Thurston, 25.85; 2, Natalie Mutter, Kennedy Catholic, 26.10; 3, Gabrielle Witlse, Peninsula, 26.22.
Diving — 1, Hanna Houck, Auburn Mountainview, 333.20; 2, Annalysa Paradee, Decatur, 323.15; 3, Catherine Sobus, Decatur, 320.70.
100 fly — 1, Lanie Vuong, Decatur, 1:03.23; 2, Hannah Baillie, Kennedy Catholic, 1:03.30; 3, Payten Goodwin, Timberline, 1:05.50.
100 free — 1, Emma Chard, Foss, 51.66; 2, Talisa Wibmer, Hazen, 55.08; 3, Arielle Howell, North Thurston, 56.02.
500 free — 1, Vanessa Moffatt, Kennedy Catholic, 5:14.05; 2, Whitney Mundle, Peninsula, 5:28.24; 3, Madeline Dodge, Wilson, 5:31.07.
200 free relay — 1, North Thurston (Megan Harn, Lauren Anderson, Maya Lawson-Rivera, Arielle Howell), 1:46.27; 2, Decatur (Val McNolty, Ciara Neely, Catherine Sobus, Lanie Vuong), 1:47.33; 3, Foss (Yana Kuloff, Nicole Ripley, Sarah Sachs, Emma Chard), 1:47.87.
100 back — 1, Talisa Wibmer, Hazen, 59.59; 2, Sarah Sachs, Foss, 1:00.95; 3, Madison Ryan, Peninsula, 1:01.29.
100 breast — 1, Emma Chard, Foss, 1:05.20; 2, Angela Gagliardo, Kennedy Catholic, 1:06.48; 3, Kourtney Brunings, Hazen, 1:10.24.
400 free relay — 1, Kennedy Catholic (Vanessa Moffatt, Hannah Baillie, Natalie Mutter, Angela Gagliardo), 3:46.48; 2, Peninsula (Gabrielle Witlse, Athena Petterson, Madison Ryan, Whitney Mundle), 3:50.71; 3, Hazen (Kristen LeBar, Talisa Wibmer, Emilie Nelson, Kourtney Brunings), 3:53.04.