Cross country runners set PRs

A handful of South Whidbey’s girls and boys cross country runners  finished with personal records at the Sehome X-C Invitational on Saturday.

The girls team finished in 14th place among 30 teams.

Part of the credit goes to junior runner Lilli Stelling. She finished the two mile course in 12 minutes, 42.07 seconds, which put her in seventh place among junior girls. It was her career best two mile time.

All of South Whidbey’s junior girls finished with career bests. Nora Felt ran the course in 14:03.48; Bonnie Klamm finished in 14:17.3; and Anna Hood finished in 15:30.94.

The three South Whidbey senior girls were close to their career best times. Jessica Cary finished in 14:21; Marina Kovic ended her two-mile run in 15:16.56; and Taya Jae was done in 15:32.74.

The lone Falcons freshman finished in 15:03.26 for her first high school cross country meet. No South Whidbey sophomores raced at the invite that included schools from several classifications around Puget Sound such as Everett, Bellingham and Oak Harbor.

The boys team finished in 21st place among 30 teams. First-year cross country runner Noah Moeller, a senior, was the Falcons’ best racer. He finished 16th out of 95 racers in the senior boys division in 11 minutes, 15.50 seconds.

South Whidbey’s other senior boys finished in 54th and 85th places. Will Zink, team captain, completed the two mile course in 12 minutes, 16.09 seconds. Michael Cavendar crossed the finish line in 13 minutes, 20.17 seconds.

Junior Jhamil Bader-Jarvis ran his second-best two mile time in 12:14.97.

Five Falcon freshmen set their marks, too, because it was their first high school cross country meet. Cole Zink had South Whidbey’s second-best time with 11:55.90 and finished 14th among freshmen competitors.

The other freshmen finishers: Andy Zisette, 12:46.08; Anders Bergquist, 12:46.43; Truman Hood, 12:48.95; and Anthony Kovic, 13:45.51.

Sehome won the invite in both the boys and the girls races.

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