Cougar cross country wins league title

The future looks bright, and fast, for cross country on South Whidbey.

Langley Middle School won the Cascade League Finals, outscoring second-place Lakewood by 20 points.

The Cougars were led by Mallorie Mitchem, Sophie Morgan and Anna Leski. They finished in first, second and fourth place, respectively.

The other Lady Cougars were close behind, as Rashelle Scriven claimed 12th place and Eden McCary took 14th.

On the boys team, Peter Jacobs won second place, Will Simms came in fourth place and AJ Lominac was ninth. The Cougars’ other two boys runners — John Deritis and Athan Seyler — finished 13th and 14th.

The Cougars finished the season with three individual champions.

Mitchem won the eighth-grade girls league title; Morgan won the seventh-grade girls title and Simms won the seventh-grade boys title.

Langley replaced eight of its top 10 scorers from last season’s team. The new Cougars filled their roles to beat Lakewood, Granite Falls, King’s and Northshore Christian at Lakewood High School on Oct. 19.

“These kids beat a very good Lakewood team,” said Cougar coach Jack Terhar. “They placed 10 in the top-20 for girls and nine in the top-20 on the boys side. It was a total team effort. Steve (Jones) and I are very proud of the entire team for their work at practices that made this possible.”

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