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X-country girls win conference
The South Whidbey High School girl's cross country team won their second consecutive conference title at Lakewood High School Saturday. The boys placed second behind Lakewood.
Individually, Katy Gordon placed second with 20 minutes, seven seconds, running even with Cedarcrest's Caitlin Ramirez through the 2.5-mile course.
Freshman Caroline Habel (20:46), Cassie Bosman (22:20), Courtney Bosman (22:32) and Jean Koelblinger (22:56) had great runs, all achieving their personal best.
For the boys, JD Peters (16:38) ran even with Lakewood's Typer Rapp until the last 800 meters when Rapp pulled away. Over the years in league meets, Peters has placed fifth (ninth-grade), third (10th-grade), and second in the 11th and 12th grades, plus five years as an All-League runner.
Mary Bakeman (20:55) placed fourth twice, fifth and sixth during her four trip to the league championships. Jason Fitz (17:41) had a 36-second improvement over last year's league meet.
"The girls have won the league meet three out of the last four years and have never placed lower than second in last seven years," Coach Doug Fulton noted. "The boys were third last year and have won twice in last five years."
On Saturday, 39 schools representing runners from 2A, 3A and 4A schools will gather at 10 a.m. on Waterman Field for the District 1 championships.