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Cougar cross country surprises at league finale
The Langley Middle School cross country teams found their stride in the final Cascade League race of the season last month, claiming first place in both the boys and girls team standings.
Five boys and five girls racers from Langley Middle School placed in the top 15, giving the Cougars an edge over Lakewood, Sultan and Granite Falls in the 1.74 mile race. All of Langley’s runners set their fastest race times at the last meet of the year at Lakewood High School.
“Coach Steve Jones and I could not be more proud of these kids,” said Cougar coach Jack Terhar in a news release. “Not because they won league championships, but because of the work ethic and support for each other that they developed over the course of the season.”
The top girl runner was Elizabeth Donnelly, an eighth-grader at the middle school. She finished with a personal-best time of 11:09.59. Seventh-grade teammate Lilly Timms was close behind in 11:30.79, good for sixth place.
Cougar eighth-grader Julia Hess finished in eighth place in 11:46.00. Nora Anastasi, also an eighth-grader, placed 13th in 12:15.42. Annika Hustad took 15th place in 12:25.07.
On the boys team, eighth-grader Arthur Keast led the way with a fourth-place finish in 10:09.15.
Teammate Alex Low was on his heels, finishing in 10:29.36, good for sixth place. Ryan Keene placed ninth in 10:44.27.
Langley’s other top-15 finishes were claimed by seventh-grader Wes Kemp in 10:59.53 for 14th place, and Zach Lindstrom in 11:00.25 for 15th place.
Langley Middle School’s other runners: Max Dodd, 12:09.37; Liam Henny, 12:14.29; Jaden White, 12:26.20; Wren Leoshefskie, 13:25.87; Grace Callahan, 13:26.12; Amara Fulton, 13:26.96; Joe Davies, 13:35.98; Sophie Hamer, 14:41.24; Aly Lynch, 15:02.10; and Russell Daly, 16:48.47.