Freshman girls cross county runner earns medal at state

South Whidbey freshman Kaia Swegler Richmond finished 14th at the class 1A state cross country championships on Nov. 4 in Pasco.

The Falcon girls, which qualified as a team after placing fourth at the 1A district championships on Oct. 28, finished 10th.

Swegler Richmond set a personal best when she finished the 5,000-meter course in 19 minutes and 26 seconds. The top 20 finishers are awarded a state medal.

Junior Alexandra Kurtz and senior Elizabeth Donnelly were the next highest finishers at 55th and 63rd, respectively.

Sophomore Michael Cepowski led the boys with a 46th place finish in 17 minutes and 6 seconds. Junior Callahan Yale, the other qualifier for the boys team, finished 133rd.

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