A team of current and former South Whidbey High School cross country runners placed second overall and first in their division out of 341 teams at the Ragnar Rainier Trail run Aug. 23 and 24 at the Crystal Mountain Ski Resort.
In addition, a second group of island runners placed 13th overall and sixth in their class.
Ragnar sponsors 37 trail and road relay races throughout the United States and eight international events.
The Crystal Mountain course included three loops of 2.8, 4.9 and 8.2 miles, respectively. Each of the eight team members completed each loop, running a total of 15.9 miles per person and 127.2 as a team with an elevation gain/loss of 685 feet.
South Whidbey’s The Grind 24/7, captained by Cooper Ullmann, finished second overall in a time of 21:52:54. The SeaHunks, an open team, won in 20:21:47.
Ullmann was joined on the team by Aidan Donnelly, Sam Martin, Reilly McVay, Aidan O’Brien, Thomas Simms, Will Simms and Callahan Yale.
The group finished first in the high school division, about two-and-a-half hours ahead of the next prep team from Klahowya (24:34:19).
The SW Co-ed Team, captained by Kaia Richmond Swegler, took 13th in 25:16:05, good for sixth in the open division. Along with Richmond Swegler, the squad included Sam Baesler, Andrew Curtis, Trent Hogarth, Grace Huffman, Tyler King, Preston Leon and Erin Simms.